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Stick Your Neck Out (And Stop It From Aging)

Between Diane Keaton’s turtleneck collection and Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, it’s clear that the skin between the face and the décolleté is a sensitive issue. Though women don’t typically notice the signs of an aging neck until their 40s, even younger ladies can start preventing wrinkles and dark spots in that area by opting for defensive measures. Take dermatologist Eric Schweiger’s advice, so you don’t have to start stocking up on dickies (and convince everyone that they’re making a comeback).

Don’t Ignore It!

Take a minute to think about your morning routine—where does your neck factor in? According to Dr. Schweiger, many women neglect to apply moisturizer and sunscreen to their necks after applying to their faces, leading to sagging and dark spots. Try a targeted hydrator like Dr. Haushcka’s Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and gently moisturizes your neck with birch leaves and soothing plant oils (then follow with your daily SPF). If dark spots are already an issue, layer on Caudalie’s antioxidant-packed Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, a blend of grape-derived ingredients formulated to fade discoloration.

Let Retinol Work Its Magic

Your neck lacks the same fatty tissues found on your face, which means it can become wrinkled and saggy more quickly than facial skin. The answer? The same type of tailored skincare that you give, say, your eyes in the form of a retinoid treatment. Strivectin-AR Advanced Retinol Treatment, a niacin and vitamin A-packed formula, boosts skin’s collagen production and cell turnover to even tone, reduce fine lines, and enchance radiance—all while you snooze.

Bring Out the Big Guns

If your neck has already suffered years of sun damage and neglect, consider treating yourself to a noninvasive, in-office treatment like Thermage, which uses radiofrequency to tighten your skin. If a laser treatment freaks you out (or is not in the budget), try the next best thing with dr. brandt® Do Not Age with dr. brandt® firming neck cream—it combines the cell renewing properties of glycolic acid with the skin-firming effects of sorghum juice to tighten the appearance of loose skin. Then considering investing in a stylish, sun-shielding scarf.

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