Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers your burning question: Do you really need a neck cream?
It’s not unusual for women to wonder if they’re doing enough with their skin care routine. The truth is that answer often changes. What worked for you in your 20s and 30s won’t keep your skin looking youthful well into your 40s and 50s. One common question many women have: Do I really need a separate cream for my neck? Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently discussed this topic with Metro Mom Club in an article titled “So, Do You Really Need a Neck Cream?” Read on to learn more about this hard-to-treat area.
The skin on your neck is thinner and more delicate than the skin on your face, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.
Before you smooth your regular anti-aging cream across your neck and décolletage, consider this: The skin in this area is much thinner than the skin on your face and the rest of your body. Because this skin is thinner, creams and treatments that are meant for use on the face won’t have the same effect on the neck area. This delicate skin is also more likely to be irritated by stronger treatments that might easily work for the face.
But skipping the neck area while you’re applying skin care products won’t do you any favors, either. Regular sun protection, in particular, is essential for the neck area.
“The neck area is often left unprotected from UV rays and other environmental challenges,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.
Sun exposure, natural aging and gravity all contribute to signs of aging in the neck area, leading to wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness and rough skin.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares why it’s important to choose a treatment specifically designed for use on the neck.
For best anti-aging results, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says it’s important to choose a different product that’s meant to address the specific skin concerns of the neck. These treatments are specifically formulated for use on the thin skin in this area. They often help to firm and tighten skin, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. These formulas also provide rich hydration to plump and soften the neck area. But how do you know which neck cream is right for your skin care routine?
“Many of the ingredients will be the same actives you can find in your face creams,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “If wrinkles are your main concern, you’ll want to look for ingredients that stimulate collagen production like peptides or growth factors. For dark spots, look for ingredients like arbutin or 4% hydroquinone. Hyaluronic acid is also a good ingredient for hydrating and plumping skin.”
One of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite treatments for the neck is NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream. This targeted treatment uses active ingredients like Pro-Amino Acid, NeoCitriate, NeoGlucosamine and apple stem cell extract to build volume, firm sagging skin and minimize the appearance of dark spots. Dr. Schlessinger acted as the principal investigator when his team performed an exclusive clinical study of this neck cream and the results were impressive.
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