Don’t Forget Your Neck Skin

OK, I’m going to say it. “Turkey neck.” So, what can we do to help treat and prevent the onset of this ornithological disaster on our neck skin?

Neck skin is thinner and less elastic than on the face, and is more prone to wrinkling and sagging. As we age, the situation worsens with the deterioration of the skin’s essential scaffolding, collagen, and the weakening of elastin fibers. The other evil is overexposure to the sun, causing age spots and pigmentation.

So, Let’s start treating our neck like we do our face.

Dry, thirsty neck skin is in need of a good quenching, so make sure to use moisturizer every morning and night on your neck and take it all the way down to your décolletage.

Ideally, use a liquid exfoliator containing AHAs or BHAs. Not only does this allow your moisturizer to absorb better, it also leaves your skin feeling silkier and smoother.

You need to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, applying it down your neck and over your décolletage.

For Deeper Wrinkles and Loose Skin

These deeper lines and loose skin are problematic, but a dermatologist-prescribed retinoid cream can help alleviate some of the problem by stimulating the production of collagen—so that existing wrinkles are diminished while preventing the onset of new ones. But, for loose skin, a little more intervention is often needed.

The targeted use of Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of horizontal lines, lifting the lower skin of the face. Intramuscular injections of PRP therapy can also rejuvenate and restore the platysma bands, causing them to relax and become less visible, too.

Loose skin under the chin can be reduced and tightened using fractional laser treatments, which stimulates the production of collagen and some even tighten the skin. Kybella™ is another alternative available from dermatologists and doctors which involves injecting the fat cells under the neck with deoxycholic acid. It literally dissolves fat cells under the chin in 3-4 weeks time. IPL laser treatments can reduce pigmentation and age spots on the neck and face.

Check with a reputable dermatologist or plastic surgeon for more information on these treatments.

And don’t forget the beauty and health mantra: what you put on the inside will show on the outside! Load up your diet with those age-combatting anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Okay. Hold your head up high, stand tall and proud, and don’t let your neck let you down!

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