Keep Your Neck Young
Yes, there is much we can do to keep our neck looking younger. Some women have
young looking skin on their face, but you wonder what happened to their neck.
Here is a list of things to do and to watch out for to keep you neck looking
* Whenever you treat the skin on your face, treat your neck the very same
way. If you are moisturizing, using a night cream or having a facial treatment,
include your neck…always. If you don’t, you may eventually have
soft, youthful facial skin with a neck that feels and looks rough and coarse.
I have seen this happen so many times.
* The neck has thin skin and the sun will do its aging damage quickly. We
all have seen the skin on someone’s neck that looks so much older and
wrinkled than the skin on the rest of their body, including their face. This
person probably protected her face from the sun, but did not realize her neck
should be protected in the same way. Don’t forget, if you wear a short
hairstyle the back and sides of your neck are exposed every time you walk out
in the sunlight. Make sure you use a sun block on your neck when outdoors for
any length of time. If you are wearing a hat for protection against the sun,
make sure it protects the back and sides of your neck too. When horse back
riding and fly-fishing my hats are wide enough to protect my neck too. (My
hair is long, but I tie it back when I do these sports.)
* If you have put on weight, and think your neck is getting a little “fleshy” and
don’t like it, lose the weight and you will lose a large part of the “thicker
neck.” When you gain weight you usually gain under the chin, in the neck
and stomach first. The good news is that you lose it there first.
* Massage your neck lightly with an upward slow motion toward the chin. Use
a moisturizer while doing this so your fingers do not “pull or stretch” the
skin too much. This also stimulates the small capillaries bringing more blood
to the surface.
* Try to get used to sleeping on a lower pillow so that your neck is “stretched
out” more rather than curled down into your chest.
* Good posture will do a lot for the look of a younger neck. Back straight
and chin up forces a more youthful look. Curved back, chin down will give almost
anyone an older looking neck. This is almost the first thing a NY photographer’s
model learns when in front of the camera. Have you seen pictures of yourself
and thought, “I didn’t realize I have a double chin!” Well
you may not. Were you sitting down with a curved back and your chin down when
the picture was taken? No Model would ever do that and be booked again…it’s
not a flattering picture.
Hope this helps…. I’ll be ready for your next tip in a week.
Thank you for encouraging me to write these Tips…it’s fun.