One day you look in the mirror and you notice those horizontal and vertical lines running across your neck. Your skin looks wrinkled, crepey and it’s starting to sag. “How did these appear so suddenly?” you ask yourself.
The wrinkles on your neck, unfortunately, are from genetics and years of neglect. With age, the skin starts to lose moisture and collagen content and as a result, becomes drier and less supple. Neglect, such as not drinking enough water, smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity can also lead to a hastening of wrinkles and fine lines. Other factors such as side sleeping can lead to neck wrinkles as well. Those with lighter skin tend to be more susceptible to environmental aging than those with darker skin, and may typically develop wrinkles at an earlier age.
There are two types of neck wrinkles — vertical lines and horizontal lines. Vertical wrinkles are formed by the head being kept in the same position for long periods of time, such as working at a computer or when sleeping. Vertical wrinkles are a problem because they’re deep in the skin and develop over a long period of time. These are the most difficult wrinkles to treat because you can’t control your actions when you sleep. The horizontal lines happen when there’s less collagen produced in the skin, due to genetics or neglect, as mentioned above. Collagen is a natural element in the skin that gives it a smooth and plump appearance.
While some conditions may not be readily treatable, most people can follow a fairly simple routine to help with those wrinkles:
Neck Tightening Exercises:
Neck Stretch: This exercise is designed to smooth and tone the skin on your neck by stretching it and promoting blood flow. Sit straight with your head angled back, eyes looking up at the ceiling. Lift the lower lip up and over the upper lip as far as it will go. Your mouth should be closed while you are doing this. Hold this stretch for about 10 seconds, relax, then repeat 8 to 10 times. Do this once a day.
Lip Stretch: Sit straight in a chair and tilt your head back until you’re looking up at the ceiling. Pucker your lips as if you’re about to kiss and extend them outwards, reaching toward the ceiling. Hold this position for several seconds, relax and repeat. Perform this movement 8 to 10 times. Do this once a day.
Nutrition: Review your diet. Make sure you get plenty of vitamin C, E and A. These vitamins will help maintain smooth skin. You can find these vitamins in citrus fruit, low fat milk, carrots and dark green vegetables. Drink plenty of water! Proper hydration keeps the skin supple.
Skin Cleansing: Treat your neck like you do the skin on your face. Using a non alcoholic cleanser ( a gentle, creamy cleanser with a milky consistency is best), remove built up dirt and toxins. SilcSkin makes a gentle Cleanser that will help your skin.
Exfoliate: Just as you would your face, work on exfoliating your neck once a week. This helps to encourage cell renewal, removes dead skin cells and freshens the skin up.
Protect against sun damage: UVA and UVB radiation from the sun is the biggest contributor to skin damage and accelerates aging. It’s particularly damaging to the skin on your neck since it’s always exposed to the sun. Smooth on a zinc and titanium sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Zinc and titanium shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Topical treatments: Moisturizing creams that contain vitamin C can help collagen production which fighting damage-causing free radicals. Using retinol, a vitamin A derivative, can help give your skin that elasticity that makes it appear smooth and supple.
Neck skin requires proper care to ensure suppleness and a wrinkle-free appearance. With a good care routine, you can be steps ahead of needing invasive forms of wrinkle removal. Supplement your wrinkle routine with a good quality medical grade silicone anti-wrinkle pad, such as those made by award winning company, SilcSkin. Tested and proven the world over, SilcSkin anti-wrinkle pads are easy to use and are non-invasive. Above all, make sure you stick to your plan once you see your wrinkles disappearing. Prevention is the best cure!