5 ways to treat neck wrinkles
It's one of the first places we forget to treat, yet one of the first places we age.
We’re sure you're familiar with the terms, 'turkey neck' and 'chicken neck' that refer to the deterioration of the delicate skin on our neck, which slackens as we age. While we are in a fit to slather lotions and potions on our face, we can all guilty of not bringing it down to the neck and décolletage as often as we should (even I am guilty as charged at times!)
Just like most conundrums in the world of beauty, as luck would have it, there are some additions to your beauty regime that may help turn back the clock and prevent future damage - your neck will thank you for it - we promise.
If you're not using a high SPF over your whole body by now, smack on the hand - you should be. Most of the damage that happens to our skin is from the sun and unfortunately with our horrendously depleted ozone layer - it's essential that we are covered up all the time. Think of the sun’s rays like this - UVA: ageing and UVB: burning so being out in the sun and your neck being exposed is not only going to burn it which will in turn become damage, but also age is which you guessed it, causes the wrinkles that can eventually resemble a charpei puppy. This has to become a non-negotiable step in your skincare regime and the higher the better - 30+ or more is what we would recommend.
bh loves: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50, $94; Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+, $42; Clinique Super City Block SPF30+, $50; Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF45, $83 and Elizabeth Arden Sun Defense for Face SPF50 Sunscreen, $45.
If you're not in the habit of applying a neck cream, now is the time. This delicate area is just as prone to age spots and wrinkling as the skin on our faces and needs to be considered part of your daily skincare regime. If you are feeling like some mild creping creeping in (excuse the pun), adding a neck cream will help to hold ageing at bay. Sweep the cream up your neck in sweeping motions to encourage lifting and firming while also helping the cream absorb. Top tip - rub any left over crram to the top of your hands for a quick anti-ageing booster to another delicate area.
bh loves: Chantecaille Biodynamic Lifting Neck Cream, $265; Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-aging Neck and Decollete Firm & Repair Cream, $180 and Skin Physic's Advance Superlift Neck Treatment Cream, $90.
At home treatments
The perfect excuse to pop your feet up with a glass of wine or cup of tea is by adding a face and neck mask to your weekly regime. These potent sheets are designed to contour to the shape of your face and neck allowing the concentrated serum to work its magic on signs of ageing.
bh loves: Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift-Serum Mask 5 Piece, $150.
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Another ingenious at-home option are these wrinkle-busting pads. New to the market comes Wrinkles Schminkles, which offer medical grade silicone pads that worn overnight help to banish creasesand you guessed it, they offer one for the neck. Boom!
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While there are many treatments you could look at to address this issue, there are two stand outs in the industry for their stellar results on this part of the body and these are VPL and PRP.
VPL (variable pulsed light therapy) is a skin treatment which targets pigmentation, ageing, veins and broken capillaries as well as promoting an increase in collagen production. This treatment works by pulsing high energy light beams to the underlying tissue working to undo damage. Best completed as a course, expect the skin to improve in texture, tone and the added benefit of diminished lines.
PRP (platelet rich plasma) skin rejuvenation is commonly known as the Vampire Facial, Kim Kardashian shot the spotlight on. This non-surgical treatment works with your own blood separating out over 300 growth factors which are then reintroduced to the skin resulting in collagen synthesis and skin rejuvenation.
Those who don’t shy away from needles may like to look at injectables which can help to diminish and ward off future wrinkles. The Face Place actually offer a Neck Rejuvenation Plan which has been created to help undo damage to the neck. Looling at offerings such as Botox, fillers, dermal rolling and light therapy, fine lines, jowls and sagging can all be addressed.
Have you tried any of these treatments on your neck? Comment below and tell us your experience.