Dermatologists Say This Is the Best Way to Tighten and Smooth Your Neck

We're so laser-focused on the skin on our faces and how to keep it looking its smoothest and brightest that sometimes the other 90% of our largest organ takes a bit of a back seat. One of those areas, in particular, being the skin on our necks. According to Helen Flamenbaum, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New Hyde Park, New York, this area ages at a more rapid pace.

"The skin on your neck is a little bit thinner than your face, and the muscle and skin tissue [are] weaker," Flamenbaum explains. "I'm sure you have heard or read sources stating that your face is the first receiver of sun damage and other issues relating to damage from environmental elements, but this is not necessarily true. The fact that your neck and face are in very close proximity makes these elements affect your face and neck pretty much simultaneously." She also confirms our own shortcomings of focusing more attention on our faces via sunscreen, cleansing, and treatments, meaning the neck ages even faster than it would had we taken proper care. This translates to wrinkles, creasing, sun spots, and loose skin. So to help our necks be more of an extension of the youthful skin we strive for on our faces, we turned to Flamenbaum and a few other top dermatologists for their thoughts.