1 MOISTURISING: don’t NEGLECT YOUR NECK
Cleanse your neck and décolletage both morning and night. After the morning cleanse, apply moisturiser using an upward, circular motion from under your chin to the top of your cleavage. You might discover that your neck skin requires a richer product than the one you use on your face. Massage it in, to help it penetrate the skin and to boost the circulation in that area. In the evening, apply anti-ageing cream, either the same one you use on your face or one specifically for the neck, depending on how rich your facial product is. Most night creams now contain vitamins and antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C and E and beta carotene, which are powerful anti-ageing ingredients. CoQ10 is a powerful nutrient that helps prevent cell damage.
2 Use sunscreen
A recent study revealed that older skin that hadn’t been exposed to the sun had about 3,800 genetic mutations whereas skin that had been exposed had around 10,000 mutations in the same genes. Thanks to all the skin cancer prevention messages, many of us include some form of SPF protecting our necks and chests apply sunscreen to your neck and décolletage every day. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen, and re-apply it if you are outside for long periods of time, even when it is overcast or cloudy.
3 Keep Your Body Hydrated
Because our skin loses its ability to retain moisture as we age, it is important to keep hydrated from within, by drinking water throughout the day and getting hydration from fruit and vegetables.
4 Eat Oily Fish And Take A Fish Oil Supplement
Keep your nutrition rich in anti-oxidants, especially omega-3 acids, which are present in fish. These do wonders for skin rejuvenation by boosting collagen production. Eat at least one portion of salmon or mackerel a week, and take a daily fish-oil supplement. Pomegranates, acai berries, blueberries and green tea also help you stock on antioxidants.
5 Exfoliate the neck once a week
Exfoliate the neck and chest area at least once a week to keep the skin free of ingrained dirt and dead skin cells. This area is delicate, so avoid products that contain sharp particles, and use a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliant. This encourages cell turnover.
6 Stop Smoking
If you smoke, here’s another reason to stop: heavy smokers are almost five times more likely to have excessive wrinkling than non-smokers. Smoking damages collagen. And lip pursuing and squinting while inhaling creates wrinkles around your mouth and eyes, and more wrinkles in the delicate skin directly under your chin.
7 Sleep On The Right Pillow
Consider the size of pillow you sleep on. High pillows result in neck wrinkles over a long period of time, but a small pillow maximizes the angle between the face and neck, thus slowing down the skin’s ageing process.
8 Get used to lukewarm water
9 Do Neck Exercise
Lastly, give your neck an exercise workout. Keeping your neck muscles toned will help to prevent sagging skin and wrinkles. Below are six neck exercises to get your started. Finally, keep your chin up. If your chin is permanently tucked into your chest you are more likely to develop permanent creases in your neck, as well as putting your neck more at risk of injury.
- Jut out your chin and move your lower jaw forward. Repeat ten times.
- Look straight ahead. Now look up to the ceiling and hold for five seconds. Slowly return to your starting position. Repeat 20 times.
- Form an ‘O” with your mouth. Pull down the sides of your mouth until you feel the muscles underneath your neck working. Repeat this three times in quick succession. Build up to 20 sets of threes.
- With your mouth open, pronounce the vowels A to U without closing your mouth at any times, three times in a row.
- Press the tip of your tongue against your palate for a few seconds and release. Do this throughout the day. Make circles with your tongue when your mouth is closed, first in one direction then the other. Repeat often.
- Place your lower lip over the top lip and hold for a few seconds. Repeat ten times.