What to Do with Your Neck?

As the first signs of aging appear, many people start worrying about the condition of their neck. This is understandable, as the neck can reveal one’s age quite clearly.

However, many home methods that are effective on the face don’t work well for the neck. For example, the instructions for most home microcurrent devices state that they should not be used on the front of the neck due to the close proximity of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. While home microcurrents themselves are not likely to cause problems, they could potentially trigger hidden processes. Additionally, systematic directed heating, microcurrent, and radiofrequency treatments are strictly contraindicated in this area for anyone with thyroid conditions. Even self-massages, whether done by hand or with massagers, can cause issues.

To maintain the good appearance of the neck, a double strategy is effective.

Part One: Prevention of Skin Stretching Due to Movement and Muscle Tension

Even botulinum toxins can only partially address this issue because the muscular structure of the neck differs from that of the face. The neck has two layers of muscles, with the flat but strong platysma being involved in facial expressions and directly relaxed by botulinum toxin. Underneath it are stronger muscles that contribute to the movement of the torso and head.

The platysma is most affected by the presence or absence of hypertonicity in the lower third of the face, stress-related facial expressions, dental alignment, and proper technique in physical exercises, especially strength training targeting the abdominal muscles. For instance, classical crunches can strain the neck if performed incorrectly.

Key considerations here include stress management, dental alignment, relieving tension in the lower third of the face (including professional massages or botulinum toxin treatments), and preventing bruxism. Proper technique in sports is crucial.

The deeper muscles under the platysma are more influenced by proper body alignment. Therefore, primary prevention should focus on posture, the musculoskeletal system, and developing the muscles of the back and shoulders. Attention to a healthy back, including well-chosen orthopedic insoles for those with issues, can affect the neck’s appearance in the long run.

Part Two: Direct Care for Neck Skin

Due to the different muscle activity and often differing skin type on the neck, it may have different needs than facial skin.

  • Protect the neck from excessive sun exposure: Use clothing and SPF.
  • Regular and quality hydration: Use moisturizing masks regularly.
  • Work on skin elasticity and firmness:
    • Retinol works well, but due to friction from clothing, retinoid dermatitis might be more common on the neck. Choose milder retinol for the neck and use it over a longer course.
    • Peptide products aimed at skin renewal and firming are excellent in the long term.
    • Antioxidant protection: Use mild forms of vitamins C, niacinamide, and resveratrol.
    • AHA (lactic, mandelic, glycolic) and PHA acids: Again, use gentle products on a regular basis.
  • Clothing: If your upper clothing irritates your neck, add a layer to reduce friction. Scarves and undershirts made of natural silk work very well in this regard.

By combining these strategies, you can better maintain the appearance and health of your neck.


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