No matter how committed we are to taking care of our complexions, the area below the jawline — specifically, the neck and décolletage — are oft neglected. The delicate area is one of the first to show signs of aging (think: wrinkles, sagging, hyperpigmentation, dryness) thanks to a lack of sebaceous glands and that fun little thing called gravity. As we age, the skin naturally loses collagen and elastin, which leads to volume loss and sagging. Constantly craning over smartphones, meanwhile, has led younger people to experience 'tech neck' — or premature laxity and fine lines as a result of looking down.
Because the skin on the neck and décolleté is thinner and more sensitive than the face, your normal skincare routine might be too aggressive for it. Ingredients that improve cell turnover (retinol and retinoids), brighten the skin (vitamin C), boost moisture retention (hyaluronic acid), and encourage repair (peptides) are all beneficial to treat the area, and they can be found in a variety of forms ranging from serums and sheet masks to creams.
Here, we round up the best lotions and potions to care for the skin between the chin and the chest.
The Multitasker: Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream
Formulated to treat the face and neck, this fast-absorbing moisturizer features a botanically sourced phyto-mimetic vitamin A, chaga mushroom, and hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of wrinkles, tone, and texture. $68, ulta.com
The Heavy Lifter: Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust
If you are looking for an alternative to heavy creams, this antioxidant-rich gel does a lot of heavy lifting without, well, the heaviness. The lightweight formula features green tea to protect against free radical damage and rosemary to tighten sagging skin and increase cell turnover. $49, dermstore.com
The Strengthener: SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair
You've heard us wax poetic about the age defying benefits of retinol, but facial formulas can be too potent for the delicate skin of the neck and décolleté. In this moisturizer, pure retinol (0.2 percent) is paired with a tripeptide concentrate and glaucine complex to smooth and strengthen skin. $120, dermstore.com
The Quick Fix: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Neck Gel
Looking for a quick fix before a night out or your next Zoom meeting? These single-use patches are infused with niacinamide to tighten and brighten sagging skin. One 10-minute treatment is all you need to see results, but the benefits build with consistent use. $35 for 4, ulta.com
The Bestseller: PRAI Ageless Throat & Décolletage Creme
There is a reason one of these creams sells every 60 seconds worldwide. It is a budget-friendly formula packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, E, and F to restore elasticity and firmness from the jawline to the bustline. $30, praibeauty.com
The Exfoliator: Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion
Lactic and ferulic acids combine with retinol and a proprietary ECG complex to boost cell turnover, which, in turn, helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture. $75, sephora.com
The Skin Soother: Doctor Babor Cleanformance Phyto CBD Cream
Calm and protect sensitive skin on the face, neck, and décolletage with this lightweight formula that features a phyto CBD blend of hemp seed oil and cosmeceutical-grade cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD). Pre- and probiotics, squalane, and ceramides offer additional nourishing and anti-inflammatory benefits. $65, skinstore.com
The Drugstore Find: Freeman Beauty Lovely Neck Sheet Mask
Sheet masks aren’t just for the face. This sheet is designed for the neck and chest includes a blend of grape seed and peach extract to instantly tone and hydrate skin for less than the cost of a latte. $3, walmart.com
The Smoothing Serum: StriVectin Tightening Neck Serum Roller
This non-greasy serum is great for daytime wear and offers a spa-like experience thanks to its massaging applicator. Polymers and the brand's NIA-114 niacinamide technology visibly lift the neck and strengthen the skin barrier to reveal smoother (i.e. less crepey) skin. $89, ulta.com
The Gentle Alternative: Dr. Zenovia Peptide + Ceramide Repairing Moisturizer
The Protector: RoC Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30
Many neck creams are too rich to use during the day, but you won’t mind slathering on this lightweight option in the A.M. It is clinically proven to reduce discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles, while protecting against future damage thanks to its SPF 30. $24, walmart.com
The Treatment: Dr. Brandt Needles No More Neck Sculpting Cream
Boost the uplifting benefits of your gua sha practice with this rejuvenating cream that blends caffeine, soy isoflavones, spirulina, guarana extract, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and more to improve the contour of the neck and jaw. $95, sephora.com
The Multivitamin: Phyto-C Skin Firming Cream
Consider this firming and brightening cream a multivitamin for your face and neck. A potent 15 percent L-Ascorbic acid (read: vitamin C) improves skin tone and texture, while vitamins B5 and E offer additional antioxidant protection. $120, phyto-c.com
The Wrinkle Reducer: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream Moisturizer
Fucoidan seaweed, ceramides, niacin, and shea butter are just a few of the actives in this smoothing and moisturizing cream that reduces the appearance of horizontal neck lines. $52, macys.com
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