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5 Common Mistakes That Make Your Neck Look Older

Submitted by drgailhumble on August 2, 2016

When it comes to our anti-aging strategies, most of us take care to protect our faces – but many of us neglect our necks. The result? A refreshed face coupled with a sagging neck. If the neck bands and otherwise shows signs of aging, it can betray the most heroic attempt to combat the effects of time. Worse, the contrast between a well-maintained face and a ignored neck can actually accentuate age. So how can you keep your neck as firm and supple as possible? You can start by avoiding 5 common neck-aging mistakes: Mistake #1: You do not moisturize the neck area. When you moisturize the face, do you routinely include the neck? Most of us spend time and money investing in the right cream for the face; unfortunately, the common practice is to hydrate from the forehead to the chin–and not an inch more. Many products are marketed for the face, but not the neck, further pushing the neck to the back of our minds. Take the extra second to lather your neck with a replenishing lotion or even think about using retinoids. Mistake #2: You do not exfoliate or properly cleanse your neck. If you are using a harsh cleanser on your neck, you may be contributing to more fragile skin. Exfoliating the neck area regularly can stimulate the skin and slough off dead skin cells. Mistake #3: You do not protect the neck against the sun’s harmful rays. Hat? Check. Sunscreen on the face? Check. Exposed neck? Check. If you are not applying sunscreen daily to your neck, you are leaving the skin vulnerable to UV radiation. Another tip? Wear a scarf in the in winter. Cold weather can deplete the skin. Mistake #4: You do not drink enough water or eat nutrient-rich food. Healthy skin begins with proper nutrition. A diet rich in omega-3 acids can help support skin health skin and function. Minimize foods and drinks that dehydrate the body, such as alcohol. Mistake #4: You smoke. Smoking is enemy-number-one to beautiful skin. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, impairing blood flow. This deprives the skin of necessary nutrients and oxygen. TermiTight – Non-Surgical Neck Lift Dr. Humble’s favorite technology allows her to tighten the neck area without surgery. She inserts a thin electrode through a tiny incision. She then uses radiofrequency to generate controlled heat in deeper skin layers, resulting in new collagen buildup over the next 3 months. Read more about this great alternative to neck lift surgery. PRP Injections to Rejuvenate the Neck Area Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a unique non-surgical method to promote collagen-building regenerate the skin. During the procedure, platelet-rich plasma–derived from your own blood–is injected into your neck area. PRP can volumize and improve skin tone, without the side effects of surgery or some other treatments. If you would like to improve the appearance of your neck, contact Dr. Gail Humble at her San Francisco office for a full consultation.

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