Last week I was reading an article about the author’s dilemma of exposing her neck.  She amusingly recounts constantly of having to cover her neck with scarves & polo necks.  Then at recent event I was asked several times if I make a specific neck cream?

It must be the season, now summer is here (or I think it is?) and  we discard our polo necks and scarves to  bare our necks for all to see. I have never felt the need to use a “neck” cream, perhaps I need to take a closer look!

Can we really improve the overall appearance of our necks using “neck” creams and possibly exercise?  So I did some searching.

The skin on the neck ages faster due to their being fewer oil glands, the skin gets drier, loses elasticity and wrinkles faster.  There are also fewer melanocytes – the cells that make the pigment that protects our skin from sun damage.

Sagging Skin is the result of over stretching of Elastin; Elastin is a highly elastic protein in the connective tissue and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Sun exposure, smoking, and weight loss all contribute to the development of sagging skin.   Wrinkles are formed when the collagen in our skin ages becomes hard, less flexible, weaker, caves and bends, forming winkles.

BUT good news is…..The synthetics of collagen can be improved  by using products that contain

  • ·         Vitamin C
  • ·         Co-Enzyme Q10,
  • ·         Anti-oxidising Plant Oils
  • ·         AhA’s
  • ·         Niacinamide & Glucosamine

All these ingredients can be found in our lovely Skin Essentials range, to help improve firmness and vitality to your neck,  face and chest.  So for time being we will not be formulating a specific “neck” cream unless we come across a miracle natural anti-aging firming (and all dancing) ingredient!

By giving this area just as much love and attention as your face is the most basic way of keeping ageing Necks at bay.

But, can excerises work too?

According to cosmetic surgeon Rajiv Grover. ‘It’s hardly a scientific view,’ he says, ‘but among all the patients I have seen in 15 years, the ones who do facial exercises tend to look younger than those who don’t.’  (Daily Mail)
With Collagen being connected to the fibrous tissue of the muscles, firming of the skin can be encouraged with gentle exercise.  So it makes sense to exercise this area to keep those chins from sagging!  Just look at all those muscles in this diagram, it must be worth a try!

Devotees of facial exercises swear that pulling a series of bizarre-looking expressions keeps them looking younger. Facial yoga expert Danielle Collins teaches an exercise called ‘the giraffe’ to make a sagging neck more taut.
  • Place your finger-tips on the top of your neck and lightly stroke the skin down as you tilt your head back.
  • Bring your head back down and repeat twice more.
  • Then jut your lower lip out as far as possible, place your fingers on your collarbone and point your chin upwards, pulling the corners of your mouth down. Hold for four deep breaths.
Repeat daily to see results after three weeks.
Why not take some before and after pics, I have taken a before pic, so working hard to get my neck looking firmer and thinner and if there is an improvement I will let you know and I will be religiously massaging my neck and chest too with products from the Skin Essentials range.

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