The global cosmetic market is huge, reaching a staggering $460 Billion in 2014 alone while growing at a rate of 6.4% each year. This means is that we’ll be seeing more and more beauty products hitting the shelves in the following years. This also means that there is a surplus of products that we don’t really need being sold.
You will find a different cosmetic product for every part of your body many of which are completely unnecessary – think toner and lip exfoliator. Another cosmetic product that’s been raising brows lately is neck cream. Many wonder if body lotions or face creams work just as well for the neck area. Or, could it be that the skin on our necks is radically different than the rest of our body and as such deserves special treatment? Keep reading to find out.
About skin aging
Skin aging happens due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are genetics and time and we can’t do much about those. Extrinsic factors, on the other hand, are very much modifiable and include sun exposure, poor nutrition, pollution, smoking, and alcohol use. Many anti-aging strategies focus on extrinsic factors to prevent premature skin aging.
Anti-aging creams contain ingredients that are supposed to nourish the skin, restore its elasticity, and protect it from sun damage. Most of these creams are designed for the face area as this is where the first signs of skin aging tend to appear. A frequently overlooked area is the neck that is also greatly affected by aging. However, products specifically designed for this area are a relatively new occurrence and their necessity is still not well understood.
How the neck ages
The skin in your neck area is much thinner than on your face and it has less sebaceous glands. The neck area also has less fatty tissue and the muscles here tend to weaken with age. The loss of bone mass can also contribute to less supportive structure for the face and neck. Besides this, the neck is subjected to the aging effects of gravity even more so than the face. All these things when taken together mean that your neck is more likely to age you than your face.
Besides, we know that young people can develop fine lines and wrinkles but not jowls and a turkey neck. Taking all these facts into consideration, we can see how drastically different the neck area is from our face and the rest of our body. That is exactly why cosmetic companies have developed products that can slow down the aging process in the neck area.
So, do I need a neck firming cream?
The short answer is – not necessarily. Most firming creams are poorly formulated and the claims are far too unrealistic from what is genuinely possible from a cosmetic product to deliver. Some of the commonly seen ingredients in firming creams are dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) and N-Acetyl Glucosamine.
Studies on both ingredients have found that both have a firming effect on the skin but their safety is still questioned. Furthermore, there is only so much any topical agent can do for your skin. The best way to prevent premature skin aging is by living a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy, avoiding too much sun exposure, and keeping stress at bay. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.
What should I do with my neck area?
First and foremost, use sun protection daily. Most of us have made it a habit of applying creams with SPF to our face daily but the neck area seems to be unfairly neglected. Considering that the neck is exposed to the sun as much as the face then applying sunscreen here should be a no-brainer. However, it would be a good idea to use a different product on your neck than on your face.
As already mentioned, the neck area does not have the same number of sebaceous glands and is much thinner. This means that your neck needs a thicker cream that will provide it with more moisture. We suggest using a body lotion or a face cream designed for dry or mature skin. However, applying a product specifically designed for the neck or even a multi-purpose formula such as the new L’Oréal Paris anti-wrinkle face and neck moisturizer is just as good.
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While neck creams contain ingredients that specifically address the problems affecting this area such as wrinkling and sagging, this does not necessarily mean that they will give you a face lift. But nevertheless, applying any cream is better than no cream, especially if the product you are using on your neck has SPF. But keep in mind that neck creams can easily be replaced with body lotions or thicker face creams and your neck probably won’t notice the difference. Whether you want to pamper your neck area with a special cream is all up to you, your tastes, and your preferences.