Sometimes it feels like there is a new skin concern for us to battle with every seasonal change. Generally, most self-care tends to go to our face, body, hands, and even feet. People rarely think about their neck or décolletage area, which is known to many beauty experts as the “forgotten zone” of the body.
“The neck skin is very thin and needs to be protected, and it shows how much you’re aging because people forget their necks,” says Jeanine Downie, MD, the owner of Image Dermatology P.C. and a board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey. “There are not a lot of oil glands on the neck, which is one of the reasons why it ages so fast.”
According to Downie, the key is to start caring for your neck long before it shows signs of sun damage or aging. “We as humans react to indoor lighting and outdoor lighting—the blue light from the phone, computer, Apple Watch, and the iPad,” Downie explains. “All of that blue light is changing our necks and faces faster.” Blue light isn’t the only technology-related concern for this region: Tech neck is another major issue. Many individuals who look at computers or phones all day long are plagued by stiffness, soreness, and pain in their neck and upper body.
Beyond lifestyle, nutrition also plays a major role in our skincare health. Sir John, the celebrity makeup artist and the creative director of L’Oréal Paris USA, believes heavily that skincare truly begins with what you eat. “Eating the proper foods will aid in cell rejuvenation and collagen production,” says John, who is a fan of juicing raw vegetables.
When a healthy lifestyle meets the right skincare products, you’ll be glowing from the inside out. Now, let’s give your neck the TLC it deserves: Our experts are sharing their favorite neck-specific products that hydrate, smooth lines, and improve cell renewal.
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Neck Correct Cream
Peptides, microalgae, protein, and botanicals are the key ingredients in this product, according to Downie. “Improvement can be seen after four weeks and more of a significant improvement after eight weeks,” she says.
Alastin Restorative Neck Complex
The development of horizontal lines across the neck can be concerning for many, but Ryan Turner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, recommends this next-generation skin tightener that contains a potent combination of antioxidants. It also has squalane for skin barrier repair and proprietary peptides to improve collagen and elastin. While Turner says it is a bit more pricey, it remains one of his go-to products for patients.
Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Moisturizer Cream
Turner also recommends this wallet-friendly drugstore find that is non-comedogenic, hydrating, and contains a broad-spectrum SPF of 30.
Neck Fit Contour Serum
Referred to as a skincare workout for your neck and décolletage, this firming serum tightens, tones, and lifts your neck for a more youthful and sculpted appearance. “This product has a rolling applicator, making it super easy to apply. Not only does it help smooth, but it also can help fight pollution and free radicals, which are known to lead to an aging effect on the skin,” says Turner.
Bakuchiol Skin Renewal Serum
Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC who specializes in skin cancer surgery, says the ingredient bakuchiol treats a lot of the same concerns as retinol, but without the irritation. “It does address a lot of the signs of aging and things that people don’t like about their neck, but in a non-irritating way,” she explains. “It’s is a safer product to recommend for mass usage.”
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
As we age, the hyaluronic acid in our skin depletes, leaving us with dry skin. This serum helps to bind moisture to the skin’s surface while smoothing it and providing 24 hours of hydration. Tia Morgan, a makeup artist and the owner of TM Faces, is a fan of this product: “It is a great alternative to use on the neck area, and the fact that it minimizes lines and promotes hydration is a plus.”
Revitalizing Neck Cream
Morgan likes the benefits of this formula—she recommends this product to many of her clients. This antioxidant cream was developed to specifically hydrate, smooth, and nourish the delicate skin on the neck and décolletage for a visibly renewed look.
iS Clinical Neck Perfect
“This serum is created to help sculpt and tighten your neck,” says Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist, licensed aesthetician, and owner of Skinntone Beauty & Esthetics. “We are now working from home, looking down for long periods at the computer or looking down at our phones, and unfortunately, we are causing our necks to sag,” Delbridge explains, noting the importance of caring for tech neck. “These new products that are coming out are a must if you want to maintain that beautiful, taut skin on your neck.”
Carboxy CO2 Therapy Face & Neck Gel Mask
If you’re looking for treatment beyond a neck cream, Delbridge recommends this one. “The CO2 gel is placed on your skin and then a mask is placed over the gel,” she said. “The result is oxygenated skin that looks younger, firmer, and tighter, especially in the neck area. It helps with acne as well.”
Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
Engelman says that if cost is a concern, you can still find a great product that is wallet-friendly. “This Olay line is a great one because it has niacinamide, which has antioxidants, and it brightens the skin and the neck,” says Engelman. “In addition to having good ingredients, the brand is affordable and readily available in every market.”
Tripeptide-R Neck Repair Cream
This retinol-based neck cream from SkinCeuticals helps smooth aging skin and can help even your skin tone. It has a superpower ingredient called tripeptide concentrate that can strengthen the super-thin skin around your neck to build resilience.
Embryoderme Anti-Aging Face Cream
Clark Vincent, a celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist, suggests investing in a moisturizer that is not only great for your face but also supports the neck area. “Moisturizing is always good for anyone’s skin,” Vincent says. “This product is great because not only does it penetrate well and help to hydrate the neck, but it also has a dual purpose as a primer.”
Firming Neck Cream
This paraben-free anti-aging formula gets glowing remarks from over 5,000 reviewers on Amazon because it hydrates, repairs, and boosts collagen in just a few short months.
Pure Glycolic Acid Serum
With a 10 percent concentration of exfoliating glycolic acid, this product speeds up skin cell renewal and promotes the production of collagen. The benefits are reduced lines, wrinkles, and even skin tone and texture. “Every vertical in your skincare routine does not need to be pricey,” says Engelman.
Resilience Night Face and Neck Moisturizer
This hardworking formula from Estée Lauder does double duty: It’s made for both your face and neck. Standout ingredients include a tri-peptide complex that leaves you with plump and more resilient skin. This is a night cream, so apply it before bed and you’ll wake up feeling moisturized post-beauty sleep.
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