You already know wearing moisturizer and SPF on the daily is important, but sun and environmental damage can affect other parts of your body too. Not only that, but your daily habits could alter your appearance. Ever heard of “tech neck?”
“The professional term is laxity of the neck skin,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman, a New York City-based dermatologist. “It describes the early onset condition resulting from persistent folding of the skin, like looking down at a phone or laptop. Now, with the addition of looking at our phones repeatedly, we are seeing neck changes even earlier.”
If you’ve noticed more fine lines or wrinkles on your neck, Engelman says it happens because the skin there is very thin and more prone to aging than any other part of the body. Even more wrinkle-inducing is the fact that it doesn’t have the same healing capacity as other parts of your body.
Engelman says prevention is key, but you can also use products that help thicken the skin, like her favorite: Elizabeth Arden Anti-Aging Neck and Décolleté Firm & Repair Cream ($115, dermstore.com). But you don’t necessarily need a different product to prevent aging signs on your neck and décolleté, or one that’s over $100 — the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab pros say a good night cream works perfectly. But we have top picks (including GH Seal stars!) if do want a neck-specific product. Additional reporting by Sam Escobar.
When the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab tested more than 40 neck and décolleté creams, this earned a top ranking for moisturizing and high scores for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Even better? It’s also backed by our GH Seal!
A GH Seal star, this night creamearned top marks in Lab tests for improving UV spots, a frequent giveaway of aging skin. Testers loved its “unique and light texture,” budget-friendly price, and how well it firmed skin.
Backed by our GH Seal as well, this serum packs serious power. In clinical studies, it left neck skin feeling firmer, and looking visibly smoother and less crepe-y. Use it on your neck and face for double the wrinkle-fightin