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OK, OK—we know: The anti-aging thing is getting a bit crazy. Just when you wrapped your head around the facts of retinol, like what it is, how to use it, and why it’s going to be your BFF for the rest of your life until you die (no, seriously, it is), you’re smacked with news of anti-aging blush, anti-aging oils, and now, anti-aging neck products. Does every single part of your body really need a targeted anti-aging treatment? Is this all a marketing scam? Am I supposed to use these? The answer to all of these is, surprisingly, no.
No, you don’t need to use any anti-aging products on any part of your body if you don’t want to. We’re all about aging gracefully and naturally, and if you’re cool with your fine lines and wrinkles, then we are, too. But if you want to try to slather yourself in gravity-fighting ingredients, then we’ve got your back (and front and face and neck…). Because anti-aging neck creams are, in fact, a thing, and they’re not a scam—at least, not totally.
“For the multitaskers out there, an additional neck cream may not be necessary,” says Yale dermatologist and all-around skin guru Mona Gohara. “If you’re already using retinol or anti-aging cream on your face, just spread the wealth and smooth it over your neck, too.” However, if you’re already bad at keeping a consistent anti-aging routine for your face, or you just forget that you have a neck sometimes, Gohara does recommend a separate neck cream to “serve as a friendly reminder that your neck is there and needs love, too.”
So with that in mind, we rounded up the absolute best cult-favorite neck creams that truly work. Massage them in from your clavicle to your jawline, and, in just 50 short years, you’ll notice you look way younger than every other member of your nursing home. Congrats!
Prai AGELESS Throat & Decolletage Neck Creme
The animal-friendly brand’s top-selling product is made with a proprietary technology called Sepilift that’s proven to give you visible results in as little as one week.
$30 at Prai Beauty
La Mer The Neck and Decollete Concentrate
Say adios to “tech neck” with this lime tea-infused cream that smells intoxicating and gives your neck the moisture it needs to ward off premature lines.
$295 at Nordstrom
Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream
Green tea and lemon thyme extracts are included in this firming formula–yum.
$90 at Sephora
Clarins Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel
This gel formula is for getting a little lift in the cleavage area; no surgeon required.
$65 at Nordstrom
Dr. Jart+ Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift
The volufiline dots inside this sheet mask help to lift sagging skin.
$9.50 at Selfridges & Co.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Neck & Décolleté Balm
Take a dip into this algae-infused balm to smooth the delicate skin on the neck.
$78.50 at Ulta
Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream
Black tea helps bring elasticity back to sagging skin.
$95 at Sephora
L’Oréal RevitaLift Neck Cream
This retinol cream can be applied to the face and neck for firmer-looking skin.
$17.99 at Ulta
Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Neck & Décolleté Treatment
This plant-derived, clinically-tested formula is proven to even out skin tone and correct UV damage.
$64 at Sephora
Perricone MD Anti-Aging Neck Treatment
Glycolic acid makes the skin smoother while amino acids work on delaying the appearance of fine lines.
$135 at Sephora
StriVectin Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
The brand’s Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex works to lift the neck skin over time, while also improving elasticity.
$139 at Ulta
tarte Maracuja Neck Treatment
Vegan and hypoallergenic, this lightly-scented cream is infused with sodium hyaluronate and algae extracts to both hydrate and accelerate cell regeneration for longer elasticity.
$44 at Sephora
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