It’s so funny to me that in my 20s I didn’t have a care in the world when it came to my skin. Then boom, I hit my 30s and the wrinkles start coming. Now, of course some of that is just natural aging and genetics, but some is definitely due to habits I’ve created over time and lack of proper skincare.
Is it not interesting that we (mostly women) spend so much money on skincare products for our faces, and yet so often neglect our neck. We also live in a world dominated by tech devices, which definitely doesn’t help the whole neck wrinkle problem (see more below).
So, although we can’t reverse damage that’s already been done or change our genetics, there are several things we can do at home to prevent more damage. We can develop new habits that will help reduce further damage.
7 Easy Ways to Reduce Neck Lines:
1. NECK FIRMING EXCERSISES:
Several years ago I went to a chiropractor to correct my tech neck. I worked with him multiple times a week in his office both on adjustments and exercises. In addition to professional help, I also did several at-home exercises daily to help correct my neck curve from constantly looking down at my phone. Some of the exercises you can do at home and on your own are explained here in this video.
If you’re concerned about your neck curve, I’d highly recommend seeking out a chiropractor for professional help. If you live in Dallas, I highly recommend Dr. Currington. My husband and I were both under his care several years ago for tech neck.
2. HOLD YOUR PHONE UP:
In a world where technology is not going away any time soon, we need to be mindful of how we’re accessing it physically. So many people (me included) get into the habit of holding our phones low and craning our necks to see our phones. Next time you’re around people or out in public, look around and see how many people are looking down at their phones. You’ll be shocked! Then you’ll start noticing how often you crane your neck down to see your phone. We’re doing this all day every day and it has negative affects on our posture and our necks. So, the best thing you can do to prevent this is to simply hold your phone at eye-height when you’re looking at it. It feels super weird to do it, but it definitely makes a big difference.
3. VITAMIN C SERUM:
Although Vitamin C serum cannot reverse present wrinkles, it can stimulate collagen production and tighten your skin. It is recommended to use Vitamin C serum followed by sunscreen.
Protecting your skin is one of the best things you can do for your neck. Try getting in the habit of applying sunscreen daily, not just the days you’re in the sun for an extended period of time. If you’re in your car a lot, too, be sure reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. I recommend the following sunscreens: this one or this one.
5. RETINOL CREAM:
Retinol is one of the best things you can do when it comes to anti-aging. Retinol supports skin cell renewal and therefore works to smooth out your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s recommended to use on both your face and your neck. I currently use
6. EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE:
Just like our faces and bodies require frequent exfoliation, so too, do our necks. Exfoliate once a week and apply moisturizer to your neck daily. I like using this moisturizer during the day and this one eat night.
7. SLEEP ON BACK:
One of the easiest things you can do to help prevent neck lines is to sleep on your back. When you’re on your side in a fetal position, you’re often bending your neck and applying pressure to the same are of your skin, breaking down collagen, and ultimately creating wrinkles over time.
xo – anna