The Anti-Aging Mistake You're Definitely Making

The Anti-Aging Mistake You're Definitely Making
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You might not think much about your neck, but it turns out that stopping your anti-aging routine at your jawline is one of the biggest skincare mistakes you can make. Fresh, radiant, young-looking skin shouldn’t stop at your chin! So how do you take care of the area south of your jaw?

The skin on your throat and décolletage is thinner than your face—and has far less oil glands—which means it requires richer products to stay youthful. Plus, it’s exposed to things like UV damage as consistently as your face, but often without daily SPF. The solution? Apply your richer, damage-repairing skincare products to your neck and chest regularly, or pick up a cream specially formulated for the area (the easier option!). Nine ways to try the latter, in our slideshow.

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    Dr. Brandt’s best-selling Time Arrest V-Zone Neck Cream ($60) has a unique cocktail of amino and alpha hydroxy acids to firm and lift, while shea butter hydrates.

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    The herbal ingredients—fermented soy, green tea, Chinese chestnuts—in Wei East’s Chestnut Neck & Decolletage Restore Cream ($31) help improve elasticity and tone.

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    Alongside a list of firming and smoothing ingredients, Murad’s Rejuventaing Lift for Neck and Decollete ($55) also brightens skin and improves the overall tone of your neck and chest.

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    Deeply hydrate, help even skin tone and texture, and protect from UV damage with Avon’s Skin So Soft Firm and Restore Age-Defying Corrective Neck & Chest Cream SPF 15 ($12).

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    BareMinerals’ Naturally Luminous Extra Firming Neck Cream ($38) has a unique blend of oils and extracts to brighten and hydrate skin.

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    If it’s firming results you’re after, try Erno Laszlo Firming Neck Cream ($65). The mix of plant and ocean extracts lifts skin, while vitamins nourish and humectants lock in moisture.

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    If you want to target your jawline and neck—and don’t mind splurging on a formula—try La Prairie’s Anti-Aging Neck Cream ($225). A unique peptide-rich complex helps to firm and tighten the skin around the jaw and neck.

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    Looking for instant results? Strivectin-TL’s Tightening Neck Cream ($89) works in two ways: like their anti-cellulite cream, it tightens skin immediately, plus it delivers a lifted effect over time with a hefty dose of niacin.

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    The skincare regime that editors can’t stop talking about also has a neck cream. Like the rest of the line, Somme Institute’s Neckline Neck Cream ($68) is rich in their vitamin complex to smooth skin and repair sun damage.

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    Erno Laszlo Firming Neck Cream ($65)

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    La Prairie Anti-Aging Neck Cream ($225)

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    Strivectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream ($89)

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    Somme Institute Neckline Neck Cream ($68)

EXPLORE: Neck Cream, Neck Creams, Skin, Avon, areMinerals, Dr. Brandt, Erno Laszlo, La Prairie, Wei East, Murad, Strivectin-TL, Somme Institute, Anne Hathaway
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