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Neck & Neck: The Race Against Aging
Nack & NeckDefying the signs of age on your face is easy, but your neck and décolleté (day-kol-tay) will always tell the truth. This area is a huge skin care challenge for most people. Although it is a commonly exposed area, it is often overlooked. The focus is almost always on the face, leaving the neck and décolleté to be forgotten. Years of neglect paired with overexposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, sagging and horizontal lines to appear. There is good news though. Remember that your neck and décolleté are extensions of the face, so just head south with your beauty routine.

By incorporating a high power neck and décolleté cream, you can help restore and rejuvenate your overall appearance. These targeted treatments are specifically formulated to address the multiple aging concerns for this delicate area. When looking for a good neck cream, keep in mind that antioxidants, exfoliants and ultra-hydrating moisturizers are all powerhouse ingredients that will work overtime for you. Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize environmental damage. Alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C and grape seed extract are a just few free-radical fighters that reverse photodamage while preventing future damage to the skin thus providing better elasticity and firmness. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids are exfoliants that increase cellular turnover and give smoother texture by exfoliating sun-damaged skin. They also aid in improving skin thickness and increase collagen production. Moisturizers, such as squalene, shea butter, sweet almond oil and triglycerides, provide intense hydration and plump the skin for more a more supple texture.

In your daily facial skin care routine, start from the chest and work your way up. Begin with a neck cream, move onto your favorite serums and moisturizers on the face, follow up with a good sunscreen and you will be sure to give this area the proper care it deserves. Remember to not pull down on the skin of the neck. Massage in upward strokes with your fingertips. Don’t forget to include your neck and décolleté during your weekly exfoliation.

Try facial exercises in addition to your new skin care routine, to help tighten the loose neck under your chin. No, your everyday frowning, smiling and squinting don’t count. There are actually muscles in the face that determine the firmness of the jaw line. A simple move to try: Start by looking straight ahead with your chin level. Turn your head to the right, looking over your shoulder, then push your head backwards and hold for six to eight seconds. Return head back to forward position with chin level. Repeat on your left side. Do each move six times.

Keep everyone guessing at your age with this foolproof plan and strut your stuff with that sexy, smooth neck!

You may want to experiment to see which products work best for you, but here are some recommendations to get you started:

Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Swan Firming Neck Treatment

Dr. Brandt V Zone Neck Cream

StriVectin Neck Cream

Cellex-C Advanced C Neck Firming Cream

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