Turkey Neck (Part 1): How To Avoid a Life of Turtlenecks

chic hiding her neck with a turtleneck

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Mama wearing those turtlenecks in the summertime? Rockin’ those scarves and chunky necklaces, all Murphy Brown’d out just to hide your aging neck?

Whether you’re just noticing a bit of the turkey neck or it’s been bothering you for quite some time (OR even if it hasn’t happened to you yet) there are ways an aging neck.

I say ‘delay’ because Honey’s, you are going to age, there’s no way around it. But me? I intend to hold it off for as long as humanly possible!

The first step is to get into the habit of using sunscreen on your face, neck and chest.

Sunscreen <emphatically>

Do I really need to remind you how damaging UV Rays are to your skin? I mean, besides the risk of death from melanoma, they cause wrinkles, sagging, age spots, just general aging in the skin and causes turkey neck!

UV rays produce free radicals that first, attack our happy skin defender, melanin. When this happens too much melanin is produced by our body to fight the breach leading to too much melanin which is the cause of hyperpigmentation and age spots on our skin.

Once they’ve gotten past the melanin – and they always do – free radicals destroy things like collagen and elastin that keep our skin firm and tight. UV rays are the enemy of our skin so for goodness sakes PROTECT IT!

Sunscreens I LOVE

I use several sunscreens depending on my plans for the day. If I’m just chilling at home, I use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF70 because the consistency is closer to water than cream and really feels like you have nothing on.  Love, love, LOVE.

My second line of defense is the Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF50. I am a true believer in this stuff because it’s actually a mineral physical blocker that acts as a shield against your skin without being thick.

exuviance sheer daily protector thin consistency

Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector has a sheer, thin consistency.

Super light stuff.

Stop Smoking

twin comparison on the effects of smoking

Which gal do ya think smokes?

Not to be preachy but on top of the nasty smell, yellow fingernails, black lung, and yellow teeth, smoking also accelerates the aging of your skin. And I don’t just mean lip lines that can easily be treated with dermal fillers.

teeny heartNo judgment here, guys! If someone told me that tequila aged me just as fast, my ass would hire a therapist to help me deal with the aging.

Neck Wrinkle Pad (avoid the tech neck!)

Collette Neck Wrinkle Pad by SilcSkinOut of all of the tips I give you today,  neck wrinkle pads will make the greatest visible difference to how your neck looks today.

We bend our neck every day doing normal activities. When we sleep, look at our screens and watch TV we teach our neck skin to crease.

A well-placed neck wrinkle pad can stop a neck from creasing and you WILL notice an immediate difference in your neck. Wear it for a day. Trust me.


You may also be interested in Turkey Neck (Part 2): Minimally Invasive Treatments For Neck Lines


Our skin takes in a lot of pollution during the day. That, and the accumulation of dead skin cells, can block the entry of our skin care products (that we spend a fortune on!) we diligently apply to slow down the aging process.

It’s important to exfoliate.I exfoliate my neck only every couple of weeks since the skin is so sensitive there. One exfoliant that I love is the Arcona Cranberry Gommage Exfoliate for a lot of reasons. It’s not as abrasive as some and is gentler on your skin.

Arcona Cranberry Gommage

This is because it’s actually the cranberry and raspberry enzymes that unclog the pores and no harsh granules. Also, the volcanic minerals and salicylic acid purify your skin making it ready for whatever product you choose to apply.

Smells yummy too!

But if you know that your skin is sensitive to active enzymes and acids you can simply add a pinch of the Dermologica Daily Microfoliant to your daily cleanser once a week and be done with it.

Dermologica Daily Microfoliant


You can also be cognizant of the moisturizers you use. First off you need to keep your skin hydrated in order to keep it healthy and vibrant, but if you pay attention to the ingredients you can stave off the symptoms of a turkey neck.

revision skincare nectifirm

A staple in my evening regimen is the Revision Skincare Nectifirm.  It’s creamy and a little goes a long way. It has good stuff like peptides, vitamin C, and ceramide 2. I was turned on to it at my plastic surgeon I went in to talk to him about a neck lift.

It blurs the look of fine lines, crepey rough skin and creases after you put it on. It takes about 7 weeks to see a difference but according to Revision Skiincare there is a study and 99% of the participants experienced a change in the look of their neck after using ingredients contained in Nectifirm.

Right now I’m loving the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D.

We don’t have oil glands in our neck which accelerates the aging process. By keeping it moisturized you can help keep it supple. Like skin food.

I love Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D because it has DMAE, which functions as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, neuropeptides to help speed up the renewal process of fresh new skin, and DHA which is a fatty acid that aids in skin hydration.

I use it before my night cream. I love this stuff!

Hope this is helpful!

But, if you’re interested in a more meaningful treatment check out Turkey Necks (Part 2): Botox for Turkeyneck.

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