Neck wrinkles or necklines are like any other wrinkles on the face that result as a byproduct of age. While all signs of ageing skin – sagging, wrinkles, age spots, etc. can be disappointing, neck wrinkles can be especially so because they’re very difficult to hide behind makeup. There’s a common saying that you can tell the real age of a person by the lines and wrinkles on their neck – it is indeed true!
Neck wrinkles are a part and parcel of the ageing process. However, certain factors like sun exposure, improper skincare and repetitive neck muscle movements can speed up their appearance and make them stand out more than they should. But thankfully, this also means there’s something you can do about it!
If you’re wondering how to get rid of wrinkles on the neck and prevent them from revealing your age, here are some simple but effective tips.
- Change the way you hold your phone
Ever heard of the modern phenomenon of ‘text neck’? It’s the term for the soreness in the neck caused by looking down at your phone constantly. Neck wrinkles are another result of this activity.
To avoid and fight neck wrinkles, be mindful of the way you hold your phone. Hold it straight up, right in front of your face so you’re not bending down to look at it. It might seem strange to do so in the beginning but it can make a massive difference to the lines and wrinkles on your neck and also relieve you of text neck.
- Use anti-wrinkle serums with natural oils
Natural oils like argan, jojoba, olive and sweet almond oil have deeply nourishing nutrients that can encourage the production of proteins like collagen and elastin. These make the skin more elastic and supple to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They also reverse the effects of sun damage caused by UV radiation to restore and rejuvenate the skin.
Apply anti-aging serums with botanical oils to moisturize and nourish the neck. Serums usually contain a mix of different oils to serve multiple skin benefits. Vitamin C in such serums can provide your neck with that additional boost to fight UV radiation damage and restore young, healthy skin.
- Protect your neck from sun exposure
UV radiation is the worst cause for skin damage and the best way to prevent this damage is by protecting the neck from sun exposure. Apply an effective high-SPF sunscreen or sunblock on the neck whenever you step out in the sun. Even if it’s cloudy outside, sun protection is a must. It is also a great idea to wear protective clothing like scarves for additional sun-protection.
- Apply retinoid creams
Retinoids or vitamin A creams have shown to have reasonable effects against skin aging factors like wrinkles and fine lines. They work by stimulating the skin tissues to produce more collagen and therefore increase skin elasticity.
Retinoid creams are generally used to get rid of wrinkles around the eyes and lips but they also work effectively against wrinkles on the neck. Apply a retinol cream of up to 1% starting off with small dosages of 0.1-0.2%.
- Extend your skincare routine to your neck
Sadly, most skincare routines focus on the face while the neck area gets neglected. Lack of proper skin care and protection makes it worse for the skin on the neck resulting in obvious wrinkles that become harder to hide than wrinkles on the face.
Extend your daily skincare to your neck, following the same steps and taking the same care if not more. Use the same high quality products you use for your face on your neck, it is just as important!
Cleanse the neck area twice every day to brighten the skin and get rid of dirt and grime that tends to accumulate and make the skin appear dull. Keep the skin on the neck perpetually moisturized and protect it from external damage.
Also, exfoliate your neck once a week with a mild cleansing brush to remove dead skin cells and to stimulate the skin tissue to rejuvenate. Exfoliation increases the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of the moisturizers and retinol creams you may apply on the skin to fight wrinkles.
- Try neck patches
Just like there are sheet masks to target wrinkles on the face, neck patches or neck pads work specifically to target neck wrinkles. They are known to improve the skin’s texture making it smooth, soft and hydrated.
Neck patches are made of silicone which draws moisture to the skin’s surface to make it plump and tight. This in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Get botox and dermal fillers
These are clinical cosmetic treatments that many people swear by in their fight against ageing skin. They work especially well against wrinkles and are some of the most sought after treatments to get rid of neck wrinkles specifically.
Dermal fillers work by adding fullness to the areas of the neck where the skin has become thin due to age. Skin that is thinned out tends to wrinkle more. Dermal fillers reverse thinning to make the skin more plump and tight to reduce the appearance of neck wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox works by sending chemical signals to the brain to temporarily freeze the neck muscles. This reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles which appear when you move your neck.
While they’re effective, both botox and filler injections are temporary and expensive and might not be suitable for getting rid of neck wrinkles in the long term.
- Exercise your neck
Neck exercises, on the other hand, are more suited for the long term although their effects are not as immediate as cosmetic treatment. Many people are turning to face yoga which has specific exercises for the face and neck muscles to reduce strain and increase blood flow to the neck muscles. This in turn tones the muscles and encourages the production of collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Neck exercises are indispensable, easily accessible and they come at little to no cost. However, they require you to put in regular effort and patience to see visible changes.