It's gonna get sappy up in here.
I’m not afraid of getting older. In fact, I was just having a conversation with a friend of mine about how you could not pay me to be 22 again. It’s a miracle that I lived through those years the first time, why would I want to experience them again?
Why would I want to be broke, clueless, and tacky for a second time? (I'm still tacky.) In exchange for tighter skin and a stronger liver? No ma’am.
The beauty industry makes bank off of products that promise to keep you looking young, promising to lift wrinkles, tighten skin and reverse signs of aging. A lot of these products will give you varying levels of success, but yo, I think there are worse things to worry about than a couple of wrinkles here and there (says the guy who has approximately zero wrinkles.) The prospect of losing my hair? Now that’s a different motherfucking story.
However, the parts of our bodies that show signs of aging first, and most severely, is our neck and chest.
I know, I know, an article about neck creams. I can feel you rolling your eyes at me through the screen. Let me take this time to remind you that there is a button at the top corner of this very window that will close the window and shut me up for good! But don’t come crying to me in 10 years when you’re 40 and your neck looks 60.
We focus so much of our skin care concerns on our faces that we often forget that our neck is just as important. The skin on our neck experiences significantly more twisting and turning throughout the day than say, the skin on our cheeks and under our eyes. Pair that with the fact that we have less oil glands on our neck than we do on our faces. This means that the skin is being stretched and folded more, while being naturally hydrated less, which is why our necks age so much faster than the rest of our bodies.
When it comes to keeping your neck in check (I hate that I just rhymed but I’m keeping it) as with everything in skin care, something is always better than nothing.
Do you need a product formulated especially for your neck? Well, no. Keeping it hydrated with the moisturizer you’re using for your body or face is a great place to start. But if you, like me, are in a place where you really want to get serious about preventing the skin on your neck from aging, than there are a couple of products to think about picking up.
What sets neck products apart from normal face products is that they have a higher concentration of active ingredients, since neck wrinkles are deeper and the skin is looser. Look for products with higher concentrations of retinols, antioxidants, and plant extracts to help tighten skin, moisturize, lift wrinkles, and boost the production of collagen. Here are a few that I gravitate toward.
This neck cream from bareMinerals is one of the more affordable and effective products in its category and works to not only moisturize on contact, but lock in moisture and hydration while renewing skin. It’s a great option for those who want to treat their current wrinkles as well as those looking to get ahead of signs of aging.
It combines the same mineral extracts that the bareMinerals line is built around to nourish skin and help moisturize for longer, while stimulating cell renewal which diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and makes skin look brighter. Algae regulates skin’s moisture balance and flower extracts work to firm skin.
The cream formula is on the thinner side, so you only need just a bit to cover your neck and chest, and it dries down quickly so you’re not going to be waiting around for it to set before you’re able to get dressed. Added bonus: it’s unscented, so it’s not going to compete with whatever fragrance you’re wearing.
The bareMinerals Extra Firming Neck Cream noticeably firms skin and increases elasticity after about four weeks of use, all while hydrating and making your skin look bomb.
I’ll be honest, I hate face mists. I hate spraying stuff on my face. It’s like going to the eye doctor and having to sit for that test where they shoot air into you eyeball UGH.
All face sprays claim to be soothing while I just find them to be torture.
So though this face mist isn’t specifically formulated to be used on the neck, I started using it as a neck spray first and foremost because I can’t stand face sprays. Like all Kate Somerville products, it’s packed with enough skin care benefits for me to want to use it, like, all over my body, which I'll probably end up doing.
The most important ingredient in this spray is Matrixyl, a duo of peptides that cause your skin to double its collagen and elastin production, repairing skin and diminishing signs of aging. Beet root extract hydrates your skin all day while algae, ginger, and green tea are rich in nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants to nourish and improve firmness.
Even though I can’t stand them, I have to admit that face mists are great to use as a primer for the rest of your skin care, moistening skin and prepping it to absorb the products you are about to layer on top of it. Also I know everyone hates the word "moist" so sorry that I just used it.
Wait, before you start. A $104 neck cream, I know, this is why you all hate me. Let me remind you of that button at the top of this window.
If you’re looking for a heavy duty product to really lift wrinkles and by accelerating cell regeneration while evening tone and brightening, this neck cream by Clark’s Botanicals with worth getting your hands on. This cream is packed with amino acids that lift and plump skin, botanicals to soften wrinkles, and peptides to and slow the breakdown of skin cells which cause sagging and dullness.
The cream is dense but lightweight, so it works best if you warm it up in your hands before applying, to get the most coverage out of it. It has a really amazing vanilla coconut scent to it, and even though I prefer to all of my products be unscented, this one is so delicious that I can't bring myself to complain.
The thick formula clings to your neck and chest all day without clinging to your clothes at the same time, so it won't feel like your T-shirt is glued to you throughout day.
I'm not worried about aging. I just keep telling myself that by the time I reach 40, I'll finally become what I've always wanted to be: hot. Hopefully with the help of products like these, I will.
Do you think about your neck when you moisturize? What are your feelings on moisturizers made specifically for the neck? Air it out in the comments, babes.
Tynan's neck looks awesome on Twitter @TynanBuck.