Other than your eyes and hands, your neck is the other main area that can give away your age unless you take care of it. Just like your eyes, your neck is also composed of very thin skin and has less collagen than other parts of the body.
We have some wonderful tips to prevent your neck from aging and also to treat it if it already is showing signs of aging!
5 Tips to Prevent your Neck from Aging
1) Treat your Neck like you do your face.
My morning routine involves two important things. First, I apply a preventative serum to my face and neck from Skinmedica, called TNS serum, which contains over a 100 growth factors to facilitate collagen production and 7 anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damage. Then I apply on a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to my face, neck and décolletage area. I always use gentle upward strokes. For extra protection I am always using my scarf in the winter and even as the weather gets warmer, I will try to use a lighter scarf. Don’t Neglect your Neck!
2) Don’t let technology control you or your neck
In this age of technology, we are constantly bending our necks to look at our phones or bending our neck to look at our computers. Try lifting your phone to eye level when using it instead of bending your neck constantly. Also when sitting at your computer, the middle of your screen should be at your eye level so either adjust your chair or get a desk that allows for that. Lastly, be cautious when you are home watching TV or reading, try not to slouch or bend your neck too much.
Use the following exercise to start tightening the muscles of your neck. Sit straight and upright. Raise your chin as high as you can so you can see the ceiling and then purse your lips and hold for 10 seconds. Relax your lips and neck and repeat this ten times.
4) Sleep with one pillow
The more pillows you use, the more likelihood that your neck is curled up when you are sleeping which will predispose you to more of the horizontal lines.
5) Watch your weight
The neck is also the first place that shows signs of weight gain in many people. The more cycles of gaining and losing weight you go through, the more the neck skin stretches and becomes loose and saggy when you lose the weight. If you need help to prevent you from yo-yo dieting, learn more about our 12-week weight loss program.
Three Treatments to Help You Rejuvenate Your Neck
1) Loose, Sagging skin
If you have already developed loose, sagging, skin of the neck, chin or face, a non-invasive Ultherapy treatment can help you improve your skin with one treatment.Ultherapy. Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-invasive treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, chin and brow. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to stimulate collagen deep within the skin without downtime. The result? Tighter, more lifted and toned appearance of your skin!
2) Neck Bands/wrinkles
If you have already started to develop neckbands or horizontal neck wrinkles, then a 15-minute Botox treatment can help treat both so they appear less obvious.
3) Sun Spots or Sun Damage
If you have sun damage, it can be treated with a wonderful product from Skinmedica called Lytera, which contains 5 very effective and safe ingredients to help lighten and brighten your neck area.
About the Author:Dr. Sunanda Chugh is the Founder and Medical Director of Anand Medical Spa and has been practicing in NYC since 2004. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has completed her training at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Chugh has worked and trained with top Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists in NYC. Her special interest on the effect of the aging process on the face and body inspired her to specialize in Aesthetic Medicine.