Author Nora Ephron wrote the following in her book of essays “I Feel Bad About My Neck”, she was referring to the wrinkles on her neck.
You can put makeup on your face and concealer under your eyes and dye on your hair, you can shoot collagen and Botox and Restylane into your wrinkles and creases, but short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about a neck. The neck is a dead giveaway. Our faces are lies and our necks are truth.
There have been some technological advancements in skincare since Ephron wrote the above in 2006 such as micro-needling. But we’re also not doing much to help our necks thanks to our cell phones.
Use of cell phones and electronics has given us more neck wrinkles than generations previous, thanks to looking down at our screens for hours a week. Called tech neck, looking down at screens wrinkles the neck. Do this for years and those wrinkles become permanent.
Our necks are different from the rest of our bodies. It has no bony support and even the skin is different. The skin from our jawline down is said to have as much as 30 percent fewer sebaceous glands. This means the lipidic layer is thinner. This results in our neck skin tending to age faster.
Good posture is key to prevent tech neck wrinkles. Adjust your computer so it is eye level. Hold your cell phone at eye level rather than looking down. Think of all the people you see while driving. They’re often glued to their cell phones and looking down. Not only is this bad for the neck muscles and spine (your head is heavy, like a bowling ball. It isn’t meant to be held at an off-angle) but it will, over time, mean horizontal lines.
Lastly, treat your neck the way you treat the skin on your face. Gentle exfoliation followed by a good moisturizer (and sunscreen!) is key.
As Ephron wrote: “You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t if it had a neck.”