According to Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic, “The skin of the neck is one of the thinnest in the body and this is also why signs of aging also can appear earlier than in our faces. General tips are to be consistent with sunscreen use and consider using retinoids (vitamin A). Retinoids help with cell renewal and increase collagen production in the skin and this helps to lighten pigmentation (age spots) and fine lines in the skin.”
If you’re experiencing skins of aging in the neck including vertical bands (also very unkindly known as turkey bands), horizontal lines, sagging and crepey skin and pigmentation and fine lines, these are some products and treatments that may actually help you out.
In the Doctor’s Office
Not gonna lie – we love our dermatologists. We think of them as modern day witch doctors with wands, potions, and occasionally needles that help us turn back the hands of time.
If your neck’s looking like you should be getting ready to be the main course this Thanksgiving, Botox may be your answer, or specifically, the Nefertiti Lift treatment. According to Dr Rachel, “The vertical cords that are seen due to the platysma muscle. The platysma muscle is a superficial muscle that pulls the corners of the lips down when you grimace or say E with your teeth clenched. The action of this muscle becomes accentuated with aging. The overlying skin also thins with age due to collagen loss and this worsens the appearance of the vertical bands.”
Dr Rachel explains that, “The Nefertiti Lift refers to the use of small amounts of Botox in the neck and along the jawline to treat the turkey bands and create a gentle lift along the jawline to reduce sagging in the jawline and neck.”
Necklace Neck, or Tech Neck
See the horizontal lines going around your neck? You have collagen loss, sun exposure, aging, and of course, repeated neck movements to look at our phones to blame. Dr Rachel drops the knowledge bomb, “Moisturising alone will not be sufficient to treat this. Although retinoids can help to a small extent, you’re looking at treatments that can build collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, including fractional CO2 lasers or treatments like Rejuran Healer or Skinbooster
Products to Use at Home
NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst
You can thank us when you love this product because there’s not many reviews on it on the internet, and colour us surprised because we love this baby so much we’ve started using it under our eyebrows for a little bit of lift (we have Director of DECIEM for Australia and Asia to thank for this tip!). It’s no overnight miracle, but remember that the lines on your neck took years to create, so it will need just that amount of dedication to help reduce what you don’t like about it. Goodbye, crepey skin!
Sisley Paris Neck Cream
It’s quite the splurge but the Sisley Paris Neck Cream contains major skin hydrators like shea butter, along with caffeine, red algae extract, and horse chestnut to tighten and smooth the skin south of your chin. Oat seed extract and rhatany (a plant-based astringent) provide an immediate tightening effect, while soy fiber and vitamin E extract work with consistency o create a more permanent lift in time.