When it comes to ageing, a lot of people focus on facial signs like crow’s feet, smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. But did you know that the signs of ageing extend to past the face?
The jaw loses its pronounced shape as skin sags over the course of decades as wrinkles form in the neck. Even the most flawless, beautiful faces can come with sagging skin and wrinkles in the neck because it is just as sensitive as your face. This is why it’s important to protect your neck and find wrinkle treatments for this area in order to prevent further signs of ageing. On the upside, it’s not impossible to slow down the ageing process and keep your neck wrinkle-free, so you can look and feel younger than ever. Here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Avoid pollution at all costs
Pollution is the number one enemy of clear and radiant skin. Aside from causing acne, irritation, and other blemish marks, smoke from traffic and from tobacco products can cause the skin to age much more rapidly than expected.
In your younger days, the skin is very good at neutralizing the free radicals that come from smoke and pollution. But over time, this neutralizing process slows down, just like any other normal biological process, resulting in more damage to the skin. Smoking doesn’t help either — while exposure to pollution once in a while in a big city like Toronto may be inevitable, smoking is a deliberate choice that causes damage to the skin along with the rest of the body. The result is older-looking skin and a gaunt, tired appearance that can make you look much older than you really are.
2. Stay out of the sun
We know it’s impossible to stay out of the sun completely in Toronto; plus, you need a healthy dose of it to get vitamin D. But overexposure can cause skin damage. This is why sunscreen was invented. It protects your skin from maturing too fast, which results in a markedly aged appearance. Constant exposure to the sun causes the skin to lose elasticity, and over time, loose skin will no longer return to its previous shape, and wrinkles, laugh lines, and age spots become pronounced.
3. Skincare made especially for the neck
The truth is, a lot of people forget about the neck in their skincare routine, and instead focus solely on the face. But this isn’t right. Did you know that the skin on your neck is actually more sensitive than anywhere else on your body? That’s because the skin on your neck is much thinner than on your face, making it more sensitive to free radicals and other environmental concerns that cause the skin to age aggressively and wrinkles to develop.
To start, make sure to give your neck the same TLC as you would give your face. This means applying skincare products just as generously in the morning, before bed, and other activities, like after hitting the gym. As well, if you’re a fan of face masks, take time to look into sheet masks designed for the neck. These cover commonly exposed areas around the ears all the way down to the collarbone. Make sure to shop for masks that don’t just hydrate, but also lift and tone skin in the area for an added boost of wrinkle treatment.
4. Applying neck care product properly
You might not think of it a lot, but skincare isn’t limited to selecting the right products for your needs — it also has a lot to do with how you apply them. And that means there is a right way to apply neck care product in order to prevent wrinkles.
Rather than simply lathering the product all over the area, make sure to smooth the cream over the entire neck and gently massage it in until the product is absorbed. Try a sweeping motion starting from the lower portion all the way to the upper part of the neck to avoid pulling at the skin. This “manual” lift helps to avoid wrinkles and ensures better effectiveness of your neck care treatment.
5. Look up from the screen
One of the most common causes of neck wrinkles is bad posture. This is especially true with “tech neck” as we’re constantly looking down on our phone screens. The constant skin folding in the neck causes wrinkles to develop and makes the signs of ageing more pronounced sooner. Try looking up from the screen periodically and maintaining a healthy relationship with your tech to help preserve the beautiful elongated shape of your neck.
6. Sleep well
A good night’s rest is key to good health but did you know that getting the right sleep is also an effective wrinkle treatment? That’s right, choosing the right pillow height and sleeping on your back helps your body to remain straight and prevent the skin on your neck from folding. With proper neck support, you can be sure that wrinkles won’t develop — at least not in your sleep.
7. Forma wrinkle treatment
Making the right lifestyle choices is essential to good health and beautiful, younger-looking skin, especially on sensitive areas like the neck. But sometimes, it can seem like no amount of neck care products, makeup, and even fashion styling, like scarves and turtlenecks, can draw attention away from deep wrinkles that have formed in the area over the years.
Advancements in cosmetic surgery have allowed surgeons to offer neck lift surgery as a lasting solution to eliminating the signs of ageing in the area for good — but it can come at quite the price tag. Plus, the invasive nature of surgery doesn’t sound very appealing when you have to factor in recovery time and the extensive work that this wrinkle treatment requires. For starters, it includes incisions behind the earlobes and suctioning excess fat, then tightening muscles in the area.
On the upside, an effective non-invasive alternative is here to help you roll back the years and emphasize the beautiful long lines of your neck and not the horizontal lines that form deep-seated wrinkles. The Forma wrinkle treatment from Clearview MediSpa in Toronto is the latest anti-ageing technology that delivers radio frequency and heat deep into the layers of the skin. This stimulates collagen production — the building blocks of the skin that depletes over the years — to ease wrinkles and fine lines. The result is the tightening of loose, sagging skin, and a beautiful, toned neck that adds to your youthful glow in just a few sessions and without the extended recovery period.