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When people get to a certain age the skin on the neck – the thinnest skin of the body – begins to pucker and sag and turn into wrinkles. Even some people without wrinkles on their faces have wrinkled necks that make them look older. To effectively maintain a younger looking neck, use anti-aging creams and exercise the area before wrinkles become a problem. If age and gravity have already created unsightly wrinkles, you can take steps to make your neck skin look younger.

Perform exercises specifically for the neck area to get rid of the wrinkles. Sit on a chair, tilt your head back, stare at the ceiling and close your eyes. Start chewing. Feel how the skin on your neck tightens. In the same sitting position, pucker your lips and try to kiss the ceiling. Stick out your tongue and try to touch your chin with it.

Treat your neck with the same creams and sunscreens your use on your face. While people spend considerable money on expensive facial creams to avoid wrinkles, they don’t often bother to extend the benefits of creams to the neck area. Also, investigate buying creams made specifically for the neck area.

Practice perfect posture. Hold your head high and the skin on the neck automatically stretches. Pretend a cord from the sky holds your head in place and your wrinkles will diminish. Avoid looking at the ground and sagging your shoulders, as this position accentuates the wrinkles of the skin on your neck. Adjust your computer screen so that you don’t have to look down at it.

Treat any age spots on your neck, as they draw attention to your wrinkles. Use a lightening cream on the area of hyper-pigmentation. High levels of glycol acid will also reduce the brown spots. Another natural ingredient, liquorice extract, can also work.

Stop smoking. In addition to contributing to wrinkles and puckers around the lips, smoking can lead to neck skin looking older. The thin skin of the neck suffers damage first.

Exercise regularly. A healthy general exercise program stimulates blood circulation to all areas of the body, including the neck.

Maintain a healthy diet. Eat foods high in antioxidants and take Omega 3 supplements. Take C and E vitamin pills to supplement your diet as needed.


If your neck looks old and it bothers you, start wearing scarves and cover it up.

About the Author

Jody Hanson

Jody Hanson began writing professionally in 1992 to help finance her second around-the-world trip. In addition to her academic books, she has written for "International Living," the "Sydney Courier" and the "Australian Woman's Forum." Hanson holds a Ph.D. in adult education from Greenwich University.