A regular skincare routine is essential for healthy skin as we age, but many people think this is reserved for just the face. However, the beauty and skin care expert henal somji points out that the neck is a key area that is often neglected.
Henal is a self-proclaimed “skincare enthusiast”, lifestyle blogger and co-founder of the clinic specializing in aesthetic treatments. Dr Medi Spa. “The neck is a vital part of the skincare routine that many people forget about,” he told Express.co.uk. “I often see women with a flawless face but a wrinkled neck.”
While including the neck in your skincare routine is one way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, identifying the cause may help prevent new ones from developing. And your phone could be to blame.
A 2018 study by Ofcom found that people in the UK check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the day they are awake.
Two in five adults look at their phone for the first time within five minutes of waking up, rising to 65 percent of those under 35. As the many uses of our phones increase, the nation is likely to spend more and more time looking down.
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“Being on the phone constantly is one of the reasons why the skin on the neck is loose,” revealed Henal. “It’s often referred to as the ‘tech neck,’ so it’s important to consider your posture when using a mobile phone.”
Tech neck is a new name for an old problem that can not only affect the appearance of your neck, but can also lead to painful strains and other health issues.
Spending too much time craning your neck to look at screens can lead to repetitive strain and injury to the muscles and other tissue structures of the cervical spine.
Cosmetically, the neck lines start to deepen along the creases of your neck and get worse the more time you spend looking down.
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Reassessing the way you use your phone can certainly help prevent new lines from appearing. Reposition your phone to eye level to make sure you’re not constantly looking down to avoid forming these lines on your neck.
Certain stretches and yoga positions, including upward facing dog, can help extend the neck in the opposite direction and improve sagging.
However, a “religious” skincare routine is essential for smooth, supple skin. Henal explained, “My number one tip would be to religiously use Retinol at night and SPF during the day. This is a game changer. Give it a try and thank me later.”
She added, “I love my skincare regimen and realize it’s the way to go to keep my skin looking youthful.”
Retinol increases the production of skin cells, known as proliferation, which can unclog pores. Retinol also exfoliates the skin and increases collagen production, which ultimately reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to give skin a fresh, smooth appearance.
And while you might think that SPF is only reserved for the summer months, dermatologists say that people should wear sunscreen every day to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
“SPF is essential for daily skin care. Yes, no matter the season, sun exposure levels, or weather, our skin needs sun protection,” Henal said.
“In reality, prolonged sun exposure without essential UVB and UVA protection can have a cumulative effect that has been shown to lead to fine lines, sagging skin and pigmentation as we age.
However, while being “tight” with your skincare routine is essential for long-term health and a radiant appearance, Henal suggests re-evaluating the products you use frequently.
She explained: “It’s worth making sure you get checked regularly, as your skin’s needs can change depending on the time of year and even the time of month.”