How & Why To Take Care Of Your Neck |
With less supportive tissue and collagen, the skin on our neck tends to be much thinner, which is why it's one of the first areas to show the signs of ageing. From the importance of serums, to the reason why mobile phones don’t help, we asked expert facialist, Kate Kerr, why and how we should be taking care of our necks…
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The Skin On Your Neck Is More Delicate

With a different cell composition to other parts of your body, the skin on your neck is entirely different. The dermis is thinner, so there isn’t as much collagen either, which means you’re more likely to see premature wrinkling. Think of it this way, your neck is about as delicate as the skin on your eyelids – that should give you some perspective as to how gentle you should be. 

Fewer Sebaceous Glands Mean Less Moisture 

Less collagen is one thing, but our necks are also naturally oil-free. There are fewer sebaceous glands here, which usually help to lock in moisture. This means drier skin and increased irritation – it’s also said you’re more prone to scarring on your neck because without the usual oiliness, skin can’t heal as well. Keep the area moisturised and nourished with daily SPF. The latter will help protect from any UV damage, as well as prevent collagen breakdown and, eventually, laxity of the skin. 

Tech Neck Is A Thing - Really

It’s not a myth – bad posture and mobile phone addictions aren’t helping our necks age gracefully. Texting and bending over a computer all day can cause premature lines and wrinkling, as well as straining our necks. To counteract the damage, try bringing your mobile up to your face – just be aware that our devices emit a light that’s proven to cause oxidative stress to the skin structures, which in turn, can lead to premature dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

You Don’t Need A Whole New Routine 

The industry is saturated with dedicated neck creams, most of which are dedicated ploy to make extra money. Because most are an anti-ageing product, any neck product is bound to have the same ingredients as a regular face cream. Admittedly, a dedicated neck cream might be richer, thereby helping to soothe dryness, but they’re usually not necessary.  

Serums Work Best 

Ideally, you want a product that stimulates collagen, has antioxidants to protect against the environment and added SPF to ward off UV damage. You might also want something that specifically targets pigmentation - a common side effect of perfume use. But it’s unlikely one product will target everything at once. Instead, use different serums and sweep them in upward motions post-cleanse. Serums have smaller particles, so they’re more likely to really penetrate the skin. 

Specific Ingredients Target Different Issues

It all depends on your concerns, but generally speaking, if you’re looking to boost collagen production, seek out serums laced with retinol – just make sure it’s a lower dose, as thin skin won’t cope with high percentages. It’s also worth trying products on your neck that contain growth factors, peptides and hyaluronic acid - all of which stimulate collagen and boost elasticity. If pigmentation is your concern, vitamin C should be your first port of call to strengthen the capillaries on your neck over time. Try to always use a minimum of SPF 50 there, too. 

How You Apply Your Product Counts

Think of the neck as an extension of the face and treat it no differently. Instead of tugging at the skin or pushing your product into the neck, use light, feathering motions and sweep any product upwards – again, this prevents the skin from being pulled down, meaning less friction and stretching. 

Investigate Certain Procedures

While good skincare is always beneficial in the long-term, there are certain procedures which can help - although it’s worth noting these tend to only yield temporary results. Neurotoxins (like botox) can be used to soften signs of sagging, while hyaluronic fillers can blur and diffuse fine lines, having a softening effect. As a less invasive option, IPL is great and often used to treat a common condition known as poikiloderma. This is when you see redness form on the sides of the cheeks and down onto the décolletage, making the skin quite bumpy. It’s treated by using products that help to induce constriction of capillaries – which is why IPL is so effective.

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