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4 Things to Do to Have a Gorgeous Neck

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“It’s sort of funny and it’s sort of sad, because, we’re not neurotic about age – none of us lies about how old she is, for instance, and none of us dresses in a way that’s inappropriate for our years. We all look good for our age.  Except for our necks.” Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad about My Neck

4 Things to Do to Have Gorgeous Neck skincare

“So, what are you writing about this week?” my husband asked as he watched me researching for this post.

“Women’s necks.”

“Oh, I get it.  Scarves and turtlenecks,” he replied.

“No, actually not.   We don’t need those as much if we take certain precautions.”

He wasn’t sure there was much to say.  I am not sure there’s enough space to say it!  I think the word neck gets a bad rap anyway…it conjures up thoughts of turkeys and chickens and folds of skin.  I guess that is why so many beauty experts prefer us to focus on the entire décolletage…it is a prettier French word and not merely about that pesky neck area.

Author Andrea Q. Robinson of Toss the Gloss, explains, “The neck is very delicate because, next to the eyelids, the skin in this area is some of the thinnest. As you age, it loses elasticity faster than anywhere else on your body, taking on the dreaded crepe-y look.  You should be every bit as diligent and careful about taking care of your neck and décolletage as you are about your face.”

Well, I wasn’t for a long time. I am like so many…no care was given to my neck until it looked like no care was given to my neck.   When the sags and saddlebags began, I realized I needed to do something about it or just learn to live with it (perhaps behind a scarf or two).  I began just five years ago to really include my neck in my daily skincare.  Up until then, I only focused on the face.  So, I am here to give you hope.

Since that time, I have followed these steps and seen an amazing turn around:

  1. Daily Cleansing. I wash my face and neck twice a day.  Whatever I do to my face, my neck now gets the same treatment.
  2. Daily Moisturizing. I also moisturize my neck twice a day.  I select moisturizers for my neck which include firming and tightening elements.  Remember, sunscreen on your neck as well.
  3. Weekly Exfoliation. I try to exfoliate twice a week, but at least once a week with a special treatment, and always include my neck.
  4. Esthetician Visits. I love to get facials and a good esthetician will include the entire décolletage. I will tell you a secret.  The most dramatic change I have seen in my neck and chin area was from a treatment called Micro-currents.  It is worth every penny.  I was told the treatments remind your skin what it was like to be younger.

All of this is my way of saying, “Neck, I love you too.”  It has paid off.  Now, I do realize my neck will age and I accept that, but for now I am so glad to have it looking the best it can at age 62!  It is never too late to turn your skincare around and feel freedom when exposing your neck.  Or, you can just settle for scarves and turtlenecks!!

Thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique.  Does anyone else have tips for neck care??  Please share and have a very joyful week!

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, <a href="http://over50feeling40.com">over50feeling40</a>, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

Theresa Wiza

Sunday 30th of August 2015

Not until this year did I realize how quickly my neck was beginning to sag (I'm 64), so I began a routine of exercising my neck, thinking that by tightening the muscles, the skin would obey and tighten up as well. I've been exercising my face since I was 29 (because somebody told me I would fall apart when I became 30), so now I exercise my face and my neck, and have expanded the use of moisturizer to include my neck and chest!

SUSAN

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

I have always moisturized that area too but my problem is below my neck. I think it is all crepy from being aside sleeper. Thanks for the good tips. Enjoy your blog.

Leisa Hammett

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

I've taken great care of my face. My neck, not. I haven't sunbathed in 30 years. But, the only sunscreen I"m using is in my foundation. Have a natural sunscreen that's not oily, sticky, smelly? My décolletage does get tanned

Karena

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

Pam these are great reminders to take good care of our skin from the face down! I also hold my head up high and smile and it seems to take the focus off my necks ( I do admit to being a cool weather turtleneck wearer!

xoxo Karena The Arts by Karena Artist Alex Katz

Karen

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

I positively moisturize my neck and (so far) all is well (I'm also 62). I also use body oil on my neck after my shower. If I run out of that, I've used olive oil with good results. So far I don't hate my neck. I think in some cases turtlenecks emphasize problem necks. I try to be realistic and not get too upset over aging, it is going to happen regardless as we all know! I admit to doing all I can to delay the inevitable though!!

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