Let’s chat about the skin on our neck…
How do you take care of the skin on your neck?
So what does this mean for maintenance? How should we be caring for our necks? Dr Zamani says a combination of ‘SPF, retinol creams and serums to improve tone and increase collagen production, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, ceramides and peptides to lock in moisture and vitamin c’ is ideal, which Kerr agrees with: ‘growth factors and peptides that will stimulate collagen, vitamin c to help with pigmentation, strengthen the capillaries and then an SPF50 sunscreen.’
Can’t we just use our normal skincare?
So are our face creams ok to use on our necks? Or can we use our run-of-mill body moisturiser? Dr Zamani says no to the body cream, ‘but I always recommend using all face skincare on the neck and décolletage.’ Kate Kerr agrees, ‘Continue your face skincare routine down your neck and along your décolletage. Those two areas get a lot of sun and they’re also on show and if you’re using a lot of active ingredients on your face but neglecting your neck and décolletage then you can get a bit of disparity between the two, and the neck and décolletage can look older or in less good condition.’
Neck creams – are they worth it?
So if this is the case, why are there neck creams? As Kerr puts it: ‘I don’t think there’s a lot of difference to be honest, it’s purely marketing and making money for the cosmetic market. Skin is skin and as an anti-ageing product it’s going to have the same ingredients as your face cream. It might be slightly more rich, because the neck has fewer sebaceous glands, so it might be slightly dryer. but they really are unnecessary.’ You basically want to hydrate, protect, stimulate collagen and elastin production, which you can do with your skincare regimen.
So what have we learnt? The skin on your neck is slightly different from the rest of your face, but as long as your are using products that stimulate the collagen, contain antioxidants to protect against environmental aggressors and are using a high SPF, then you’re sorted.
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