We’re all familiar with the products needed to firm the skin on our face. But what about our neck? Contrary to popular belief, neck creams aren’t just face creams disguised under a new name. “Neck creams are often thicker than facial creams and have ingredients in them to help lift and tighten the neck skin that loses collagen and elastin over time,” says board-certified dermatologist Lily Talakoub.
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While Talakoub says you can absolutely use your normal face cream on your neck, you should still really consider adding a targeted neck cream on top of it. “You should always be applying your facial creams on your neck if you don’t have a separate neck cream,” she Talakoub. “However anti-aging ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid may be much harsher and more irritating on your neck than on your face.”
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New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Anthony Rossi adds that it’s important to pay special attention to ingredients. “Since the neck can show signs of both intrinsic aging (laxity) and extrinsic aging (photodamage), it is best to use a moisturiser that has SPF 30 or above during the day, and then at night, use a thick hydrating and peptide based night regimen,” says Rossi. With the derms’ advice in mind, we’re sharing some of our all-time favourite neck creams, for both day and night.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.