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This works for neck and décolleté

December 12, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 11 Comments

How do you avoid turkey neck? Not to mention chicken skin. I have come to the conclusion that you need a different mindset. The thing about the neck and décolleté is that aging does not inflict them with wrinkles in the way it does for the face. Rather, there are three typical chin to nipple issues: rough, sun-damaged skin; sagging; and creasing. This means that I don’t think that wrinkle repair serums are the appropriate weapon – and certainly not a cost-effective one for this larger area. What we need to do is to exfoliate, firm and replace elastin (and then exfoliate again). So if you’ve been neck-lecting yourself, read on for what works for neck and décolleté.


Rough, sun-damaged skin needs exfoliating. I use much heftier exfoliators on my neck and chest than I would on my face. I up the ante with glycolics and scrubs.

A great help is Prep Microdermabrasion by Your Best Face ($80 in the shop). It eradicates damage. It’s ultra-fine crystals help to smooth, polish and refresh the skin, helping my neck absorb its actives. These include the free radical scavengers, Lipochroman-6, and spin trap, and antioxidant white tea and turmeric.

I use glycolic strengths that I would not dare to use on my face such as Arcona’s The Solution Pads ($42). I’ll be posting a full review in a day or two but for now will mention that these pads are presoaked with a hefty glycolic solution (this stuff tingles) and, like Prep (see above), there is spin trap. Another good way to go would be Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel ($45) with hydroxyl acids come from grape, citrus, sugar cane and apple. Plus salicylic acid from willow bark, zinc and copper, vitamins A, E and C and milk peptides.

Rarely, if ever, do I use retinol on my face, but I do sometimes use a retinol-based cream on my neck (only at night). I reach for Prana Reverse A ($48 in the shop), which seems to smooth the skin of my neck while I sleep. In addition to retinyl palmitate, there’s antioxidant alpha lipoic acid and l-Carnosine, which flushes toxins from the body and may extend the Hayflick Limit (the number of times cells reproduce themselves). I would also recommend Skinfinite’s Platinum PM Cream with 1% Retinol ($79 in the shop) as it also hydrates thanks to several moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, almond oil, beta-glucan(D), and ceramide-2.


There are two creams that are formulated to be particularly helpful for the neck as they have ingredients that promise to firm by reinforcing the scaffolding of the skin. The scaffolding part is provided in the cells by something called laminins. They are the structural foundations of most cells. A peptide that goes by the name of ChroNoLine is supposed to stimulate laminin production and you’ll find it in SenZen Infinity Never Ending Moisture ($95). This very rich moisturizer is too much for the face, in my experience, but it works very well as a neck cream.

One of the few actual neck creams that actually seems to do anything is Osmotics’ well-named Necollete ($63). It is as luxurious as it is powerful. Made with neck targeting anti-ager Essenskin, which is mostly calcium and essential amino acids. This active stimulates lumican, a lycoprotein that is important for firming skin.

Don’t forget exercise. Nothing makes the décolleté look younger and firmer than a little muscle padding. If you can’t quite make yourself do push-ups then for inspiration grab a copy of the Bar Method ($20) and find out how exercise can be enjoyable and transformative.


Maintaining elasticity isn’t really about just moisturizing. If only it were so easy. But increasingly there are ingredients that are getting under the skin of the issue. One is einkorn, a traditional strain of wheat. Peptides have been isolated in it that are antioxidants and can also inhibit glycation, one of the main causes of aging skin because it leads to cross-linking and the breakdown of skin elasticity. One of the very few potions that I have come across with einkorn is Chella’s Master Protocol 7 ($135). This serum is very good at restoring suppleness to the skin and it has other cutting-edge ingredients such as teprenone (Renovage) and super hydrating trehalose.

And if you were wondering why LED light should help your swan-like look more healthy and supple, well it’s down to elastin. In October 2008, German researchers identified how LED works – by changing the molecular structure of a glue-like layer of water on elastin, the protein that provides elasticity in skin, blood vessels, heart and other body structures. The light strips away those water molecules that are involved in the immobilization of elastin, gradually restoring its elastic function. So shine a light on your neck and décolleté with any of these: new Baby Quasar ($399 in the shop), now with 25% more power; Facial Secret ($330), with its efficient five-minute panel for the whole face; Sirius Aurora ($149) with three light colors; or Ultra Renew ($89 in the shop) with ultrasound as well as LED.

One of the few topicals to have made elastin its business is the newly formulated Your Best Face Control ($160 in the shop) with Relistase, a peptide that inhibits elastase activity, thereby restoring firmness, and another sagging skin lifter, Syn-Hycan. And, yes, this is my neck cream of choice.

  • July 5, 2013

    by Simone

    This is worth sharing;

    Im 44, wrinkle free, no turkey neck for me and still have a firm skin.

    All do is use jojoba oil and sheabutter. I was my face ever morning and evening with pure olive oil soap, apply few drops of jojoba oil and cover my face with a thin layer of sheabutter. As for my night routine, same story just use more of the oil and butter. Massage with my knuckles my neck and face for ten minutes and volia thats all!

    Sheabutter works as a moisturizer and uv filter. Jojoba oil keeps the skin firm and elastic. Make sure to use cold pressed bio oil and butter!

  • February 22, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Lia, I would recommend Your Best Face Prep for exfoliation. It can also be left on as a mask for the antioxidant benefits. For serum, I would suggest Chella Master Protocol. I don't think you'll need another cream with this. But if your skin is rough and dry, I would go for the SenZen. They are all mentioned and linked to in the post above.

  • February 21, 2013

    by Lia

    Dear team of TIA, I am in my early 30s and already I can see a drop in my neck thickness(turkey neck).On top of that quite obvious deep wrinkles.What product do y recommend me as best targeting on that area and for that specific purpose?I need an exfoliator,serum,cream.My regards..

  • January 26, 2013

    by Nicky

    Hi Michelle
    well I will have to try the juice thing then see how it works for me ..
    I can say ive been using the sirius aurora now for a bit on my decolletage and small area of my neck if you can use it before you go out its great.. it definately plumps the skin out and the lines arent as noticeable but takes awhile as I hold it directly in the one spot and move it when it beeps ... each spot I use the flashing mode and the none flashing mode .. the more I use it throughout the week the better the results I get.. downside is its really time consuming ... the skin needs more hydration as well with it ... I might try marta's idea of exfoliating more ..Hopefully it wont irritate the skin to much ...

  • January 17, 2013

    by Michele Watson

    Thanks Nicky! So true! I perspire at night regrding my cleavage and like you have very sensitive skin prone to heat rash. Hate thought of wearing anything restrictive to bed.Funny enough what has worked for me lately is at night to squeeze fresh lemon juice and orange juice and leave to dry on neck, face and chest after my shower and while I watch TV at sounds sticky but it isn't as it dries fast. Really weird but my skin has never looked better! I sometimes add a good serum over just as I get into bed- but mostly I don't. Still, I am keen to keep investigating re neck and chest. AQ seems most effective on face. I did try Nectiferm-no results on neck.

  • January 17, 2013

    by Nicky

    Hey Michele
    I have used the décolleté silicon pads quite a bit .. I think there great if u don't have sensitive irritable skin( like me) the wrinkles really do disappear .. And it gets better the more you use them. My opinion is this .. If you sweat too much they can slip .. If your prone to irritation then you can get rashes .. Red lumpy itchy like heat rash ... And they are pricey and don't last as long as they say if you wear them every night ... But if I didn't get the rashes I'd buy them .. Best thing I hav found for a side sleeper .. What I do is wear them after a shower while I get ready to go out it helps a bit .. And not on long enough to rash ... Try them out u may have no rashing :-) AQ serum doesn't work on chest .. I've nearly finished 2nd bottle .. Changing creams for the décolleté again haha .. Also tried the chest savers you sleep in like a bra .. I found They are uncomfortable and again not good for hot weather and sweaty skin I got a heat rash Bummer :-( the rash is worse than wrinkles plus there tight around the neck and I feel a bit restricted .. Back to the drawing board ..

  • January 16, 2013

    by Michele Watson

    Hi Nicky I have the same problem am wondering if I should order these decollette pads? Marta maybe you can invent something for us side sleepers! Even my husband has these-and no he does not have man boobs!

  • December 14, 2012

    by Nicky

    Hi my first post since joining ... I actually bought a jar of necollete .. after reading all the reviews on this site ... I tried it on one side of my neck as did the reviewer till the jar was empty .. I found that it did improve the crepe y sun damage to the lower area of my neck ... but it was ever so slightly it also firmed slightly .. but it did make the skin look more dehydrated .. the jar ran out quite quickly and I wasn't sure if the change was substantial enough to buy another tub as you also needed another cream on top like sen zen to moisturize and counteract the dehydration.. so it becomes more expensive I decided to try a serum and cream and went on all the reviews from Marta and community AQ seemed to be the wow ... So I bought the AQ and have been using that on neck and decollete and face .. once a day with a vitamin C alternating morning and night as its pricey ... I broke out firstly but that may not have been that particular product .. When I use the AQ more than once a day it seems to work better.. my overall skin texture is better ... I have only used half a bottle so far and liked it enough to order another bottle and give it a proper go.. I put the sen zen over the top as I have fair dry skin also acne prone and sensitive .. my neck is definitely improving with a helping hand from the LED Sirius Aurora ..but I'm a side sleeper so the decollete is driving me bonkers with the wrinkles the skin texture is improving slightly .. on neck chest face and decollete but its due to a myriad of things I believe ... A good serum a moisturizing cream and helping hands from LED IPL and Masks... One thing just doesn't seem to work on its own I'm 40 and have really noticed a change in the last few years on my neck and decollete especially ... But I think sleeping like a geisha may be the only way to be rid of the wrinkles on my chest ... :-)

  • December 13, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Michele, yes it could be helpful depending on the issues. It will definitely smooth out wrinkles. But if sagging is an issue, I think the other products I mentioned may be more effective. But I'd love to hear if anyone else has tried AQ for neck and decollete.

  • December 12, 2012

    by Kate Z

    Thanks Marta! I've been focusing on my turkey neck so I appreciate the info. I'm finding that with retinol at nite and Control during the day along with regular LED sessions I'm seeing some improvements. I've just never thought about regular exfoliation there so I'm going to work that to my routine.

  • December 12, 2012

    by Michele Watson

    Hi is AQ skin serum effective on the neck?

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