There’s a lot of discussion about how to keep our faces looking their best. We’re concerned about their clarity and smoothness, as well as excess shine and persistent blemishes. And when it comes to wrinkles, we’re apprehensively awaiting or already treating the ones that have appeared around our eyes and mouths. It’s a lot to manage, especially since this facial skincare routine tends to ignore the more sensitive areas a few centimeters away: the neck and chest.
Some dermatologists say the thin, oft-neglected skin of the neck (and the back of the hands) reveal a woman's true age better than her face. Since that skin is thinner and more delicate, that's where wrinkles can appear faster and more often. Fellow Sephora customers recommend using these nine best neck firming creams.
According to these customers' reviews, the following neck creams fight UV damage, lessen the appearance of lines, and make skin appear more luminous—and that’s just the half of it. Although using these picks adds another step or two to your morning and night routine, don’t worry.
Given that these creams are known to show positive results, you won’t mind the extra time when you see your neck and chest looking their best.
Why It Works: The namesake black tea complex in this option improves the skin's elasticity while the goji fruit extract promotes smoothness.
The Glowing Review: "The light and airy texture left my skin so hydrated and soft, my neck and décolletage were smoother and firmer. Worth the price compared to all the others that just target the neck. You’re getting 3 in 1...." —MikeyMiketoo
Why It Works: The DMAE compound, omegas, and natural amino acids in this product help to lift, sculpt, and clarify skin as it diminishes wrinkles and fine lines.
The Glowing Review: "I've been using this product for over three years. It has absolutely kept my chin and neck area almost free of wrinkles and sagging, and for being 75 now, that's saying something. One time I stopped using it, thinking it was just too expensive. But within two weeks I could see a difference, not a good one, in the tightness of my skin in these areas. I went back to it and have never looked back. I could not recommend this product more highly!" — Babby09
Why It Works: This option has sunflower auxins that work to firm and plump the skin, while also reducing fine lines. Green seaweed extract and oat sugars help with smoothness, too.
The Glowing Review: "I have only been using this product for about two weeks, but I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin. So far I am quite pleased with this product; it’s not greasy, and has a very mild smell that’s pleasing but not overpowering. I would definitely recommend this product and will be ordering more when the time comes. A little goes a long way." — Bging
Why It Works: Thanks to the anti-aging properties of alguronic acid and a complex of proteins and peptides, this pick smooths and brightens skin with every use.
The Glowing Review: "Algenist was recommended by my Sephora clerk last week and I am so glad for her recommendation. I have tried a lot of different neck creams and none of them did a thing until this one. It is a beautiful, rich cream that hydrates and firms. It is not sticky, greasy, or heavy. My skin feels smoother with [fewer] wrinkles, and the 'chicken neck' skin is less crepey. This product does what it says it will do. My skin is highly sensitive, and I always worry about allergic reactions, but I have not reacted to this product. I'm so excited to have a product that works!" — Bhall73
Why It Works: Sun damage takes its toll on the delicate skin of the neck, so this cream wisely pairs the powerful antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid with broad-spectrum SPF 25 sun protection.
The Glowing Review: “There are many reasons I love this product. ...First of all, you immediately feel a tightening and lifting from the skin, like a Spandex for your neck and jawline. The SPF of 25 is such a great addition since majority of neck creams do not have any SPF in them yet you are getting a great deal of sun exposure in that region. After using it for two weeks I am really starting to see a smoothing of neck creases, and a significant improvement of skin texture, and fewer issues with jowls, which is a personal issue.”— TristanJoy
Why It Works: Glycolic acid, amino acid, calcium, and sorghum juice blend together in this option to make the delicate skin on the neck and chest appear more supple, firm, and bright.
The Glowing Review: "This is the only firming neck cream I have ever used that does what it says it does. This was one of the first products I ever tried by Dr. Brandt. I got a sample, and within less than a week I was back in the store to buy it. I am 51 and in the sun a lot, even with sunscreen. I have tried so many products on my neck, and nothing happens. By using this product, I could actually see the smoothing and softening happening on my neck. I was so amazed that I keep going back and trying other Dr. Brandt products, and so far I love them all!" — SuziQ9898
Why It Works: The maracuja (that's passion fruit) in this cream, which contains essential fatty acids and vitamin C, helps skin regain its elasticity and brightness over time. It also promotes hydration alongside key ingredients sodium hyaluronate and algae extract.
The Glowing Review: "This cream has transformed the skin on my neck. I'm a 58-year-old with the beginning stages of wrinkles. I also suffer from keratosis pilaris. Within one week this cream has changed the look of my neck and almost gotten rid of the keratosis pilaris. I've lost count of the number of neck and skin creams I've tried before—they either don't work or are too greasy. Maracuja Neck Treatment is the only cream I've used that actually does what it promises." — Southern
Why It Works: The ECG complex and retinol, plus lactic and ferulic acids combine in this product to support natural cell renewal, increase moisture, make skin look plumper, and firm skin, while reducing the appearance of damage.
The Glowing Review: "Within two weeks, I noticed a visible difference in the depth of the wrinkles in my neck. I apply it twice a day and a little goes a long way. It's expensive, but it's one of the few skin products I've used where I could really see a difference. Oh, and I am 61 years old—believe me, I have some wrinkles!" — KSinging
Why It Works: Pea extract helps the skin look more elastic, moist, and resilient. Two proprietary ingredient combinations also work to help your neck look more hydrated and smooth. The cherry on top is the rose quartz gua sha stone that helps your neck and jawline look more toned with regular use.
The Glowing Review: "I’ve been using this for three weeks and already see results. Instantly, my neck and jaw look smoother when I apply the cream. You can feel the Gua Sha tool breaking up the fat and I can definitely see a difference! Finally, a neck cream that gets helps with double chin, moisturizes, and is anti-aging! LOVE THIS!!" — BiancaHS
Ed. note: Reviews have been edited for clarity.
Kim E, Cho G, Won NG, Cho J. Age-related changes in skin bio-mechanical properties: the neck skin compared with the cheek and forearm skin in Korean females. Skin Res Technol. 2013;19(3):236-41. doi:10.1111/srt.12020