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Why is the Neck Often Forgotten and Neglected?

 

We are often guilty of taking good care of our faces but perhaps forgetting that the neck can be just as important to include in our daily routine.  

You might not realise that the skin on your neck is going to suffer from just the same wear and tear as your face - but often without the same help.  The skin on our necks is thinner than the skin on our faces and it’s exposed to the same elements.

So what are you doing to help the skin on your neck? 

Don't put all your attention and effort in looking after your face while neglecting the all important neck area.  It could mean that as you age, your face will retain its youthful look but your neck will give the game away!

  • Over time, skin loses collagen and elastin while smoking and sun damage can further accelerate aging of the skin on the neck.  At the same time and as we get older, laxity in the neck occurs due to a loss of support from connective tissue and muscle.  This can lead to the appearance of loose skin under the chin - often referred to as “turkey neck". 
  • Unfortunately, the appearance of sagging skin on the neck can affect everyone - even men.  Yes, even men can be affected especially with the repeated pulling of the platysma muscle, which is the muscle men often flex while shaving.  This tugs on the overlying skin and causes it to wrinkle over time.  In addition, thyroid or neck surgery will loosen the neck and can contribute to an aging appearance.

Our top ten tips for a younger looking neck

  1. Taking collagen supplements to help the skin absorb more water and appear plumper in the process. The more collagen you have to support your skin cells, the more taut your skin will appear over time—the defining feature of a youthful neck.
  2. Exercising helps to reverse aging especially if you can start a fitness regime of twice weekly, moderate-intensity exercise.
  3. Including Vitamins in your diet, remembering that Vitamin D is one of the best for your skin along with Vitamins A, C and E.
  4. Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are an essential tool in the body's natural production of collagen. And the best time to load up on them is in the evening so that, while you sleep, your body is working hard to reconstruct cell membranes ensuring your skin, including the always-exposed skin at your neck, can recover from any chemical or physical damage.  Include flaxseed oil for a dose of fatty acids plus omega-3 rich foods like cold-water fish or avocados.
  5. Avoiding sun damage by shielding your face and neck with a natural sunscreen or by a wide brimmed hat.
  6. Keeping the skin clean because when you allow tired skin cells to linger on the surface for too long, duller, older looking skin can be the result.  Often, the neck area is neglected when it comes to cleansing.  Simply Cleansing Oil will help to clean, tighten and tone the skin with its high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and powerful anti-oxidants.
  7. Moisturizing your neck at the same time as you do your face - every morning.  Simply Face Oil leaves no sticky residue as it promotes clear, glowing skin.
  8. If you have dark spots on your neck, you’re looking at the results of sun damage. Luckily, you don’t have to live with age spots forever - they can be helped with H-Age Spots Formula which works to diminish the appearance of age spots quickly by evening out skin tone and working to fade those dark spots.
  9. Options for cosmetic neck surgery include liposuction of the neck to reduce fat or a neck lift to tighten the skin and muscle.  The results are said to be natural-looking and can last up to 10 to 12 years.
  10. Don't forget our own 100% natural Simply Neck Oil helping to supercharge your skin while you sleep.  The Oil will tone and tighten the skin as well as increase the appearance of the skin's overall elasticity. It nourishes and hydrates the skin to help minimize developing lines, wrinkles and turkey neck. 

Décolleté is a beautiful French word meaning “wearing a low-neck dress," but it is also the word we use to refer to our upper chest area, including the neck, cleavage and shoulder areas.

We have pointed out earlier that the skin on the neck is one of the first places women show their age because the area has less elasticity and thinner skin tissue than our faces.

Don't make the mistake of overlooking the décolletage - including the neck of course - when it comes to skin care.  It needs to be treated with just as much care as the face.

Sources

Isaac Z. Evaluation of the patient with neck pain and cervical spine disorders. http://www.uptodate.com/home. (Accessed June 11, 2021)

Isaac Z. Treatment of neck pain. http://www.uptodate.com/home.  (Accessed June 11, 2021)

Chiropractic and neck pain. American Chiropractic Association. https://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=2430. (Accessed June 11, 2021)

Neck pain. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00231.(Accessed June 11, 2021)