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While it may be your complexion that gets all the skincare attention, it’s important to remember that your neck deserves some TLC, too. The skin on your neck is just as susceptible to all kinds of signs of aging—wrinkles, sagging, spots, dryness—as the skin on your face. If it’s not properly protected and treated, all of these imperfections can quickly start to show up, and no matter how well you take care of your complexion and how youthful your face may look, your neck can make you look older than you really are. And trust us, no one wants that.
As far as treatment products go, you can, in theory, use any of the skincare products you’re using on your face—serums, moisturizers, exfoliators—on your neck. Still, opting for a dedicated neck cream is a good idea, not only because it’s specially formulated for this area (where the skin is thinner and more delicate, FYI), but also because it’s a good way to remind yourself to actually give your neck the time and attention it deserves.
Ahead, the best neck creams that will get the job done.
Best Overall: StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
This best-seller recently got an upgrade, thanks to the addition of a unique Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex, which not only improves the elasticity of the skin on the neck but also lifts and helps minimize the look of horizontal fine lines. But it doesn’t stop there: The brand’s patented niacinamide-based NIA-114 technology helps to strengthen the skin barrier, and the cream also contains a brightening complex to minimize dark spots and even out the skin's tone. Basically, it’s everything you could ever want and need to address all of your neck issues in one convenient jar.
Best for Wrinkles: Prai Ageless Throat & Décolletage Cream
If pesky, horizontal lines across your neck are starting to stress you out, we get it (Tech neck is a real thing and people are totally getting Botox in their necks.) This daily cream, the brand’s number one best-seller, contains a proprietary Sepilift technology to boost collagen and restore elasticity, plus plumping hyaluronic acid. And perhaps best of all? You’ll start to see some results in as little as seven days, a major win for those of us who are seriously impatient.
Best Hydrating: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream
Universal skincare rule: Hydrated skin always looks healthier and more youthful. So load up on this formula, which touts hyaluronic acid to instantly attract moisture to the skin, plus ceramides to help strengthen the skin barrier and keep moisture from escaping. There are also collagen and elastin in the mix, further helping to keep your neck firm and smooth.
Best Firming: Bare Minerals Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Neck Cream
As a great all-around youth-booster, this particular neck cream is choice. Edelweiss extract improves skin’s elasticity—subsequently making for a firmer, tighter neck contour—and it also uses peptides to knock out wrinkles. And, of course, it’s filled with plenty of hydrating ingredients to give the skin on your neck a much-needed dose of hydration, too.
Best for Toning: Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More Neck Sculpting Cream
Using a neck cream could already be considered pretty extra (in a good way), but if you really want to go the extra mile, use this one, which comes with an included gua sha stone. In and of itself, the cream is packed with ingredients that help improve skin firmness and combat puffiness —caffeine, guarana extract, spirulina—plus pea extract to instantly tighten skin. But massage the cream in with the gua sha tool and you’ve just further upped all of those toning effects.
Best Multitasker: Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Neck and Décolleté Cream
When talking about the skin below your chin it’s important to think even beyond your neck, and consider your chest, too. After all, no one wants a wrinkled, mottled, sagging décolleté, and because this an area that’s often exposed (yet forgotten when it comes to sunscreen), these can all become very real issues. This particular multi-tasker boasts a powerful antioxidant blend to ward off skin-damaging free radicals, plus a collagen-boosting retinoid and tightening polymers.
Best With SPF: Perricone Cold Plasma Plus+ Neck & Chest SPF 25
It should come as no surprise that your daily sunscreen regimen isn’t just for your face. (As we said, the neck and chest are often forgotten when it comes to sun protection.) You could definitely go ahead and use whatever ‘screen you’re using on your neck, but we say go ahead and pick up this cream instead. Not only are you getting the necessary dose of SPF, but it also contains powerful antioxidants and plant extracts to address everything from fine lines to firmness to an uneven tone. Prevention and treatment in one step? We’re very into that.
Best Mask: Frownies Neck Treatment Mask
Oh yes, there are indeed special masks made just for your neck out there. Of all the options we’ve come across, this one takes the cake, a favorite of Byrdie Senior Editor Hallie Gould. One use plumps up and hydrates skin, but it’s after about four consecutive uses (the mask is reusable) that you’ll really start to see an improvement. We’re talking tighter skin and less noticeable wrinkles…yes, please.
Best Splurge: Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Neck & Décolleté Cream
Yes, this high-end cream comes with a steep price tag, but here’s why it’s worth it. First and foremost, it uses orchid extract, an ingredient found to be so active and effective that the brand opened a research center to study it exclusively. More specifically, that ingredient (and the other actives in the formula) create a lightweight, breathable film on the skin that works to lift, smooth, and restore firmness to the neck and chest. Secondly, using it feels utterly indulgent and luxurious, thanks to everything from the smell and the texture, making for a true spa moment at home. And that’s only magnified when you apply the cream following the brand’s suggested four-step, massage-like protocol.
Best Natural: Elina Organics Cleopatra Neck Cream
There are no questionable chemicals or synthetic fragrances to be found in this cream, which instead uses a litany of natural and organic ingredients. Hyaluronic acid hydrates, while mandelic acid gently exfoliates, choice for helping to combat an uneven skin tone or any dark spots. Silk peptides, reishi mushroom extract, and blue-green algae are among some of the other standouts in the mix, working to effectively firm and brighten the delicate skin around your neck.
Best Serum: Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion
For those who don’t love heavy creams, this lightweight treatment is choice. But despite the featherweight and silky texture, it still packs a powerful wrinkle-fighting punch. Credit two different acids—lactic to support cell turnover, and ferulic, a powerful antioxidant that offers an added layer of protection from free radicals caused by exposure to the sun.
Per the name, it also contains retinol, the gold standard collagen-boosting, wrinkle-fighting ingredient, along with a proprietary ECG Complex that plumps and firms skin, while also minimizing the look of any unwanted dark spots. Use it twice daily, massaging a few pumps from the base of your neck, moving upwards towards your chin.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any neck creams from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at email@example.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.