I’m in my mid-fifties these days, so even though I wouldn’t call myself “old,” I surely qualify as “aging!” (The only people who call me old are my kids, but it’s just because they like pushing my buttons. ;-) Kids!) So far, there have been a lot more positive aspects of getting older than I thought there would be back when I was younger. For instance, I’m more self-assured and much better at “rolling with the punches” than I used to be! I also like to think I’m at least a little bit wiser these days. :-)
But on the other hand, aging is not all sunshine and daisies. The part I dislike most about aging is how my skin has changed. My skin is much less firm than it used to be, to the point that it looks saggy and wrinkled in certain areas. But no area makes me feel more self-conscious than my neck! It nearly got to the point where I felt like a facelift was really my only option for fixing it.
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But then I took a step back, and realized that I’m probably far from the only one who feels self-conscious about having a saggy neck. So I thought I’d help all of us out by putting together a list of tips to help cope with saggy neck skin! These simple tips are sure to help keep your neck muscles strong and your skin tight and wrinkle-free. :-)
7 Quick And Easy Ways To Cope With Saggy Neck Skin
1. Improve Your Posture
Bad posture can be a big contributor to sagging and wrinkled 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. The device will buzz 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 sagging 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.
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. Try incorporating a moisturizer with SPF into your morning beauty routine. That way, you’ll have a much harder time forgetting to put on your sunscreen before going out!
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.
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 neck exercise you can do is to try and make 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.
6. Use Antioxidant-Rich Creams
Antioxidants help stimulate collagen production and fight damage from free radicals, which makes them a great tool for fighting wrinkles and sagging. Use an cream with antioxidants on your neck to take advantage of these benefits! Here are a few that I have tried and liked in the past few years:
- Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum ($15)
- Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Serum ($34)
- annmarie Anti-Aging Facial Oil ($
54.95Only $43.96 when you save 20% with code JILLSFAVES)
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 is three shades deeper than your foundation just below your jawline, then blend it in with a small brush.