Causes and Solutions for Necklines
Recently, beauty companies have been stressing the importance of good neck care. These warnings were met with skepticism, as they sounded like a scam to sell products for a niche area which never seemed important in the eyes of many. But many dermatologists have backed the claims of taking good care of your neck’s skin as one strategy for taking care of your body’s skin in general. There are many reasons the neck is more prone to dryness and irritation.
For one, the neck has extremely thin skin because of its cell composition. It’s far more prone to wrinkling than the face or body, but these chances can be reduced by increasing collagen levels. Secondly, the neck is naturally free of oil. This sounds great on the surface, but it means that the neck can’t moisturize itself and keep looking naturally youthful. This lack of oil stems from the neck’s few number of sebaceous glands, which secrete oil.
Finally, the neck is far more prone to wrinkling because of the “platysma,” a muscle which runs from the jawline to the clavicle. This muscle is stretched rather frequently – like wen you say “eek” – which accelerates the aging process of the neck. Indeed, the neck does need care and attention, so here’s eight ways to properly care for it.
1. Cleanse Often
Ideally, you should treat your neck as would the skin on your face. When you cleanse your face, you should also cleanse your neck. There are no complicated steps or conditions to consider when cleansing, simply continue your cleansing process down to the neck and make sure to get a thorough, deep clean.
This process will remove dirt, toxins, and other substances on your neck and keep it feeling smoother and younger. The only caveat is this; you shouldn’t use soap, as this can alter the pH balance of your skin. You should instead use a creamy cleanser, and there are many vitamin C serums which do the job.
2. Exfoliate Once a Week
You exfoliate your face often, so you should also exfoliate your neck. This exfoliation process helps your cells renew themselves, as well as removing dead cells and making the skin feel fresh and revigorated. You don’t have to use a physical exfoliator; you can always use cleansing brush like the FOREO Luna or Clarisonic. There are also acid exfoliators like Pixi’s Glow Tonic.
3. Use Serums Which Are Neck Specific
In addition to cleansing and exfoliating your neck often, you can use serums which are designed specifically to treat the neck. While using the product on your face for your neck is harmless, there are additional benefits to using neck serums. These formulas take into account the sensitivity and thinness of the neck to give the deepest, least irritating clean possible. There are a multitude of these products available now, such as our Derma-lift - Instant Face Lift Secret Formula
4. Neck Exercises
There are many exercises you can do for you neck. Stretch it out often and tilt it back while sticking out your lip. This will strengthen the front of the neck and prevent the wrinkling caused by the platysma. As you exercise the neck, don’t forget to breathe deeply and hold the position for a few seconds. You can also press your tongue to the roof of your mouth, which works the chin and neck muscles. On top of exercises, there are therapy devices designed to relax neck muscles and aid in the anti-aging process.
5. Use Sunscreen
Many people underestimate the intensity of sun damage. Sun rays can cause substantial skin damage which lasts a lifetime but can be easily blocked with the proper sunscreen. For the most effective and protective results, you should use sunscreen which is at least SPF 30 or above. It also doesn’t hurt to apply it every day, as the sun never takes a holiday and you’re exposed to sun damage every time you go out. If you’re in the sun for a prolonged period of time, a hat works well to provide extra shade and protection from sun damage.
6. Adjust Your Computer
Doctors and dermatologists alike are just discovering the ill effects of “tech neck.” This occurs when you stare are you phone or computer screen for a prolonged period of time. It can wreak havoc on the muscles and skin of your neck but can be countered by moving your computer to a higher position. Don’t stare down at your phone either, as this can exacerbate the effects of tech neck.
7. Stop Using Perfume
Many love to spritz perfume on their neck when they go out, but this can actually be quite counterproductive for the neck’s skin. Many fragrances dry out the skin and cause it wrinkle and age at an accelerated rate. Instead of spritzing perfume on the neck, keep it on your wrists and behind your ears. Some even spray some behind their knees on warmer nights.
8. Use Cucumber Masks
Cucumbers are nature’s revitalizing agent. Because they contain ample amounts of water, vitamins, and minerals, cucumbers are great for tightening and hydrating skin. This protects from dryness and aids in the anti-aging process. Any cucumber will work, even those bought from the store; simply grate the cucumber and extract the juice. Apply the juice to your face then rinse it with water.