Dermatologists Say This is The Way to Tighten and Smooth Your Neck

Use Retinol for Neck Firming

For board-certified dermatologist Roberta Del Campo, Retin-A (or retinoic acid) is a hero product for neck firming. "[Retinol] is a vitamin that helps speed up cell turnover and increases collagen production," she says. "It is FDA-approved for treatment and prevention of wrinkles and has decades of science backing its effectiveness." Heather Woolery-Lloyd, a board-certified dermatologist based in Miami, agrees with Del Campo, adding that because the neck is a sensitive area, it's best to start with a small amount or lower concentration and increase as you build up a tolerance.

Consider Micro-Needling

If you're using any intense topical treatments—aka any that contains retinol—you should discontinue use a few days before your micro-needling treatment, as harsh products could irritate the skin.

Apply Products Upwards to Reduce Sagging Skin

By now we know the importance of diligently slathering on a neck cream daily, but when it comes to how to actually apply it, many are not as versed. According to Helen Flamenbaum of Schweiger Dermatology Group, the neck area ages at a more rapid pace. "The skin on your neck is a little bit thinner than your face, and the muscle and skin tissue [are] weaker," she explains. For this reason, you'll want to use gentle pressure when applying your neck products, as tugging might lead to signs of aging more quickly. To try to avoid sagging and loosening neck skin, always move in upward strokes along your neck.

Try Neck Patches to Add Lift

We're not new to the concept of beauty patches. Whether it's for acne or blackheads, beauty patches come in all forms, and they're loved in the beauty world for their quick results, ease of use, and versatility in being able to wear multiple at the same time. If you've been busy building your collection of turtlenecks, consider incorporating neck patches into your skin routine. These ones by SiO Beauty are made up of skin-hugging medical-grade silicone that when left on overnight, promises to let you wake up to hydrated, silky-smooth skin. According to the brand, medical-grade silicone brings moisture up from the lower layers of the skin, which results in plump skin come morning. And because the patches are compressed onto the neck, it promotes a flat, smooth surface free of lines.

Apply a Sunscreen Consistently

Flamenbaum says that the fact that your neck and face are in very close proximity means things like sun damage and other issues relating to damage from environmental elements affect your face and neck pretty much simultaneously. Del Campo agrees, explaining how adequate sun protection with a mineral-based sunblock and a retinoid nightly will see much better results, as they are not only improving their skin quality but preventing the loss of collagen, which is harder to fix as you get older. Opt for mineral-based sunscreens (versus chemical ones), as they usually protect against both UVA and UVB rays and are known to have non-irritating formulas, making them suitable for sensitive skin types. We're fans of this one from Supergoop!—it's especially hydrating thanks to murumuru and shea butter and can be used on the face and body for all-over protection.

Stimulate Collagen With In-Office Treatments

While preventative measures are ideal, if you weren't diligent to care for your neck before symptoms of skin degradation appeared, there are some noninvasive, collagen-stimulating procedures that can help reverse signs. Woolery-Lloyd recommends Ultherapy (or high-intensity focused ultrasound), which is meant to work deep below the skin's surface to jump-start collagen production and then lift and tighten the skin. Flamenbaum agrees that this is a smart age-reversing measure, but says that results will be better for younger patients with a lesser degree of skin laxity (or looseness). She also notes that up to 20 percent of patients may experience minimal to no improvement. The results for such a treatment is impressive (lifted, tauter skin that appears years younger), though it comes at a cost, oscillating between $1000 and $5000.

Incorporate a Facial Roller to Boost Lymphatic Drainage

If you've had a long night and notice your skin is looking extra puffy, try popping your facial roller into the refrigerator for 30 minutes before rolling. The cooling feeling will help diminish puffiness and fine lines.

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