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How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

Read our guide on how to get rid of neck wrinkles & saggy neck, as well as the best treatment for wrinkles on neck.

How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

Wrinkles are all part of the natural and beautiful ageing process - the same one that makes us wiser! And neck wrinkles are no different. The decolletage - that’s the area from under your chin to your chest - is the part of your body that is most likely to show signs of ageing first.


Sometimes referred to as turkey neck, neck wrinkles are caused in part by skin losing elasticity over time (ie getting older) and being exposed to UV light over time. Premature lines can develop through repeatedly looking down at your phone or laptop, smoking, or not using sunscreenWhile neck wrinkles are nothing to worry about and are a natural and beautiful sign of your body ageing, if you do choose to give them a bit of TLC, then a few lifestyle tweaks and moisturising creams with active ingredients can help to reduce their appearance if you so wish.


Whatever you call them - saggy neck, turkey neck - here’s the lowdown on neck wrinkles, including the best treatment for wrinkles on neck, how to prevent neck wrinkles and cream for wrinkles on neck.


How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

Why Do We Get 'Turkey Neck'?

Our neck is as vulnerable to ageing as our faces - in fact more so, as the skin on our necks, like that around the eyes and on the hands, is extremely thin and fragile. It also has fewer oil glands which lubricate the skin than the skin on our face, making it more prone to wrinkling. Well lubricated skin has more ‘padding’ if you like, making lines and wrinkles less visible

Plus, we move our neck a lot! And put it in funny positions for hours. Whether we’re turning to look at someone, hunched over our laptops, nodding along on a Zoom call or sleeping, our neck is working hard for us all day (and night).
 
And don’t forget, your neck also faces the same external aggressors as our face - the weather, pollution, you name it, our neck is getting it in the, well, neck. But while age and repetitive motions can all contribute to neck wrinkles, there are other factors:

  • Genetics -  a saggy neck is determined in part by your genes
  • Smoking - this has an enormously dehydrating effect on the skin and wrinkles will look more defined on parched skin 
  • Not using adequate sun protection - UV light is damaging to the skin without using good protection

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How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

Firstly, a little bit about wrinkles and age: After about the age of 25, our bodies produce less collagen (that’s what gives our skin its youthful bounce) - it works out at about 1% less collagen a year in the skin. So by the time we hit our mid to late 20s (and certainly by our 30s), the neck skin, particularly close to the jawline, will be looser and horizontal neck lines more apparent. Our skin laxity will continue to diminish, but it is possible to slow this down. 
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While there is no magic to smooth out a saggy neck, there are adjustments you can make for tighter brighter skin.
 
Use suncream
When you're applying suncream to your face - keep going! Many of us rather neglect our neck in the sun, but it is every bit as exposed to damaging UV light as the skin on your face. Studies have shown that suncream can delay the signs of ageing. Use it regularly and reapply every two to three hours - more if you are sweating heavily or swimming. 
 
Think about your position when on the phone and laptop
Holding any position for a prolonged amount of time can alter its appearance. Squinting for example, can accelerate lines around the eyes. The same is true of using your phone or laptop. ‘Text neck’ or ‘tech neck’ - when you spend so much time with your head bent over a device - is a thing, and increasingly so. Constantly staring at a device can create creasing in the neck which can go on to become pronounced lines and wrinkles. 
 
Try to hold your phone in front of your face - this may feel a bit weird at first (especially if you’re doing it in public!) - and have your computer at eye level. These simple tweaks could make a difference to your skin.  

 


How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

NIVEA Products For Wrinkles On Neck

Consistent use of a moisturiser rich in antioxidants, and always, always SPF can really go a long way to prevent or at least, delay, neck wrinkles.
moisturiser for turkey neck

The NIVEA Cellular Luminous 630 Day Cream SPF 50 reduces dark spots and evens out the skin for a glowing appearance. And with a high factor SPF, it will protect your neck while treating it.  

cream for neck wrinkles

When choosing a moisturising cream for your face and neck, look for products that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid like the NIVEA Cellular Elasticity Day Cream and NIVEA Cellular Elasticity Night Cream. Hyaluronic acid draws water to the skin and helps to improve skin elasticity and rebuilds skin's strength.

face mask for neck wrinkles

For a pampering, nourishing hit, the NIVEA Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle + Firming 10 Minute Sheet Mask can be used two or three times a week or when you feel your skin needs a dollop of extra care. The formula works to make skin feel smoother, firmer and moisturised. 

face cream for saggy neck

For a really targeted approach, the NIVEA Q10 Power Replenishing Serum Pearls effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles for a refined and younger looking complexion. Squeeze a pea-size amount on your fingers and apply to a cleansed face, neck and décolleté area before applying your usual night cream or moisturiser for your neck.

The NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture SPF50+ Lotion gives great protection or you may prefer a spray on mist that you can spritz on throughout the day. 


How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

Neck Wrinkle Exercises

As with all aspects of our lives, exercising the area can be a great tonic to neck wrinkles. Here’s a few quick exercises you can do at your desk, waiting for the kettle to boil or in bed. 

  • Lift your chin towards the ceiling while moving your jaw forward. Hold for five seconds and repeat the movement 10 times.
  • Place one hand on your forehead and push your head against your hand without allowing your head to move forward. Hold for 10 seconds. 
  • Hold both of your hands - on top of the other or interlaced - behind your head. Push into your hands with your neck. Hold for 10 seconds.