Many anti-aging products focus on the skin around our eyes, mouths, and foreheads, but one body part rarely gets enough attention. We’re talking about your neck! Like other areas, the skin on your neck is delicate and shows signs of aging fairly quickly.
Sun damage, environmental factors, and gravity all impact how your neck looks as you age. And since it’s kind of an awkward area for skincare, you might feel like there’s nothing you can do to change its appearance. However, there are ways to improve the tightness and firmness of your neck.
But before we get into that, let’s talk more about giving your neck skin extra care at any age.
Reasons to pay attention to your neck skin
As you get older, your body stops creating as much collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep your skin looking plump and firm. At the same time, your neck becomes looser and starts to sag. It’s common to notice more folds, wrinkles, and lines.
The area of your face near your neck also loses elasticity, creating “jowls” that many people struggle with in older age. These changes can contribute to a saggier-looking neck as well.
And here’s the truth: Often, your neck skin needs more attention than any other area. The skin on your neck has fewer sebaceous glands and collagen than your face skin, which increases the risk of more wrinkles.
So, if you want to prioritize your anti-aging rituals, remember to give your neck skin some love!
How to treat a saggy neck without surgery
Neck lift surgery is an option for those wanting a more youthful appearance, but it’s not for everyone. Surgery is invasive, requiring a lot of time and money to make it happen. Many people don’t want to (or can’t) go through surgery to look younger.
Thankfully, there’s more than one way to treat a saggy neck. You can address issues with less-invasive, more natural options like the following.
Neck-Lifting Anti-Aging Skincare
Skincare is incredibly important for maintaining healthy skin.
We can start showing signs of aging as early as in our 20s, so it’s never too late to start. Preventative anti-aging skincare means using anti-aging products before signs of aging get worse. So, neck-focused skincare can be used preventatively and to reverse already present aging signs.
Products focused on neck care are ideal. For example, the Franz Skincare Neck Care Microcurrent Dual Mask specifically lifts and strengthens your neck skin. The neck mask uses our Tissue X® microcurrent technology and an intensive blend of nutrients to maximize hydration and collagen production.
You can also pair products like the Neck Care mask with ingredients like:
Hyaluronic acid — a substance that helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and skin plumpness
Retinol — a vitamin that boosts collagen production while increasing cell turnover speed
Regular care and maintenance are crucial for neck skin care. That’s why it’s best to pair your neck mask with a high-quality serum. The Franz Neck Necessities Lifting Set combines our Neck Mask with our 101 Volumizing Anti-Aging Serum to strengthen, lift, and firm thinning skin on your neck.Neck Necessities Lifting Set
Don’t forget your sunscreen
Besides using the best anti-aging products to target sagging neck skin, you can take other daily steps to prevent and reverse aging signs.
A lot of premature aging happens because of something completely natural: the sun. Sun exposure speeds up neck aging, so SPF is your best friend. Apply sunscreen daily, especially when you’re under the sun.
Look for sunscreens that are non-comedogenic if you’re worried about clogged pores. Also, it’s best to use sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays.
See our Sunscreen Guide to learn more.
Along with daily sunscreen, limit your sun exposure overall. Many people wear hats to protect their face, but they forget about their neck skin.
When you’re outside, focus on ways to keep the sun off the skin on and around your neck.
Apply your products up (not down)
When you apply sunscreen, lotion, or other products to your neck, pay attention to the process.
Apply your products using an upward motion — not downward. Moving the skin down can contribute to extra sagging over time. Remember that your neck skin is sensitive and should be treated with care.
Avoid “tech neck”
Smartphones are a regular part of life for everyone now. While technology can be awesome, there are downsides that impact our skin.
“Tech neck” is when you spend too much time bent over looking at your phone. Besides promoting terrible posture, tech neck also increases the amount of time you spend folding the skin of your neck. Over time, this can lead to additional fine lines and wrinkles.
So, be aware of your posture. Try to sit and stand upright, limiting the amount of time you spend slumped over a computer or your phone.
Protect Your Precious Neck Skin
Don’t neglect your neck skincare! The signs of aging can advance quickly. Promote a toned, firm, youthful neck with the rest of your skin by using anti-aging neck care, staying out of the sun, and practicing healthy habits like good posture.