Every woman I know wants youthful looking skin that glows like it did when they were in their twenties. By the time some women reach the age of 35 they spend hundreds of dollars a year on professional-grade skincare products, like the ones offered at NOSI Skincare. Others spend thousands of dollars on med spa treatments and cosmetic surgery to try to take years off their appearance and keep their real age a secret. But if you focus only on your face and neglect your neck and décolleté, all that effort and expense will be wasted. No matter how much time and money you spend, the face of a forty-year-old on the turkey-neck of a sixty-year-old will give your secret away. Here are the best ways to prevent turkey neck.
Skincare for the Neck and Decollete
Your daily skincare regimen needs to include the neck and décolleté using special products make specifically for these areas. Skin on neck may look the same as the skin on the face but in fact, it is not. The skin on the neck and upper chest is actually thinner than the skin on the face. There is less fat tissue under the surface and fewer sebaceous glands that contain moisture. That means the typical signs of aging including loss of elasticity, dryness, sagging skin, discoloration and a crepe-like appearance often start on the neck first! It’s hard to believe, but good skincare should start with the neck and décolleté but it’s often the last area to get attention.
One of the best ways to prevent turkey neck is using NOSI Skincare’s Neck and Décolleté Crème. This crème will tighten neck skin, smooth the deep wrinkles, and even-out skin tone. It contains a botanical ingredient not found in many other neck treatments called Nannochloropsis Oculata Extract. It’s hard to pronounce, but it critically important. It is purified algae extract that tightens the skin to help eliminate sag. Other active ingredients include Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, an anti-inflammatory that protects skin from UV damage and heals past sun damage. Sunflower seed oil is high in Vitamin E and keeps the skin hydrated. This will also protect collagen, enhance elasticity and make the skin look younger.
Nosi Skincare's Neck and Decollete Creme.
Another product to use with any neck and décolleté regiment is the NOSI Skincare Seaweed Serum with DMAE. The DMAE reduces sag and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. This serum also contains grapeseed that improves texture, and Gotu Kola, a healing plant that decreases inflammation and boosts collagen. Both products are lightweight and quickly absorbs into the skin.
Exfoliate and stimulate to prevent turkey neck
Weekly exfoliation promotes cell turnover and using any of my mask recipes using common kitchen ingredients can be quite effective. Gently massage the mask in a circular motion toward the heart to promote lymphatic drainage, promote circulation, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. For mask recipes, ready my recent article on home facials. Lastly, using a Derma Roller with 540 microneedles can help to promote collagen growth and a youthful look. Use the .25 length needle for 6 to 8 treatments for an effective way to restore a youthful, healthy glow.
Don't forget Sunscreen
Using a good sunscreen, every day is an important defense against a sagging chin and crepey décolleté. When covering your face, don’t forget to extend the sunscreen over the chin, down the neck, and across your upper chest. If your commute faces eastward in the morning and westward in the evening, you expose your neck and chest to direct sunlight, with harmful UVA rays strong enough to penetrate the glass of a windshield. According to Daniela Soave, in the September 2016 issue of High 50 Beauty, “A study revealed that in older skin that had not been exposed to the sun had about 3800 genetic mutations whereas skin that had been exposed had around 10,000 mutations in the same genes meaning the aging process had happened more quickly.”
Fight against Tech Neck!
Your sleep position can also result in deep lines and wrinkles on the decollete. This is common for those who sleep on their sides, compressing the skin between breasts. Finally, if you are addicted to checking your phone on a regular basis, constantly looking down to keep up with your social media feeds, you are at a high level of risk for a new phenomenon called, Tech-Neck. It produces the same sagging skin and crepey look but is caused from constantly looking downward and over exposure to low level radio waves emitting from your phone.
Caring for the skin on the neck and décolleté is vital to looking young and vibrant. If you have not already included these areas in your daily skincare regimen, you need to start today. I’m always available for a one to one consultation on this or any skincare topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. I look forward to chatting with you soon!
There is nothing more satisfying than an indulgent home facial. While it has all the steps of a typical cleansing regimen, it goes one step further by adding an exfoliation step or mask. Done correctly, a home facial will rejuvenate and tighten skin plus restore a healthy glow to stressed and sun damaged skin. NOSI Skincare has all products you need or, you can make some of the products at home using the recipes included here. The most important thing to remember is that a home facial should be both skincare and a relaxing, spa-like experience.
Step 1--Properly Cleanse
Start by properly cleaning your face and neck. Use a cleanser that is formulated specifically for your skin type or use a gentle cleanser that can be used for all skin types, like the NOSI Skincare Mandarin Acai Cleansing Creme. I recommend using warm water, never hot water because it can dehydrate skin. Using a small amount of cleanser on the fingertips of both hands start working it across the skin in a circular motion. Start at the forehead and work down to the base of the neck. Follow that with a soft wash cloth, again in a circular pattern to ensure all make up and sunscreen is removed. Finish by rinsing well, first with warm water and then again with cool water. Pat the face thoroughly dry.
Step 2--Exfoliate or. . .
Now it’s time for an exfoliation or a mask. An exfoliation is designed to gently scrub the face, providing an extra deep cleaning. You can buy an exfoliating product or you can make your own exfoliator by mixing baking soda into your cleanser and repeat the cleansing process. Another option is to use a loofah sponge to exfoliate the skin. A loofah’s textured surface is ideal for working dead skin off the skin and extracting blackheads.
No indulgent home facial is complete with a mask to draw impurities out of the skin, clear up blemishes, tighten, and tone the skin. A mask can also hydrate, nourish, calm and rejuvenate the skin. There are several masks on the market and while many are good, you can actually make an effective mask out of ingredients found in your home kitchen! A great mask can be made with oatmeal. It’s great to repair damage from overexposure to the sun. Mix oatmeal with warm water, chamomile tea or warm milk. Lactic acid in the milk helps reduce pigmentation and hydrates the skin. Make a paste and apply it to the face using the tips of your fingers. Leave on for 20 minutes.
For a super hydration mask, use Manuka Honey K Factor 16. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush and can be found in health food and natural food stores, as well as online. Apply honey to face, leave on 20 minutes, and remove with warm cloth. Manuka honey contains anti-inflammatory properties and oxygenates the pores helping to draw out bacteria. It’s very beneficial for acne prone skin and eczema.
Once the mask is dried, remove it with a soft wash cloth. Start by soaking the wash cloth in warm water and holding it to your face for a few minutes. This will rehydrate the mask and soften it, making it easier to gently wipe it away. Thoroughly wipe any mask residue from your face before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3--Toner and Serum
Now that the face is clean and the mask is removed, use NOSI Skincare alcohol-free Mandarin Balance Toner to balance the skin PH. This toner contains natural botanicals, humectants, antioxidants, and deep thermal algae. Apply with a cotton ball or pad and allow to absorb into the skin for 2 minutes. You can also make your own toner by using lavender water and pure aloe vera gel.
After the toner dries, use a nourishing serum to target winkles and dark spots by using ingredients like alpha lipoic acid, grapeseed, and gotu kola. Nirvana Skin Care’s Seaweed Serum with DMAE is perfect for this.
Step 4--Moisturize and Protect
Wrap it up with a moisturizer to hydrate, protect, balance, and nourish the skin. For normal to oily skin, use NOSI Skincare Citrus Smoothing Moisturizer which is packed with Vitamin C and Hawthorne Berry. For normal to dry skin, try NOSI Skincare Coenzyme Q10 Cranberry Crème which includes the following ingredients to hydrate and repair cellular damage: cranberry extract, Amazonian mow-rah butter, Omegas 3 and 6 and Vitamin E. This is also the perfect time to apply specialized creams to the areas around the eyes, like and around the neck, like the NOSI Skincare Neck and Décolleté cream. Gently tap the cream on the base of neck and stroke upward toward the chin.
After applying these products, you can use the jade roller to help the products penetrate into the skin better. For more information on how to use a jade roller and it’s benefits of product adsorption, read my blog post Roll Your Way to Looking Great & Lower Inflammation.
Indulge yourself to a weekly facial by turning your bathroom into a spa-like experience. Light some aromatherapy candles, lower the lights. Put on a little mood music by selecting a “spa” station from satellite radio and then just relax and let go. It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate your skin and find your bliss. If you’d like more suggestions on mask recipes, log into NOSI Skincare.com and click on the chat button. I’m always happy to create a special recipe mask that will work best with your skin type. Chat with you soon!
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.