You may have spent a lot of time and effort caring for your face but one pitfall is going give away your age: your neck. Rings on trees tell you how old they are, and almost in a similar way, the lines on your neck can tell others just how old you are, even if your face doesn’t look as old as you are.
You should start paying attention to your neck area after 30
Women will typically start noticing signs of ageing at their neck area after 30 years old, says Dr. Yong Lok Sze, Family Physician with special interests in Aesthetic and Preventive Medicine.
“The skin structure in the neck and décolleté is much thinner and more delicate (compared to our face’s), and it has significantly less subcutaneous fat and sebaceous gland; the muscles around the area are also weaker,” explains Dr. Yong who practises at FaceDoctor and LifeScanMedical Centre.
Stop spending so much time looking at your phone
While some neck lines could be congenital (this means that you have them since birth because of genetic reasons), wrinkles and sagging skin on the neck area can also be caused by collagen loss with age, sun damage, weight fluctuation, and inactivity of the neck muscles over time.
And one thing that can cause inactivity of neck muscles?
“The prolonged action of looking downwards on your mobile phone or other electronic devices,” suggests Dr. Yong.
Guilty as charged! So, do we need specific products to take care of our necks?
“As long as you take care of your neck as well as your face, you do not need to buy specific products for the neck,” says Dr. Yong.
“As a starter, moisturiser and sunscreens are crucial to preventing neck ageing. Sunscreen is as important for your neck as it is for your face to prevent sun damage, which can hasten collagen loss and ageing.”
“Ideally the serum or moisturisers you use for the neck should include ingredients that stimulate collagen and antioxidants,” she adds, “but beware of ingredients like AHA and retinol, which can dry and irritate your neck skin further.”
And if you notice sagginess at your neck area as a result of loss of muscle tone, the doctor suggests that you do daily exercises that aim to tone the area in order to prevent neck lines from appearing, and early prevention is key to keeping neck lines at bay.
However, if you are already suffering from signs of ageing on the neck area, there’s help available.
“Botulinum Toxin A treatment, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, high intensity focused ultrasound therapy are examples of non-surgical neck rejuvenation. Some will benefit from neck liposuction or surgical neck lift. You should speak to your doctor for the best management options for your concerns”, advises Dr. Yong.