Dear Marta, I'm writing because I'm getting a headache trying to decide what firming cream to use. I'm 47 years old, but my neck looks as if it's in its 50s, unfortunately. I'd like to get something that actually works but that I don't have to take out a mortgage to purchase. Would you mind terribly giving me your top 3 firmers under $100? Thank you so very much for your help!

Dear C, I don’t know if it is factually correct that the skin of the neck is thicker than the face. Perhaps it is so often neglected that it is more needy. Anyway, the point that I am trying to make is that I find that I get better results on my neck when I use products that would be too heavy and rich for my face.

The best firming cream that I have found for my neck is SenZen's Infinity. It is a thick cream (too unctuous for my face) but in using on my neck, I have found that it is firming and has greatly improved the texture of my skin. I believe that some other members of the TIA community have had good results using Infinity as their neck cream as well.

However, it is close to your budget limit, so I have come up with some other options for you. A little cheaper is La Vie Celeste's Extra Rich Cream ($75 in the TIA shop). Like Infinity, this also has an ingredient called ChroNoline (caprooyl tetrapeptide-3), is derived from a growth factor, namely TGF-ß and it stimulates production of laminin 5 (as well as collagen VII), helping support the structure of the skin.

In the spirit of using rich night creams as neck creams, there is April Rain's Night Cream. Worth taking a look at because there is a good deal on this right now ( $129 ). It has collagen boosting tripeptide-10 citrulline.

For the budget conscious, then topping up your usual facial moisturizer or serum with an affordable but good body lotion can help. I suggest Zinn's body lotion. It is certainly a good skin smoother and at $25 (in the TIA shop) is great value. The other option is to alternate it with one of my more expensive suggestions.

I’d love to hear about other great neck firmers from readers, so please pile on.