Too often beauty and skin care articles focus solely on how to rejuvenate the face, when, in reality, an aging neck is typically one of the first body parts to start showing signs of age.
Whether it’s from gravity, hormonal changes, environmental factors, etc., the delicate skin on your neck reflects everyday wear and tear. However, not all is lost! You can eliminate years – even decades – from your neck by following some of these steps.
How to reverse an aged neck.
- Fine lines and brown spots
Most fine lines and brown spots are caused by the skin’s number one enemy: sun exposure. The sun can cause the thin skin on your neck area to become damaged, which usually shows up as brown spots and fine wrinkles. The best way to prevent further damage is to apply sunscreen of at least 30 SPF to your neck every day, and reapply it if you intend to be in direct sunlight. Consider investing in a good sunscreen that has anti-aging properties and collagen building ingredients. Adding Omega-3 to your diet also helps boost collagen regeneration in the skin, which reduces the look of lines and wrinkles.
- Folds or wrinkles
Everyone of a certain age has lines that appear on their neck from years of normal use. However, for some people, these lines can become more exaggerated. Combatting this symptom of an aging neck is similar to the previous solution. Use a sunscreen daily, but focus on a product that has collagen restoring aspects. Apply an anti-aging/wrinkle serum or cream to your neck daily as this will help fill out the lines, giving your neck a smoother and younger appearance. You can also talk to your dermatologist about an injectable filler that can last up to six months. An injectable filler will fill in lines to present a smoother the appearance of your neck.
- Sagging skin
Gravity is never kind to our skin as we age – whether it’s our curves that are a little lower than they used to be or the skin on our neck that isn’t as tight as it once was. This sagging is caused by the skin losing elasticity, which essentially breaks down the bonds that hold skin taut to the body.
An easy, daily fix to this is to apply moisturizer to the base of your jawline where it meets the neck every day. Serums and creams that stimulate collagen production will help tighten the skin.
While creams and the like will never fully restore your skin to its youth, there are more drastic options that will give you better success. Certain laser treatments will tighten the skin of the neck by using light to encourage the growth of collagen where it may have lessened. Be sure to ask your dermatologist about different types of laser treatments.
While the damaged done to your skin is never entirely reversible, using these tips can help you ease into aging gracefully, while appearing as young as you feel! Start matching the effort you put into keeping your face younger looking with a regimen for your neck and you can stave off the lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that is driving you crazy.
Dermatology Associates offers a full spectrum of leading edge medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services from offices in Savannah and Vidalia.