The beauty industry is a big one. Every day, we are bombarded with ads promising us clearer, smoother, better skin with products or aesthetic procedures. But have you ever noticed how it’s usuallu the face that’s targeted to be cared for?
So often, people take such good care of their faces, presenting an unlined visage to the world, but they then forget that age doesn’t reflect itself only on your face. It reflects itself on your skin ALL OVER YOUR BODY, and if there’s one place that shows up your age in quite a telling manner, it’ll be your neck and décolletage (that’s the part below the neck to your cleavage).
So often, I’ve seen women who look young and immaculate, but then their neck tells a different story. Like it or not, ALL skin ages, not just your face. But before you run out to buy that dedicated neck cream (yes they exist), wait a bit and use my skincare tip instead! 😉
Ok, I know there are brands that make neck creams in the market. I’ve tried one or two myself, the last being from Clarins, which I tested and promptly forgot about, because it didn’t do anything for me that I wasn’t already doing for myself. While I have no doubt that they serve a good purpose and a reminder if nothing else, let me tell you right now that you don’t need dedicated neck creams. It’s just another cream that you put on your dresser that you will likely forget about in time to come, and discover after it’s expired.
Instead, use my tip.
Quickie Tip: How to care for your neck & décolletage
When applying your regular skincare for your face, extend it down to your neck and décolletage!
Now, how hard is that? You don’t even have to spend any extra money! 😀
I do this with all my skincare. When I cleanse my face, I extend the cleanser down to my neck. When I apply an acid toner, I wipe the cotton pad over my neck and décolletage after I’m done with my face. Ditto essences, serums and creams. I usually dispense a little more than necessary, so I have enough product to extend it downwards. In essence, everything I use on my face, every step of it, goes on my neck and décolletage, including sunscreen. You know the famed Korean 10 step method? Well, my neck area enjoys every 10 steps of it! 😀
Quite often, dedicated neck creams sold in the market are thicker and more emollient in texture, as the skin on our necks are usually drier and thinner and need more moisture. I personally don’t use anything different from what I use on my face. I reason that because I pamper the neck and décolletage area with lotions and serums and moisturisers, it’s sufficient. Not everyone does and if so, a thicker textured neck cream might serve a better function.
The Clarins Extra Firming Neck cream isn’t bad as a product. It’s thicker than a regular moisturiser, but I keep forgetting to use it, and when I do, I’ve already covered my whole skincare routine down my neck. In the end, it was a bit of a white elephant on my dresser.
I’m not sure when I started doing this, but it has been something I’ve been doing for many years. Primarily, I started extending my skin care down to my neck because I realised that I had residue on my hands and I did not want to waste them. Skincare is expensive! Later, it was just force of habit. I don’t do any special massage procedure. I quite literally just apply my skincare to my neck as I would my face, and I’m done!
So, don’t think that you can erase the years from your face with a visit to your friendly aesthetic clinic. You will lift, fill and prime your face, but you will have a pickle of a time trying to hide the skin damage done to your neck. Don’t take short-cuts – slow and steady wins the race 😉
And yes, I’m a testimonial to my actions because I’ve seen the results. I’ve often been told that my skin texture belies my age, and not even my neck and hands give my age away! You just can’t tell if I’m faking it, because the skin on my neck is just as supple as the skin on my face *preen* As we will say, “angkat bakul sendiri” (lit. lifting your own basket, or blowing your own trumpet) LOL! 😀 That was from a total stranger too, at a skincare brand as well, who generously plonked me into the 25-35 age group for which I told her “You’re far too kind!” LOL! 😀
Do you take specific care of the skin on your neck and décolletage? Do you use a dedicated neck cream?
I won’t say I make it a point to actually care for the skin on my neck, but it’s a habit that I developed a long time ago that’s paying just dividends now. If you haven’t been paying attention, now’s a good time as any to start! It’s never too late if you are dedicated. Or perhaps you use a specific neck cream? Share! 🙂