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The best neck cream according to a dermatologist


ANDs Nora Efron once said: “Our faces are lies and our necks are true.” As we get older, our necks are one of the first places to show signs of aging, exacerbated by the fact that many of us stop applying skin care products to our chin. But as any dermatologist or beautician will tell you, your “face” actually extends from your hairline to your nipples, which means your neck deserves the same care as the skin above it. And if you’re looking to invest in one product that will make your neck smooth, Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist from New York, recommends SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream ($ 135).

Like the skin around the eyes, the skin on the neck is much thinner than anywhere else, which is why the signs of aging start to show up there so quickly. Plus, according to research by SkinMedica, neck wrinkles are five times deeper than facial wrinkles. While your usual collagen stimulating ingredients like retinol and peptides can help strengthen the area, Dr. Gohara suggests pairing them with this cream to Indeed see effective results.

SkinMedica Neck Correction Cream, $ 135

In store: SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream, $ 135.

The formula contains not only its own peptides, but also what Dr. Gohara calls “a truly unique ingredient” – a paracress extract that relaxes the platysmal bandages around the neck. These stripes are vertical lines that appear when you grimace and strain your neck. “The collagen and elastin in your neck remain plump, but over time, as collagen and elastin regress, the platysmal streak becomes more evident,” she says.

Think of your “young” neck as a cookie dough sheet with a cookie cutter pressed into it. “When you remove excess material from the outside of the cookie cutter, you can more clearly see the outline of the shape you are trying to create,” says Dr. Gohara. “The same thing happens when you remove the extracellular matrix from the neck.” When you have less collagen and elastin around your platysmal bands (which is inevitable as you get older and your body’s natural production of these substances begins to slow down), they become more visible, which can make your neck look older.

“Paracress extract helps to relax muscles, making them less visible, and this is the newest thing about this product,” says Dr. Gohara. “The peptides and antioxidants in the formula are great, but in fact, its ability to relax these muscles makes it so unique because that’s what makes your neck age.”

So while you should still apply your regular anti-aging products (especially retinol and peptides) to the skin under your chin, according to Dr. Gohar, “using such a product in tandem will help even more.”

To see what products Dr. Gohara uses in his daily life, watch the video below.

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