Age Gracefully: How to Manage Neck Wrinkles and Achieve Radiant Skin

5 min read

SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 - BY THE ONESKIN TEAM
September 19,2023
SKIN CARE

Age Gracefully: How to Manage Neck Wrinkles and Achieve Radiant Skin

5 min read

SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 - BY THE ONESKIN TEAM
September 19,2023
SKIN CARE
When it comes to skin care, the face usually steals the show, but venture just a couple of inches below and you’ll find skin that requires a similar level of TLC. Due to its unique characteristics, the skin on the neck can experience advanced visible signs of aging if overlooked during your daily routine. Here are some tools to address the root causes of neck wrinkles to keep your neck skin healthy and radiant!
When it comes to skin care, the face usually steals the show, but venture just a couple of inches below and you’ll find skin that requires a similar level of TLC. Due to its unique characteristics, the skin on the neck can experience advanced visible signs of aging if overlooked during your daily routine. Here are some tools to address the root causes of neck wrinkles to keep your neck skin healthy and radiant!
01

Understanding Neck Wrinkles: Causes and Factors

The skin on the neck is unique in a few key ways. First, it contains fewer sebaceous glands and pores; this makes neck skin drier than most other areas of the body, which can lead to wrinkles, sagging, cracking, and uneven skin texture.1 The dermis of neck skin, the layer responsible for the skin's structural strength, is much thinner than the skin in the face. The skin on our neck also has higher levels of elastin and lower levels of collagen when compared to the rest of body's skin. This means the neck skin is highly elastic, allowing us to move our neck and head freely throughout life, but is more prone to the development of wrinkles due to less collagen. Plus, as we age, the skin across our bodies experiences a decline in both collagen and elastin. For the neck this depletion of already low levels of collagen can lead to even more wrinkling and weakening of the skin.

Collagen

Collagen creates a structural framework in the skin.2 Natural collagen production slows starting around your 20s or 30s and
accelerates significantly for women during menopause. Without the structural support that collagen provides, skin loses its strength and thickness, resulting in crepey skin, saggy skin, and wrinkled skin. You may notice wrinkles on your body anywhere from lip wrinkles to wrinkled arm skin. Additionally, the skin on your neck contains less collagen in the first place, therefore skin aging manifests quicker in that area.
01

Understanding Neck Wrinkles: Causes and Factors

The skin on the neck is unique in a few key ways. First, it contains fewer sebaceous glands and pores; this makes neck skin drier than most other areas of the body, which can lead to wrinkles, sagging, cracking, and uneven skin texture.1 The dermis of neck skin, the layer responsible for the skin's structural strength, is much thinner than the skin in the face. The skin on our neck also has higher levels of elastin and lower levels of collagen when compared to the rest of body's skin. This means the neck skin is highly elastic, allowing us to move our neck and head freely throughout life, but is more prone to the development of wrinkles due to less collagen. Plus, as we age, the skin across our bodies experiences a decline in both collagen and elastin. For the neck this depletion of already low levels of collagen can lead to even more wrinkling and weakening of the skin.

Collagen

Collagen creates a structural framework in the skin.2 Natural collagen production slows starting around your 20s or 30s and
accelerates significantly for women during menopause. Without the structural support that collagen provides, skin loses its strength and thickness, resulting in crepey skin, saggy skin, and wrinkled skin. You may notice wrinkles on your body anywhere from lip wrinkles to wrinkled arm skin. Additionally, the skin on your neck contains less collagen in the first place, therefore skin aging manifests quicker in that area.

Elastin

Elastin gives the skin its ability to stretch and “bounce back” after movement. Age-related damage to cells causes elastin to decline over time, reducing the elasticity of the skin and leading to skin sagging. 3

Elastin

Elastin gives the skin its ability to stretch and “bounce back” after movement. Age-related damage to cells causes elastin to decline over time, reducing the elasticity of the skin and leading to skin sagging. 3
02

Skin Health Habits for Neck Wrinkle Prevention

There are a few key lifestyle habits that can be avoided to help maintain healthy, youthful, radiant neck skin.

#1: UV Exposure

Frequent unprotected UV ray exposure damages cells and leads to premature aging. UV exposure induces cells to become senescent, prompting them to secrete harmful factors including matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs degrade collagen proteins, leading to reduced collagen levels in the skin due to UV exposure, a common contributor of sun damaged skin.
02

Skin Health Habits for Neck Wrinkle Prevention

There are a few key lifestyle habits that can be avoided to help maintain healthy, youthful, radiant neck skin.

#1: UV Exposure

Frequent unprotected UV ray exposure damages cells and leads to premature aging. UV exposure induces cells to become senescent, prompting them to secrete harmful factors including matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs degrade collagen proteins, leading to reduced collagen levels in the skin due to UV exposure, a common contributor of sun damaged skin.

#2: Smoking

Smoking cigarettes or consuming other nicotine products can have detrimental impacts on the health of your skin. That’s because nicotine consumption narrows our body’s capillaries: the thin blood vessels that supply nutrients to skin. With less of these nutrients, the skin struggles to produce collagen. This can cause up to a 20% decrease in collagen synthesis among smokers, leading to the early development of or worsening of wrinkles in the skin, including on the neck. 5

#2: Smoking

Smoking cigarettes or consuming other nicotine products can have detrimental impacts on the health of your skin. That’s because nicotine consumption narrows our body’s capillaries: the thin blood vessels that supply nutrients to skin. With less of these nutrients, the skin struggles to produce collagen. This can cause up to a 20% decrease in collagen synthesis among smokers, leading to the early development of or worsening of wrinkles in the skin, including on the neck. 5
03

Restorative Skin Health Habits

Actively pursuing restorative products and habits will help slow the progression of aging skin and the wrinkles that come with it. Four practices that will help actively help in neck rejuvenation and skin preservation include:

#1: Nourishing and Hydrating the Neck

Sebum is a mixture of natural fats and oils that is produced by skin and protects us from damaging environmental factors like pollutants and pathogens. The neck skin has less sebaceous glands, and therefore produces less sebum compared to the rest of the body. With the additional decline of sebum with age, the skin on the neck area is at an innate disadvantage, making it more likely to experience a weakened skin barrier and less water retention.6 Typically women begin producing less sebum once menopause has started, and men tend to experience this loss much later in life. To combat these low levels of sebum, especially as you age, be sure to incorporate a daily peptide moisturizer for your neck area. You might consider including your neck into your daily face care routine!
Better yet, seek out ingredients that are scientifically proven to boost collagen and hyaluronic acid biosynthesis capabilities in skin, like the OS-01 peptide.* OS-01 can benefit all areas of the skin, but can be especially useful for the skin on the neck, which naturally has less collagen and water retention capabilities. OneSkin’s OS-01 BODY, our peptide body lotion, has also been shown to reduce UV-induced senescence and collagen degradation.*
03

Restorative Skin Health Habits

Actively pursuing restorative products and habits will help slow the progression of aging skin and the wrinkles that come with it. Four practices that will help actively help in neck rejuvenation and skin preservation include:

#1: Nourishing and Hydrating the Neck

Sebum is a mixture of natural fats and oils that is produced by skin and protects us from damaging environmental factors like pollutants and pathogens. The neck skin has less sebaceous glands, and therefore produces less sebum compared to the rest of the body. With the additional decline of sebum with age, the skin on the neck area is at an innate disadvantage, making it more likely to experience a weakened skin barrier and less water retention.6 Typically women begin producing less sebum once menopause has started, and men tend to experience this loss much later in life. To combat these low levels of sebum, especially as you age, be sure to incorporate a daily peptide moisturizer for your neck area. You might consider including your neck into your daily face care routine!
Better yet, seek out ingredients that are scientifically proven to boost collagen and hyaluronic acid biosynthesis capabilities in skin, like the OS-01 peptide.* OS-01 can benefit all areas of the skin, but can be especially useful for the skin on the neck, which naturally has less collagen and water retention capabilities. OneSkin’s OS-01 BODY, our peptide body lotion, has also been shown to reduce UV-induced senescence and collagen degradation.*
Disclaimers
* Shown in lab studies on human skin cells and/or samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)
Disclaimers
* Shown in lab studies on human skin cells and/or samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)

#2: Exfoliation and Neck Skin Renewal

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, priming your skin to resurface healthier cells. Exfoliation can be useful for the skin on the neck, as it can stimulate collagen and elastin production within the dermis. Additionally, the physical process of removing dead cells can encourage blood flow to the skin giving your cells more resources to create key proteins, including elastin and collagen.7 When it comes to exfoliation on the neck skin, moderation is key. Over-exfoliation can lead to redness, irritation, and a compromised skin barrier, especially for skin that naturally has a weaker skin barrier like the neck. Exfoliate no more than three to four times per week, or every other day.

#2: Exfoliation and Neck Skin Renewal

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, priming your skin to resurface healthier cells. Exfoliation can be useful for the skin on the neck, as it can stimulate collagen and elastin production within the dermis. Additionally, the physical process of removing dead cells can encourage blood flow to the skin giving your cells more resources to create key proteins, including elastin and collagen.7 When it comes to exfoliation on the neck skin, moderation is key. Over-exfoliation can lead to redness, irritation, and a compromised skin barrier, especially for skin that naturally has a weaker skin barrier like the neck. Exfoliate no more than three to four times per week, or every other day.

#3: Specialized Neck Exercises and Massage

Neck exercises can be used to strengthen the muscles underneath the skin to add volume and increase blood flow.
  • Exercises: Focus on neck exercises that build muscle under the chin and along the side and back of the neck. These muscles act as a scaffold for neck skin to build healthy tissue as well as stimulate blood flow to the skin. A strong neck muscle will add volume below the surface thereby preventing sagging and wrinkle development. 8
  • Massages: Massaging the face and neck with your hands or a tool like a gua sha smooths the skin, promotes blood flow, and stimulates collagen growth while also acting as a gentle exfoliator.9,10 Habitual massaging of the skin will help keep it healthy and wrinkle-free for longer.
  • #3: Specialized Neck Exercises and Massage

    Neck exercises can be used to strengthen the muscles underneath the skin to add volume and increase blood flow.
    • Exercises: Focus on neck exercises that build muscle under the chin and along the side and back of the neck. These muscles act as a scaffold for neck skin to build healthy tissue as well as stimulate blood flow to the skin. A strong neck muscle will add volume below the surface thereby preventing sagging and wrinkle development. 8
    • Massages: Massaging the face and neck with your hands or a tool like a gua sha smooths the skin, promotes blood flow, and stimulates collagen growth while also acting as a gentle exfoliator.9,10 Habitual massaging of the skin will help keep it healthy and wrinkle-free for longer.
    • #4: Home Remedies and Natural Treatments

      While many skin care products on the market can be helpful in mitigating horizontal neck wrinkles, you can also introduce benefits to your delicate skin with simple ingredients that can be found at home.
      • Aloe Vera, a tropical succulent plant, has been shown in clinical trials to reduce wrinkles when used both topically or ingested as a supplement.(11) Aloe Vera is abundant in nature across the globe and products containing aloe vera can be found in many pharmacies or beauty stores.
      • Natural or essential oils can be helpful at bolstering the oil barriers in skin, which can help prevent neck wrinkles.12 Make sure to use diluted essential oils in order to avoid irritation and consult your dermatologist about their recommendations.
      • Topical Vitamin C solutions can be helpful in reducing necklines by promoting healthy collagen production. We are unable to synthesize Vitamin C ourselves so we need to consume it in our diet. 13
      • #4: Home Remedies and Natural Treatments

        While many skin care products on the market can be helpful in mitigating horizontal neck wrinkles, you can also introduce benefits to your delicate skin with simple ingredients that can be found at home.
        • Aloe Vera, a tropical succulent plant, has been shown in clinical trials to reduce wrinkles when used both topically or ingested as a supplement.(11) Aloe Vera is abundant in nature across the globe and products containing aloe vera can be found in many pharmacies or beauty stores.
        • Natural or essential oils can be helpful at bolstering the oil barriers in skin, which can help prevent neck wrinkles.12 Make sure to use diluted essential oils in order to avoid irritation and consult your dermatologist about their recommendations.
        • Topical Vitamin C solutions can be helpful in reducing necklines by promoting healthy collagen production. We are unable to synthesize Vitamin C ourselves so we need to consume it in our diet. 13
        • 04

          Lifestyle Changes and Diet for Radiant Skin

          You are what you eat, and this is especially true for frequently regenerating organs like the skin. Our diet is one of our strongest tools in supporting skin health, as it provides the building blocks for healthy skin. Antioxidants can help prevent oxidative damage, proteins can provide the building blocks for collagen and elastin, and healthy fats can promote a healthy lipid balance in skin.

          Antioxidants for Repairing Healthy Collagen

          Antioxidants
          neutralize free radicals within our body that would otherwise cause harm to your skin cells and break down collagen.14 A diet rich in antioxidants can prevent this form of damage from accumulating as you age, reducing the prevalence of wrinkles from horizontal necklines and
          stomach wrinkles to wrinkled hands and even wrinkled feet.
          04

          Lifestyle Changes and Diet for Radiant Skin

          You are what you eat, and this is especially true for frequently regenerating organs like the skin. Our diet is one of our strongest tools in supporting skin health, as it provides the building blocks for healthy skin. Antioxidants can help prevent oxidative damage, proteins can provide the building blocks for collagen and elastin, and healthy fats can promote a healthy lipid balance in skin.

          Antioxidants for Repairing Healthy Collagen

          Antioxidants
          neutralize free radicals within our body that would otherwise cause harm to your skin cells and break down collagen.14 A diet rich in antioxidants can prevent this form of damage from accumulating as you age, reducing the prevalence of wrinkles from horizontal necklines and
          stomach wrinkles to wrinkled hands and even wrinkled feet.

          Protein for Collagen & Elastin Synthesis

          Because skin is constantly renewing itself, skin requires a consistent supply of proteins to rebuild collagen, elastin, and other structural proteins. Many of these proteins cannot be synthesized by the body and must be consumed in our diet. The amino acid building blocks of collagen, including proline, glycine, hydroxyproline, and Vitamin C and E, can be found in Fish, Meat, Dairy, fruit, and Legumes. 13,14,15

          Protein for Collagen & Elastin Synthesis

          Because skin is constantly renewing itself, skin requires a consistent supply of proteins to rebuild collagen, elastin, and other structural proteins. Many of these proteins cannot be synthesized by the body and must be consumed in our diet. The amino acid building blocks of collagen, including proline, glycine, hydroxyproline, and Vitamin C and E, can be found in Fish, Meat, Dairy, fruit, and Legumes. 13,14,15

          Healthy Fats for a Strong Lipid Barrier

          Unlike saturated fats which tend to stay in the body and deposit themselves in blood vessels, unsaturated fats are used by the body's cells to ensure a healthy lipid balance.16 A diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids, polysaturated, and monounsaturated fats keep the skin barrier healthy by aiding in moisture retention and helping to prevent damage from environmental sources. Fish, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, avocados, and dark chocolate are all great sources of these unsaturated fats.

          Healthy Fats for a Strong Lipid Barrier

          Unlike saturated fats which tend to stay in the body and deposit themselves in blood vessels, unsaturated fats are used by the body's cells to ensure a healthy lipid balance.16 A diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids, polysaturated, and monounsaturated fats keep the skin barrier healthy by aiding in moisture retention and helping to prevent damage from environmental sources. Fish, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, avocados, and dark chocolate are all great sources of these unsaturated fats.
          05

          Embracing Aging with Confidence

          Aging is inevitable, but how we age is not. By taking a few simple and effective steps, such as a healthy diet, a consistent skin care regimen, and a habit of exercising and massaging the neck, you can avoid undue development of horizontal neck wrinkles. If you’re looking for a simple yet effective skincare regimen to not only moisturize and hydrate the delicate skin on your neck, but to target skin aging at the source, consider using OS-01 FACE. Scientifically proven to improve collagen levels in skin*, OS-01 FACE is powered by the first peptide proven to reverse skin’s biological age.* OS-01 FACE is clinically validated to improve skin’s barrier function (average improvement + 15%), improve skin elasticity (shown in 90% of users), and improve skin evenness, radiance, pores and firmness (shown in 95.5% of users)**Pro Tip: OS-01 EYE, our peptide eye cream, contains the highest concentration of the OS-01 peptide and has been shown to more than double the production of collagen.*** If you are looking for a potent remedy for neck wrinkles, then OS-01 EYE may be for you!
          05

          Embracing Aging with Confidence

          Aging is inevitable, but how we age is not. By taking a few simple and effective steps, such as a healthy diet, a consistent skin care regimen, and a habit of exercising and massaging the neck, you can avoid undue development of horizontal neck wrinkles. If you’re looking for a simple yet effective skincare regimen to not only moisturize and hydrate the delicate skin on your neck, but to target skin aging at the source, consider using OS-01 FACE. Scientifically proven to improve collagen levels in skin*, OS-01 FACE is powered by the first peptide proven to reverse skin’s biological age.* OS-01 FACE is clinically validated to improve skin’s barrier function (average improvement + 15%), improve skin elasticity (shown in 90% of users), and improve skin evenness, radiance, pores and firmness (shown in 95.5% of users)**Pro Tip: OS-01 EYE, our peptide eye cream, contains the highest concentration of the OS-01 peptide and has been shown to more than double the production of collagen.*** If you are looking for a potent remedy for neck wrinkles, then OS-01 EYE may be for you!
          Disclaimers
          * Shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)** Shown in a 12-week clinical study ** Shown in lab studies on ex vivo human eyelid skin samples (OneSkin manuscript in draft)
          Disclaimers
          * Shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)** Shown in a 12-week clinical study ** Shown in lab studies on ex vivo human eyelid skin samples (OneSkin manuscript in draft)
          Key Takeaways:
          • Neck skin is unique in that it naturally produces less sebum and contains less collagen, making it vulnerable to accelerated signs of skin aging
          • Neck skin is often overlooked, but should be treated with the same level of care as the face, focusing on moisturization and combating the lower levels of collagen
          • The OS-01 peptide is scientifically proven to reduce UV-induced collagen degradation and increase collagen biosynthesis
          • OS-01 FACE is specifically formulated for the face, hands, and neck, and has been scientifically proven to improve skin’s barrier function
          Key Takeaways:
          • Neck skin is unique in that it naturally produces less sebum and contains less collagen, making it vulnerable to accelerated signs of skin aging
          • Neck skin is often overlooked, but should be treated with the same level of care as the face, focusing on moisturization and combating the lower levels of collagen
          • The OS-01 peptide is scientifically proven to reduce UV-induced collagen degradation and increase collagen biosynthesis
          • OS-01 FACE is specifically formulated for the face, hands, and neck, and has been scientifically proven to improve skin’s barrier function

          Reviewed by Alessandra Zonari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder of OneSkin

          Alessandra earned her Master’s degree in stem cell biology, and her PhD in skin regeneration and tissue engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in collaboration with the 3B’s Research Group in Portugal. Alessandra did a second post-doctoral at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is a co-inventor of three patents and has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

          Reviewed by Alessandra Zonari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder of OneSkin

          Alessandra earned her Master’s degree in stem cell biology, and her PhD in skin regeneration and tissue engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in collaboration with the 3B’s Research Group in Portugal. Alessandra did a second post-doctoral at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is a co-inventor of three patents and has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

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