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7 Simple And Effective Solutions For Sagging Neck Skin

7 simple tips for coping with saggy neck skin.

At the milestone age of 60, I don’t know that I would call myself old, but I certainly qualify as “aging!” (Our kids like to poke fun at how “old” Dave and I are, but they’ve been doing that for well over a decade at this point—kids!)

Overall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how, well, pleasant the experience of getting older has been. Certainly more positive than I thought it would be when I was younger! I’m more self-assured and adaptable than I used to be, and I like to think I’m at least a little bit wiser too! :-)

But aging isn’t all sunshine and daisies, and one aspect of aging that I’ve struggled with is how much my skin has changed. My skin isn’t nearly as firm as it used to be, and nowhere is that more obvious than my neck. I’ve had periods where I’ve felt so self-conscious about it that I wondered whether a serious procedure would be worth looking into.

But once I took a step back and looked at the bigger picture, I realized that I’m likely not alone in feeling self-conscious about this particular issue. I ultimately decided my energy would be better spent researching tips that can help, and I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned with you today!

These simple tips and tricks will help you keep your neck muscles strong and your skin firm and wrinkle-free. :-)

7 Easy Remedies And Tips For Saggy Neck Skin

Cope With Saggy Neck Skin

1. Improve Your Posture

Bad posture can be a big contributor to wrinkled and saggy neck skin. When you’re sitting, make sure to sit with your back straight to keep your neck nice and elongated.

If you find it difficult to keep good posture, try a posture corrector. You can find simple harness-style posture correctors online that pull your shoulders back into a better posture. Another option is a device like this one that you attach to your back, which buzzes to let you know when you should be sitting up straighter.

You can also improve your sleeping posture to help keep your neck skin firm. Sleep with your neck long and and stretched out, preferably on your back.

2. Avoid Excess Sun Exposure

Exposure to harsh sunlight can play a major role in saggy neck skin. Limiting your exposure to sunlight will help reduce wrinkles not only on your neck, but all over your body. You can still be out in the sun, but just be sure to sit in a shady spot if you’re staying out for a while.

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3. Use Sunscreen

This one goes hand-in-hand with the tip above. Sun exposure is sure to aggravate wrinkles and saggy neck, so it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen anytime you’re going outside.

While applying a standalone mineral sunscreen will give you the most effective protection against damaging UV rays, any amount of sun protection is better than none at all! If you tend to be forgetful about applying sunscreen, incorporating a moisturizer with SPF into your morning beauty routine can help ensure your skin is at least somewhat protected.

4. Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise can help you reduce wrinkles and sags not only on your neck, but all over your body too! Excess fat stores can often make sagging and wrinkling worse, so exercise is key for keeping excess fat in check.

Cope With Saggy Neck Skin

5. Exercise Your Neck

Do these simple neck exercise regularly to help keep your neck muscles tight and reduce sagging! Start by tilting your head back until your chin is pointing up at the ceiling. Jut your chin out so your lower lip goes over your upper lip, until you feel a stretch under your chin.

Hold this position for a few seconds, then return your lip and jaw to their normal position. Repeat this set of chin movements 20 times for a full set.

Another helpful neck exercise you can do is draw circles with your tongue while your mouth is closed. Do 5 circles moving clockwise, then 5 circles moving counterclockwise. Repeat this series 20 times for a full set.

Finally, here’s an easy exercise you can do anywhere! With your mouth closed, press the tip of your tongue against the top of your mouth. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat 20 times for a full set.

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6. Use A Wrinkle Reducing Serum

Serums with retinoids and antioxidants boost cell turnover, which can help improve the appearance of wrinkles. Using such a serum at night gives it ample time to renew your skin and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

I use my Wrinkle Reducing Night Serum regularly because it’s effective without irritating my sensitive skin. If you’re looking for a complete system for caring for skin on your face and neck, check out the complete Timeless by Jillee system. The 6 products address the most common age-related skin concerns, and I love the way it makes my skin look and feel.

Cope With Saggy Neck Skin

7. Strike A Pose

We all want to look our best in photos, but saggy neck skin can make that difficult! Try this simple trick from facial exercise trainer Cynthia Rowland to eliminate the double-chin effect. Just point your chin down, then stick your neck out like a turtle. It feels a bit strange, but this pose ends up being very flattering in photos!

You can also use makeup contouring to reduce the double-chin effect. Adding a dark contour under your jawline can make your jawline look stronger and more defined in person and in photos. Just apply a brown eyeshadow or bronzer that’s about three shades deeper than your foundation just below your jawline, then blend it in with a small brush.

Do you have a favorite tip or product for aging skin?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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