Ageing Necks

Most of us may feel the need to wear scarves or high-necks just to hide those wrinkles, creases, and pigmentation on our necks. This is because the skin on our necks is delicate and ages easily.

Similar to the skin around your eyes, the skin on your neck is very thin, and the lack of support structures makes it more sensitive. We might not notice, but over time our neck will show signs of aging subject to our negligence.

So what things affect our neck?

During the summers, our necks are the most exposed to the sun. The aggregate exposure to the ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) over your lifespan, makes the skin of your neck age easily. We might religiously apply sunscreen on our face as part of our skincare regime, but we might often forget our necks. We don’t realize the importance of applying SPF on the neck until fine lines, dark spots, and pigmentation start to appear, and then it might be too late.

Due to increased exposure to the sun, without applying your sunscreen your skin might lose elastin and collagen, and therefore you might notice your skin sagging, uneven and dry patches, wrinkling, and thinning.

Moreover, you might often spray perfumes on your neck, but did you know that fragrance mixed with UV radiations can also adversely affect your neck? People with sensitive skin might therefore experience redness, pigmentation, and thinning of the skin.

The next important thing is the posture of your neck. We spend a lot of time working on our laptops or looking down on our phones or tablets. The delicate skin on our neck may easily get engraved creases when it often folds due to our routine postures. What most of us don’t know is that our sleep position is also to blame for those creases to form. (1)

Sunscreen

So how can you steer clear of these multitudes of things from happening? Well, taking care of your neck is as vital as taking care of your facial skin.

When you are following your skincare routines at night or in the morning, just make sure you don’t forget your neck. Apply all those steps generously on your neck as well, and don’t forget your ears and the back of your neck.

So girls, DO NOT miss out on applying sunblock on your neck, and also make sure to reapply the product during long exposures to the sun. (2)

Ingredients to use

Moreover, the most beneficial active ingredients to apply to your neck are niacinamide and Vitamin C. These ingredients will help prevent sun damage, and will also help minimize the risk of future sun damage. These ingredients will refine the skin texture, as well as the pigment on your neck.

Retinol can also be useful to make the skin more firm and tight. And studies show that tretinoin works best for the skin of the face and neck. (3)

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water can minimize the sign of aging, and it can give you more refreshed younger-looking skin.

Applying a good moisturizer can also help in retaining the required moisture on your skin, so get separate stock for your neck as well.

Posture

Lastly, being aware of your posture is very important. Avoid postures that squeeze the skin on your neck, and of course, be sure of adopting a good sleep position so that your skin does not crease too easily.

Bottom line, spoil your neck a bit and shower the affection that it needs. Take care of your neck, and if needed, talk to your dermatologist about your routine, or other necessary measures you should take.


References
1. Watson K. How to Tighten Skin On Your Face: Creams, Procedures, and More [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2021 Dec 10]. Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/how-to-tighten-skin-on-face
2. Brady K. Here’s Exactly How To Reverse 6 Major Signs Of Neck Aging [Internet]. Prevention; 2017 [cited 2021 Dec 10]. Available from: https://www.prevention.com/beauty/a20484620/reverse-neck-aging/
3. Ganceviciene R, Liakou AI, Theodoridis A, Makrantonaki E, Zouboulis CC. Skin anti-aging strategies. Dermatoendocrinol. 2012 Jul 1;4(3):308.