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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
“So, what are you writing about this week?” my husband asked as he watched me researching for this post.
“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:
- Daily Cleansing. I wash my face and neck twice a day. Whatever I do to my face, my neck now gets the same treatment.
- 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.
- Weekly Exfoliation. I try to exfoliate twice a week, but at least once a week with a special treatment, and always include my neck.
- 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!