When Coco Chanel spoke about skincare, it was about one prominent area: the face. "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty," she said. "It is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." While we all seem to have gotten on board with skincare recently as a means of self-care, it’s safe to say that while skin covers our body, our routines focus on our faces. While taking care of your face is nothing to be ashamed of, there’s another area just underneath it that we tend to ignore, and it tends to show age more quickly: the neck.
Unlike facial skin, your neck is covered in skin that is thinner and more delicate, making it more susceptible to sagging. But just like the face, there are a number of skin products available to keep your skin looking fresh. "When it comes to firming, high-potency vitamin C and peptides are ideal ingredients," said Audrey Kunin, MD, certified dermatologist and founder of DermaDoctor. "Look for a product containing 15% to 20% vitamin C, ferulic acid, and vitamin E."
So which firming products should you add to your rotation? Kunin recommends the 15 best firming creams for face and neck, so your décolletage will look just as fabulous as your face.
"Strivectin TL Advanced Neck Tightening Cream contains multiple peptides," Kunin said, which are ideal for firming. But those with more sensitive skin should beware. The cream "also contains niacinamide, which can be irritating and cause redness in some people."
"DermaDoctor Kakadu C Face Creme contains both Vitamin C and peptides but is well tolerated on both the face and neck since the vitamin C level is less concentrated than a serum," Kunin says.
This cream "features antioxidants alpha lipoic acid and DMAE to help define the appearance of the chin and neck," she says.
"Glycolic acid helps hydrate and smooth dry rough skin," Kunin says.
The Murad Rejuvenating Lift "takes aim at age spots with hydroquinone-free brightening agents," she says.
"This mega hydration helps to temporarily lift crepey, sagging skin to appear lifted and firmer," Kunin says.
This toning neck cream, Kunin says, "contains the plumping agent NeoGlucosamine to help improve the appearance of lines on neck and décolletage."
Kunin recommends this dual-action cream since it "helps with evening skin tone affected by sunspots while organic oat sugar visibly lifts sagging skin."
"Nia-114 helps smooth, crepey skin on the neck while peptides firm," Kunin says.
"Peptides and alguronic acid are helpful ingredients, with a gold delivery system to help firm the delicate neck and chest," she says.
"Mega hydrators hyaluronic acid and Maracuja oil help plump mature skin," Kunin says. It also "helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging."
The Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Neck Contour Treatment "features amino acid hydroxyproline to help retexturize skin and leave a feeling of fullness," Kunin says.
"Goji Berries, rich in vitamin C and black tea extracts fight free-radical damage to help skin feel youthful," she says.
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