Avoiding the ‘Turkey Neck’ Look

Avoiding the ‘Turkey Neck’ Look

Your face isn’t the only area of your body that can make you look old, your hands, chest and neck are all pretty visible indicators of aging. You may not consider your neck a major source of aging frustration, but as you get older and your skin loses collagen, you’ll begin to experience sagging and/or crepey looking skin. Luckily, there are several options for preventing and treating this aging issue and if you’re already dealing with it, there are services available that can treat turkey neck.

Exfoliate
Improving cell turnover is important to keep your skin looking and acting young and one of the best ways to do this is to exfoliate regularly. Your skin on your neck is just as delicate as the skin on your face, so you probably want to save your coarse body scrubs for your arms and legs. Using products with alpha or beta-hydroxy acids are a gentle way to thoroughly exfoliate delicate skin. Aim to exfoliate once or twice each week to speed up cell turnover and to remove any dead skin cells, dirt or other debris.

Moisturize
Your neck needs as much, if not more, moisture as your face does. The skin on your neck is as delicate as the skin on your face, but it is also naturally drier because it has fewer sebaceous glands, less lipids and fewer melanocytes. Sebaceous glands are responsible for producing naturally moisturizing oils and lipids are required to protect your skin from external damage. Melanocytes are cells responsible for giving your skin the color it has and it helps protect against UV damage. With these three essential components missing, you should add moisture both morning and night when you are doing your skincare routine. You may be able to use your regular facial moisturizer, but as you age you may find that a heavier cream is necessary to keep your neck well hydrated, smooth and supple.

SPF
Applying a sunscreen every day is the most effective way to protect against aging and premature signs of aging, but the neck is often overlooked as an area that needs protection. Although your neck does receive some natural protection from your chin, hair, scarves or hats, it does still require protection from UV damage. Use a sunscreen on your neck, and go down your chest, to avoid developing premature wrinkles that result in the dreaded turkey neck.

Exercise
One of the best things you can do for your neck requires no financial investment and is something you can start while you’re reading this – neck exercise. It may sound, and feel, a bit silly at first, but working your neck muscles helps to firm up the entire area and helps you avoid sagging skin. Here are three exercises you can try to keep your neck looking young:

  • Stick your chin out and move your lower jaw forward, then repeat for a set of 10
  • Begin by looking directly in front of you, then slowly move your head to look up at the ceiling. Hold this position for five seconds and then return to your starting position. Repeat 10 times
  • Move your lower lip so it is over your upper lip and hold for ten seconds, then repeat 10 times

Professional Treatments
If you’ve already got neck damage, you might need a little more help to keep the area looking young and firm rather than wrinkly and saggy. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are two popular treatments used to repair damage and reveal healthier skin. A significantly more expensive option is laser therapy, but you will see a definite return on your investment. Laser therapies can treat uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and broken or visible blood vessels caused by sun exposure. Botox is another option for treating saggy neck skin, but if your problem is serious jiggle, plastic surgery to treat your neck is recommended.

If you have been ignoring your neck, now is the time to start giving it the attention it deserves. Cleanse your neck (and chest) daily as you wash your face, exfoliate two or three times a week and keep your neck well hydrated. Following the tips above will help you to prevent, and treat, turkey neck so you can stay looking as young as you feel.

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