I have a friend of a certain age who, despite having the face of a twenty-year-old, always wears scarves to cover up her neck. This is because although she has diligently moisturised her face for the last couple of decades, she neglected the neck area. Now it has become wrinkled and crêpey and shows off her true age.
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, the compound that gives us plump, youthful looking skin, and as such, our skin becomes less firm and loses elasticity.
The problem is that the skin on the neck is delicate and needs moisturising but many of us, like my friend, concentrate on the face and forget all about this area. The neck area is thinner, has fewer sebaceous glands, fewer cells that protect us from sunlight and can therefore age more quickly.
It’s not too late however, if your skin has started to become wrinkled and crêpey in this area. There are a few things you can do to stop the passage of time. Always drink plenty of water, eat foods that are rich in Omega 3 and start using a rich moisturising cream at night.
Here are our suggestions:L’Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Revitalift Face Contours And Neck Re-Support Cream (50ml) – £14.49
The delicate skin on the neck requires specialist moisturising and L’Oreal have formulated this cream to deal with the neck’s typically thinner skin. Contains a rich blend of elastin to plump up the skin and revitalise it whilst it supports the delicate fibres. Hydrates to reduce creases and wrinkles, your skin appears smoother and softer.
The Body Shop – Oils of Life Intensely Vitalising Cream – £25
Three precious seed oils make up this nourishing cream from The Body Shop, which customers state gets rid of wrinkles in a matter of weeks, not just from the neck area but upper arms and face. A rich formula that sinks easily into the skin and hydrates leaving a smooth, tightening effect.
If you have that dreaded turkey neck, where two folds of skin start to hang down in the middle of your neck, you either need surgery or a tightening cream. This cream rapidly shrinks the ageing folds in your neck and lifts, tones and tightens the whole area up. Said to literally defy ‘gravity, reducing the appearance of sagging and improving elasticity’. You’ll achieve a smoother and defined lift.
From: beautyexpert.comSanctuary Overnight Face & Neck Crème – £15.50
Renew your skin whilst you sleep with this extra-rich formula from Sanctuary. Contains Matrixyl Synthe’ 6™ which helps to reduce the appearance of lines & wrinkles. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid which plumps the skin and a moisturising dose of shea butter. A lovely thick cream that really gets to work, leaving your skin feeling smoother with less wrinkles.
From: sanctuary.comChanel Le Lift De Chanel Creme 50ml – was £89.00 now £75.95
A highly concentrated blend of natural ingredients, especially formulated to tackle the thinner skin on the neck. Use at the first signs that your skin is starting to age for the best results. Skin retains the moisture in this cream which stops the ageing process. Thinner skin is plumped up and wrinkles are reduced. The sagging is tightened and you get a much better silhouette.
FORMULA ADVANCED Cosmetox+ Anti-Crepe Neck & Decollete Cream 50ml – £18
Instant results here with this super-silky cream by Formula. Skin looked less crêpey after just a few weeks of use and felt a lot smoother with tightened effects. One of Marks & Spencer’s new beauty ranges and gives great results but at low prices. Worth a try.
Dr Hauschka Regenerating Neck & Décolleté Cream, 40ml – £50.00
All natural ingredients here that work in harmony to regenerate the delicate skin in the neck area. The cream aids the skin’s natural regenerative processes to boost cell renewal and skin appears softer, tightened and more refined. Wrinkles are reduced and there is less sagging.
From: johnlewis.comDr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion – (1.7fl oz 50ml) – £84.92
Lovely light formula here that instantly sinks into the skin, leaving no sticky residue. Contains some proven anti-ageing ingredients, including the very powerful ferulic acid, which is typically found in fruit seed and has anti-oxidant properties that fight free radicals.
From: amazon.co.ukElixirs of Life Neck Elixir Cream – £9.99
Contains several essential oils with proven track records in anti-ageing. Also packed with Omega 3 & 6, nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants which are designed to stop the anti-ageing process and promote cell renewal. Skin feels smoother, is much more hydrated which leads to less wrinkles and sagging. A great product for the neck area.