We’re religious when it comes to facial skincare, cleansing, double cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, toning, SPF slathering – you get the picture. But when it comes to the epidermal real estate below our jawlines, (read: our necks), we’re lackadaisical about showing it the same tender loving care it deserves.
And do you know why our necks need equal, if not more TLC? Because it has less collagen and supportive tissue, which means that the skin on our necks are on of the first areas to show signs of aging. Nobody likes spotting a turkey neck so if you don’t already have a dedicated care routine for your neck, read on for tips, tricks and everything in between to keep your neck looking the same age as your face.
Just like your face, your neck needs exfoliating to clear the pores to absorb your skincare products better. Always massage your neck in upward strokes towards your jawline, never downwards or in circular motion as you want to work against gravity and prevent saggy skin. With neck skin being thin and delicate, you only need to exfoliate for 2-3 minutes and once or twice a week.
APPLY SUNSCREEN TO YOUR NECK EVERY DAY
SPF shouldn’t just be relegated to your beach bag for summer days spent lounging by the ocean or pool. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days—which makes sunscreen an essential skin care product to use 365 days a year. What’s more, spending time outside without wearing sun protection can lead to damage—and that damage can show up down the road as wrinkles and dark spots. And if you only protect your face, you risk having your neck show those visible signs of aging—that’s why it’s important to apply SPF not just to your face, but to your neck (and any other visible skin) as well.
When picking out a sunscreen, look for one that’s broad-spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The Food and Drug Administration recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher every day. Apply your sunscreen of choice 15 minutes before you go outside (and be generous with how much you use!), and remember to reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Did you know that your neck has fewer sebaceous glands than the skin on your face? Because of this, Chwalek says that the neck is more susceptible to things like dryness and irritation, and is more prone to scarring. That’s just yet another reason to apply SPF to protect your neck. She recommends using a daily SPF of 30 or more and using very gentle cleansers. To make it even easier, she says you can use a facial SPF on this area, too.
Neck’s skin is mostly dry. So oil is wonderful to hydrate and rejuvenate this area. Choose something light like chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil to massage your neck with.
When massaging your neck, do it gently with upward motions and never overdo it. Only massage for about 5 to 10 minutes only. You don’t want to strain the skin and create fine lines.
Masks have done wonders for our face. And they can also work for our neck area as well. Just remember to not use any harsh and drying mask like clay, mud masks to avoid drying out the skin here. Any hydrating masks like fruit masks or vegetable masks would be just right. Do a homemade mask with natural ingredients for your face and neck. Or apply the excess essence in your mask pack on your neck while you are putting a mask on your face.
Sitting at the desk working for a few hours straight is extremely stressful and tiring. You will find your neck, shoulder and the whole body so tense and even painful. A good way to relieve it is to have regularly stretch in between your work. This promotes better blood flow, release the muscle and improve your skin area of the neck as well.
Well, it turns out that neck care requires more steps than we thought. But it doesn’t mean that you have to waste more money in this area. Even though the skin here is so thin and sensitive, it’s also quite easy to take care of. You can use the skin care products you have been using for your face on the neck. Or even a mild shower gel can give your neck a good cleanse. Simple right?
We just need to pay a little bit more attention and love for this skin area. Avoid drying it out and cut down bad daily habits that creating fine lines on the neck. Those are the only important points you need to remember for maintaining a beautiful neck.