The neck seems to always give away a person’s age. The skin on the neck is thin, contains fewer sebaceous glands, and is just as vulnerable to damage as the delicate area around the eyes.
But the real answer as to why your skin shows your age lies in how you treat it. Your face is easier to remember to take care of since it stares back at you in the mirror. By just giving your neck some therapy, too, you can look younger.
Learn how to treat your sagging neck:
The first wrinkles to appear on the neck are horizontal rings called Venus’s rings, which are a result from repeated neck stretching. Repeated movements are only one of the causes of wrinkles, however.
The real culprits that cause neck wrinkles and sags are free radicals and inflammation. Free radicals are unstable cells that damage healthy skin cells to regain stability. When the free radical steals an electron to become stable, the molecule from which it stole the electron becomes a free radical.
Collagen is one molecule in particular that gets targeted by free radicals because of its abundance throughout the body. Collagen is an important protein because it essentially holds the body together, and in particular, gives skin its suppleness and tautness. When free radicals attack collagen, a process called cross-linking occurs. Cross-linking causes collagen molecules which normally slide over each other to become stiff and inflexible. This damage and inflexibility results in sagging and wrinkles.
External factors such as cigarette smoke and UV radiation cause free radicals, but your body’s natural processes, like digestion, do too. Free radicals are one cause of inflammation, the other culprit. When free radical damage occurs, arachidonic acid is produced, which then activates the chemicals that produce inflammation. In turn, inflammation causes free radicals. All of this accelerates the signs of aging on the neck and other parts of the body.
Since the neck has less oil glands, the skin on the neck gets less therapy than your face. Your skin needs oils to stay hydrated and supple. The neck is also more easily damaged by UV radiation because it has fewer melanocytes, the cells which produce melanin. Melanin is important because it helps protect skin from the sun’s rays.
To start, when you apply sunscreen to your face, be sure to also apply it to your neck (and other exposed skin areas, like your hands, while you’re at it). 15 minutes before you step outside, apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Some moisturizers contain SPF to help eliminate one step from your daily regimen.
Then, be sure to apply a topical product that can help boost collagen production. For example, vitamin C ester, found in a number of Perricone products, helps stimulate the growth of fibroblasts, the cells that help produce collagen and elastin, another important protein that gives skin its structure.
Consider Perricone Active Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. This moisturizer, formulated with vitamin C ester as well as alpha lipoic acid and DMAE, is a great way to give your neck the sun protection it needs. The anti-aging key sciences in this treatment helps to lift and tone while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. When applying to the face, be sure to extend down to the neck to give it therapy, too.
Finally, if your neck skin is sagging, a topical product with Palmitoyl Carnosine, a peptide, can help firm and smooth skin. Palmitoyl Carnosine has anti-glycating qualities, which helps prevent wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Glycation, a process that occurs when sugar attaches to a protein, causes the aforementioned cross-linking which results in sagging and inflexible skin.
Perricone Firming Neck Therapy is formulated with Palmitoyl Carnosine as well as Phospholipids and Tocotrienols.
Phospholipids help to repair and treat dry and damaged skin, while Tocotrienols deliver antioxidant and emollient benefits to nourish dry skin and improve skin’s overall health. These ingredients are especially helpful for giving your neck therapy since it is in need of extra hydration due to its having less sebaceous glands.