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You take impeccable care of your skin by using products with high-quality ingredients designed to target and treat signs of aging and other skincare concerns, but you may be neglecting another very important area that can give away your age: your neck. The skin on your neck and chest is thinner than elsewhere on the body, making it quite susceptible to sun damage which results in fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and crepey looking skin. The good news is that you can do things to prevent your neck from aging you and if you already have some damage, there are ways to correct it. Keep reading for our top neck care tips.
The products that you use on your face, provided they are of a quality formulation, can also add significant benefits to your neck and chest as well. When washing your face, don’t stop at the jawline but extend the cleanser all the way down your neck. The same advice goes for your toner, exfoliant and moisturizer. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that you need to use SPF on your neck and chest too, because these are areas that are frequently exposed.
And while we’re talking about exposure, wearing clothing that provides sun protection is a great way to help care for your neck to keep it looking healthy and young. Turtlenecks and scarves during the winter and less revealing tops or lightweight scarves in warmer months are easy and stylish ways to keep the skin of your neck protected from UV damage.
The single most effective thing you can do to prevent aging and the visible signs of aging, particularly crepey skin on the neck, is to wear a product containing SPF every single day. Without fail. Any time you are going to be exposed to the sun and its harmful UV rays, you need to be applying some sort of protection to keep skin from getting damaged and looking old prematurely. Experts recommend using an SPF of at least 25-30+ in order to get adequate UV protection.
“Niacin is a B vitamin that, until recently, we could not get through the skin barrier. Now a new delivery system…means it can penetrate the epidermis and strengthen the skin barrier. I’ve seen it dramatically improve the texture and tone of the neck and decolletage,” says Patricia Wexler, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.
Neck care is often overlooked, even by those who take the most meticulous care of their face. Your neck skin is delicate and sensitive and it requires as much care as your face does. With these top neck care tips, you can minimize the appearance of previous damage, prevent further damage and keep your skin looking healthier and younger. Remember that to see results, you must be consistent about your skincare, so find products that work for you and use them daily for best results.