While your medicine cabinet or countertop is most likely stocked with cleansers, toners, serums, eye creams and moisturizers, do you have cream for your neck? If you love the year round turtleneck look, but aren’t one for covering up, it’s time to get some neck cream in your life.

One of the most common concerns on the neck is crepey skin. This skin is thin and delicately wrinkled resulting in more of an aged appearance. It can also feel loose, saggy, and more fragile than typical wrinkled skin. While crepey skin is unavoidable for some, there are copious treatments and preventative measures that can be taken to get your neck looking smooth and sleek.

A FEW REASONS WHY WE GET CREPEY

SUN: We love and need this energy source to survive, but the biggest culprit behind crepey skin is sun damage. The ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays break down collagen and elastin in skin that help it stay tight and wrinkle-free. Once these fibers break down, the skin can loosen, thin, and wrinkle. Environmental factors can also cause damage to our face, and delicate décolleté as these parts of our body that are mostly exposed.

AGE: As we get older, we produce less collagen and elastin — the fibers that help our skin look supple and smooth. So your skin produces less oil than it did when you were younger and these oils create an important lipid barrier that protects your skin sealing in moisture.

HORMONAL CHANGES: This can also lead to drier skin and less natural oil production. Dryness for any reason can cause crepey skin. If you have crepey skin that comes and goes depending on the time of year, a lack of moisture is most likely the cause.

NOT ALL NECK CREAMS ARE CREATED EQUAL

The skin on the neck doesn’t have much of a dermis, a supporting structure that produces collagen causing the neck skin to be more sensitive and thin.
Dr. Janet Allenby, who has a well deserved reputation as one of the nation’s leading Cosmetic Dermatologists says, “One of my favorite neck creams is Alastin’s Restorative Neck Complex. It contains TriHex Technology® which is a blend of active peptides and key ingredients supporting the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen. This neck cream provides more hydration, as the neck isn’t rich in oil glands. Since necks are literally an extension of our face, and décolleté, we want these to flow together giving an overall youthful appearance while complementing one another.”

SHOW YOUR NECK SOME LOVE

Our necks show the truth. Many skincare routines are face-focused, even though the neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging. The recommended product Alastin Restorative Neck Complex with TriHex Technology® was specifically formulated to address the unique challenges of the delicate skin below the chin and above the chest. When applying any product to your neck, always start from the bottom up. By using the upward motion you are keeping your skin from dragging down keeping it tight and youthful looking. Doing this twice a day to keep the crepiness away.

PAIR IT WITH AN IN OFFICE TREATMENT

For supercharged results , most cosmetic dermatologists recommend combining peptide- containing topical skincare with micro-needling treatments, such as VIrtue RF. This is an FDA-cleared treatment that stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen attacking those neck lines.There’s more good news! It’s virtually painless with little to no downtime. Virtue has shown significant results in combating the natural, internal and environmental effects of aging on our necks.

Before it’s too late, start plumping, softening and smoothing the creepy crepe away!