Sunday, January 12, 2014

6 Creams and Lotions to Treat Our Aging Necks

Carpé Diem
There's a reason I love Hermés scarves so much.  They serve as the perfect accessory to cover up my ever-aging neck that is crepe-y, has neck bands and looks older than it should.  Unfortunately, those scarves don't always work and most of the time my neck has to go free.

It's not for lack of attention, since my mid-20's I have been self-conscious of my neck.  I have diligently applied sunscreen, moisturizing creams and serums religiously for more than a decade.

Why Our Necks Age Quickly 
The skin on our neck is already thinner than other parts of the body.  This thin layer of skin takes a lot of abuse, sun damage being a main culprit.  As we lose collagen, the skin on our neck loses elasticity.  Our necks don't have any oil glands either.  The lack of oil glands also leads to dryness which can make the neck look parched and weathered.

I hate my neck!
Also take into account of all the movement we do with the neck: the twisting and turning.  That accelerates the aging process as well.

What Can We Do: Prevention 
I believe it is always easier to prevent something than it is to treat it.  Focus on prevention now and it will save you thousands of dollars later.
Clarisonic Mia
Clarisonic Mia
Exfoliate the neck and chest once a week with your favorite scrub.  I also love using the Clarisonic on my neck and chest.  This will help the creams you use on the region absorb better.

You must use sunscreen on the neck and chest.  Again, MUST USE SUNSCREEN.  I use an SPF 30 or higher.

There are a few I like:
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Day Lotion
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Day Lotion SPF 30
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Day Lotion SPF 30 - one of my go-to's for face, neck and chest.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 110 - this is a good one if you're going running or will be in the sun all day.
Aveeno Daily Naturals Moisturizer SPF 30 - another great, affordable choice.

What We Can Do: Treatment
This is where it gets pricey.  You can spend a fortune on neck creams and corrective surgery to repair that wrinkled turkey neck.
Dr. Brandt DNA Firming Neck Cream
Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Firming Neck Cream
Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Firming Neck Cream - this is what I am using right now.  It claims to firm and tighten the neck.  It's effective...I think.  It is quite hydrating.
L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm Face/Neck/Chest - this is an incredibly rich cream that has earned coveted praise from Good Housekeeping as the best neck cream for fine lines and dry skin.
Revision Skincare Nectifirm - this is a dermatologist and medical spa favorite.  You can find this in doctors' offices across the country.  It claims to reduce the "appearance of fine lines and wrinkles".

The Takeaway
Prevention is your best friend in combating that wrinkled turkey neck.  Noninvasive procedures like injectables and fillers are always an option, albeit a pricey one.

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