Never let me be accused of necklection. Well, you certainly could have done so up until a year or so ago, but now I am super serious about the way I treat my neck and décolleté. I have a whole ritual worked out: exfoliation, feeding, firming and protection. If your swan-like neck is looking more like turkey neck or you are detecting pheasant rings, then read on.
I am now a convert to microdermabrasion and find that for my neck, it is an absolute must. I have been using my Trophy Skin Rejuvederm MD device ($199 in the shop) about three times per week. I go from jawline to clavicle on each side, and from chin to throat. I do two passes—it’s always tempting to overdo microderm because it takes just seconds to do the whole neck area. The amount of suction can be controlled and I usually use the highest setting (on my face I would only use the lowest setting). I am about two months in to this regimen and I am definitely seeing smoother skin that feels softer.
I would love my neck to have the same bright, healthy look that my face does (well, on a good day). I’m not sure that this will come to pass, but I can live in hope and apply a good skin-brightening serum. I am trying out Sciote Illume Brightening Serum ($95 in the shop). It’s fairly strong with 5% kojic acid, 3% glycolic acid and 1% salicylic acid, so I keep this down to 2-3 times a week.
Augmenting the smoothing and brightening, is the best serum I can find for improving the texture of the skin. Right now this happens to be Stemulation’s Hi-Impact ($185 in the shop). Continued use gives the skin a velvety, smooth and hydrated appearance. The key ingredient is an epidermal growth factor, plus there is a peptide that is supposed to brighten the skin. Brightening ingredients include Madonna lily leaf extract, which, according to at least one study, may prevent hyperpigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase activity. Sodium lactate, vitamin C and niacinamide are also helpful for evening out skin tone.
At some point it struck me that oils are a great option for the neck and décolleté. If you are one of those people who hasn’t quite reached the point where you feel comfortable using a facial oil, consider an experiment with your neck. Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ($24.99 in the shop) would be a great choice. It hits all the antioxidant bases and sounds like a shopping list for a fruit salad with strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, watermelon, kiwi and sea buckthorn.
A really good go-to neck cream is Osmotics Necollette ($75). It is so moisturizing and helpful for crepey skin that TIA community members use it around their eyes. But it also comes into its own for firming with ingredients such as Essenskin and Syn-Hycan.
Ever since I realized that my neck may be holding up my head, but it was also letting my face down, I have gone for the heavy guns. Firming and plumping is achieved by regular use of ultrasound and LED light. Both are working at the cellular level and are helping produce collagen. Hence, I have extended use of my Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop) below the chin. I think that the Treatment Gel ($49 in the shop), which has an ingredient that brings oxygen to the skin, is also helping my neck and décolleté look more refreshed.