Level up your at-home neck skincare

Don’t forget your décolletage! Skincare shouldn’t stop at the jaw

Should you apply skincare to your neck? Most necks are woefully neglected when it comes to skincare regimes, but they are one of the first parts of the body to show the signs of premature ageing. And they needn't be, as the easiest way to take care of the skin on your neck is to treat it as a natural extension of your face.
Most of us use good-quality cleansers, serums, moisturisers and broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen on our faces morning and night. Just extend your routine to include the neck and soon it will feel "wrong" to not let below the jaw in on the love. Read on to discover everything about neck skincare, from which products you should use on your neck and how to apply them.

Plump it up

From left: Clarins Super Restorative Décolleté and Neck Concentrate, $136, from Adore Beauty, Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum, $180, from Life Pharmacy, Natio Multi Action Neck & Décolletage Sculpting Cream, $24.99, from Life Pharmacy
The neck has some of the thinnest skin in the body, which is why changes in this area are seen more quickly than in places with thicker skin. The neck also has fewer sebaceous glands than the face, so it doesn't get the benefit of the natural oils to moisturise itself. To remedy this issue, add an extra boost of hydration to your skincare routine – try serums, thicker moisturisers, hydrating masks or a targeted neck cream – to keep the skin on the neck looking fresh and plump.

Don't neglect the SPF

From left: Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum, $52, from Sephora, Bondi Sands Sunny Daze SPF 50 Moisturiser, $27.99, from Adore Beauty, Avene SPF 50+ Sunscreen Aqua Fluid Face, $29.69, from Chemist Warehouse
One of the best ways to keep skin looking its healthy best is by decreasing the external causes of premature ageing –and the number-one culprit is the sun. Ultraviolet light penetrates into the dermal layer of the skin to break down collagen and elastin, so wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher on your neck every day, rain or shine, will help.

Which ingredients should my neck skincare include?

From left: Boost Lab Retinol Night Renewal Serum, $34.95, from Adore Beauty, Loreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream, $35.99, from Chemist Warehouse, The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $15, from Sephora
When it comes to effective products that can help tighten neck skin, there are some specific ingredients you should look for. Just like on the face, skincare ingredients that help to reduce lines and wrinkles on the neck include retinols, hyaluronic acid and L-glutamine – all of which help boost collagen synthesis. A great night cream that replenishes the skin while you sleep also goes a long way.

Apply skincare products to your neck in an upwards motion

From left: Mount Lai The Tension Melting Massager for Face & Neck Jade, $134, from Sephora, Wrinkles Schminkles Neck Smoothing Kit, $49.46, from Adore Beauty
By now we know the importance of diligently slathering on neck-loving skincare daily, but when it comes to how to actually apply it, take note. As the skin on your neck is thinner and the muscle and skin tissue are weaker, use gentle pressure when applying your skincare below the chin, and always move in upward strokes along your neck. For extra indulgence, use a neck roller to apply your serum.

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