Although you cannot permanently escape the effects of aging, certain steps can slow the onset of wrinkles, particularly on your neck. Wrinkles result from the loss of elasticity in your skin, so treat the skin on your neck with the same care and diligence that you do the skin on your face. Use products regularly and follow the instructions for the best long-term results.

Sun Protection

Because the neck on your skin is thin, it is particularly susceptible to wrinkle-causing sun damage. Be sure to apply a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect the skin on your neck from harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you plan to be outdoors in the sunlight for an extended period of time, wear clothing that covers your exposed skin — including the neck — such as a lightweight scarf or a wide-brimmed hat. During the hottest times of the day, stay in shaded areas.

Use Retinoids

Retinoids are not just for your face. Apply the formula that you use on your facial skin to your neck area as well. The vitamin A derivative increases skin cell turnover and stimulates the production of collagen, helping to keep your skin firm and improving its overall texture. Products with retinoids are available over-the-counter, but consult a dermatologist for stronger versions that are available by prescription.

Exfoliate Regularly

Scrub the skin on your neck regularly with a gentle exfoliating cleanser to slough away dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria that accumulate on the skin’s surface. This will prime the surface of the skin to better absorb your anti-aging products and make more effective. Extend your exfoliation routine from your face down to your chest to ensure that the full neck area is getting the benefits.

Strengthen Your Skin

Select products for your neck that contain ingredients known for penetrating your skin’s outermost layer to improve elasticity and firmness. Check product labels before purchasing to determine whether these ingredients are active in the formula. Peptides and B vitamins such as niacin are key ingredients to look for in a product that you plan to use on your neck.