Solutions for Neck and Chest Aging Skin As most women know, one of the first areas to show signs of aging is that of the neck and chest. While we all desire to retain the smooth, wrinkle free skin of our youth, the aging process causes the neck to not only become lined, but to also sag and become prone to discoloration in the form of age spots. The measures people take to deal with this often distressing problem range from the cheap and simple, such as wearing higher necklines and scarves, to expensive and invasive surgical procedures.
Fortunately, women with aging skin now have other options available to them. Thanks to the advances made in the beauty industry, skincare companies are now producing scientifically developed creams, gels and serums that in some cases can rival cosmetic procedures. However, there is such a proliferation of products available on the market, choosing a superior brand can be extremely difficult, frustrating and time consuming. To help choose, it is important to become familiar with the ingredients used in a good anti-aging cream, which is now easier to do via the internet.
Why do I need a special neck cream?
Although some companies make good all purpose anti-aging creams for use on the face, neck and chest, to really address the problem of sagging and wrinkled skin on these latter areas a specially-formulated cream should be used. The skin here is not only thinner than that on the face and other parts of the body, but it also receives less sun protection and is often neglected, causing extensive damage. As Dr. Brandt, a dermatologist and certified member of the American Board of Dermatology, states, ‘Neck products are tailored to treat the sagging, lines and other signs of aging to which the delicate skin on the neck is more vulnerable’.
What should I look for in a treatment?
While it is good to recognize the signs of aging on the neck and chest, it is vital that in taking action you know exactly which ingredients must be used. A good cream will be able to:
- Treat deep lines and wrinkles caused by the constant twisting and turning of the neck
- Provide intense moisture to hydrate and ‘plump’ dry and thin skin
- Lift, firm and tighten sagging skin
The substance Matrixyl is a commonly used in neck creams and, in addition to the use of stem cells, has been clinically proven to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, reducing the amount of lines and wrinkles effectively. Shea butter and Hyaluronic Acid – which has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture – are both great for hydrating ‘thirsty’ skin, while Sesaflash, a sesame extract, is added to help tighten and lift the entire area.
How can I get the most out of a cream?
For any product to work well it must be used on a regular basis, preferably morning and night, and in the case of a neck cream should be applied in a sweeping, upward motion, taking care not to drag the skin down. It will take time for a treatment to work and one should not expect overnight results, despite what some manufacturers will claim! Also be aware that a more expensive price tag does not always ensure a superior product and that some of the less costly brands will work just as well, providing they contain the right ingredients. If possible, test a cream before buying in order to check for texture and allergic reactions and only buy a product that lists all the ingredients contained in the formula.
Even expensive neck firming products cannot always deliver the results you are looking for. Due to the wide array of these creams being sold in stores, local pharmacies and on the internet, you should choose a product specifically targeting the neck and chest area that is backed up by the most up to date scientific evidence. The “crème de la crème” neck firming creams should include most or all of these aspects – quality ingredients that have the potential to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lift and firm the neck area, and increase hydration improving your skin’s appearance and texture. It is important to follow the directions for use to maximize results.
Our Top Neck Firming Choices
Tips to Help Keep Neck Area Firm
- Drink Plenty of Water. Hydration is the key to keeping skin firm. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Dry skin makes sagging skin appear worse. As you age, the drier your skin becomes. Use a moisturizer to keep skin well hydrated.
- Exercise. Exercise firms up everything from abs, thighs, and skin. Regular exercise not only makes you look better it also makes you feel better.
- Eat a Proper Diet. You should eat a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Not only will you get much needed minerals and vitamins but they are also rich in antioxidants.
- Find a great neck firming cream that really works. Look for ingredients that will tighten and lift saggy skin while providing adequate moisturization.
**This is a subjective assessment based on the strength of the available information and our estimation of efficacy.