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Neck Wrinkles: 6 Proven Techniques for Getting Rid of Neck Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but some people are still surprised by the sudden appearance of neck wrinkles. Sometimes focusing solely on facial care means the neck gets a bit neglected. Here’s some helpful information about neck wrinkles.

Why do neck wrinkles appear?  

Neck skin is very similar to facial skin. With age and exposure to environmental factors such as pollution and UV rays, the skin loses its elasticity and tone. Collagen production diminishes, and skin begins to sag. This loosened skin creates folds or wrinkles where it was once smooth and even.

When do neck wrinkles usually appear?

Wrinkles and fine lines often appear in the face and neck area when people are in their 20s and 30s. Many people report noticing more prominent wrinkles on their necks before their faces. For most, however, neck skin doesn’t usually show advanced wrinkles until around 50. 

There are a variety of things that can slow premature aging and the neck wrinkles that come with it.

How to fight neck wrinkles 

Improve the skin’s overall appearance by following these suggestions for how to get rid of neck wrinkles.

1. Do neck exercises 

Tighten and tone the neck muscles, increase blood flow to the area, and boost the production of collagen through neck exercises and face yoga. These are all indispensable weapons in the fight against skin aging and neck wrinkles. Note that neck exercises prevent the formation of neck wrinkles rather than eliminate existing wrinkles.

2. Use retinol-based neck creams and serums with vitamin C

Experts agree that creams, serums, and lotions containing vitamin C are particularly effective. They act as antioxidants when applied to the skin and shield it against UV damage while increasing the collagen factor.

Retinol is also invaluable when it comes to cell regeneration. It speeds up the process of cell turnover to produce younger, softer-looking skin.

3. Exfoliate the neck

Dead cells noticeably dull the skin’s appearance. Exfoliating removes these cells along with acne-causing dirt and oil accumulated in the pores. The fresh skin revealed is more easily penetrated by anti-aging products. Using products specifically designed for each skin type and avoiding harsh ingredients may also help. Always use a light touch and don’t over-exfoliate.

4. Opt for dermal fillers

Injectable dermal fillers plump up the skin in the targeted area while simultaneously smoothing the surface. Do some background research on the vast assortment of fillers on the market, as their usage depends upon the desired outcome. When choosing this skincare technique to remove neck wrinkles, be aware that the results are only temporary.

5. Get Botox injections

Another option for eliminating neck wrinkles is Botox. This involves the injection of a small amount of botulinum toxin into the skin. Multiple side effects are associated with this product, so it should be discussed with a trained health care professional prior to injection.

6. Surgery

A number of procedures may be performed to get rid of neck wrinkles. Many involve removing a small amount of skin and stretching it back to its previous position, allowing neck skin to appear more taut. Anesthesia is used, and recovery time varies.

How to prevent neck wrinkles

Interested in a proactive approach to neck wrinkles? Try one of the following strategies.

Always wear sunscreen

Shield the skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Experts suggest applying sunscreen whenever you plan to be outdoors. Keep in mind that it’s still necessary to wear sunscreen even with foundation on. An SPF of at least 30 is recommended.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids keeps the skin looking and feeling great by drawing out toxins. Furthermore, when the body becomes dehydrated, skin loses its elasticity and tone.

Moisturize the skin

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. We can’t say it often enough. Although many people diligently apply facial products on a daily basis, many neglect giving their necks the same level of attention.  

This is especially important as skin ages and naturally becomes drier. Many changes in the body arise approaching menopause, including differences in skin tone and texture.

Eat well

Sticking to a well-balanced diet is beneficial in countless ways. Healthy eating offers key nutrients the body requires to carry out essential functions. It also encourages cell renewal and supplies antioxidants, which can help prevent neck wrinkles.

Manage stress

Believe it or not, chronic stress plays a significant role in premature skin aging. Try to take a bit of time each day to relax and decompress. Even a short break can make a surprising difference in the way the body (including the neck) looks and feels!

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