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You’ve probably read and seen this statement often enough: “You can tell a person’s age by looking at their neck”, yet the neck is still often neglected in many skincare routines. It’s definitely time for you to start bringing the moisturizer you apply on your face daily down to your neck. But whether or not you’ve chosen to ignore this unsolicited bit of advice, you can still develop deep-set horizontal creases that don’t seem to have any connection to how you’re applying your skincare products—or your actual age.

So, what’s the deal with stubborn neck lines? They’re actually caused by a combination of natural aging and the daily activities we engage in. The lines found on your neck are caused by the same factors that cause wrinkles on other areas of your face, such as weakening of the skin foundation, along with constriction of muscles under the skin, lead to skin folding and wrinkles that overtime will stick around even at rest.

The time you spend scrolling through your Instagram feed on your iPhone, or looking down at your laptop isn’t helping, either. The more we engage in activities that lead to the folding of the skin, the earlier lines and wrinkles will start to set in. The increased use of mobile devices has led to a phenomenon known as tech neck – bending our heads down and folding the skin on the neck more than ever.

Having more lines than other people doesn’t mean that you’re spending more time on your phone than they do though. Other factors that influence how your neck ages include sun damage, smoking, and skin tone. If the skin is damaged, collagen and elastin are not functioning optimally and the skin cannot resist wrinkling or bounce back from folding the way that it should. People with lighter skin tend be more susceptible to environmental aging and develop wrinkles at an earlier age than those with darker skin types.

To treat existing lines at home, it’s important to use anti-aging products on your neck in addition to your face. The skin on the neck is amongst the thinnest, making it more susceptible to environmental damage. The Elixir Resilience Neck Cream contains nourishing elements such as Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid work to revive tired cells, sustains tones and moisturizes skin leaving skin feeling fresh, resilient, smooth and more youthful.

Lasers can be used to stimulate collagen and strengthen the skin foundation. Botox is another option, although not a permanent fix. The injection can help relax the muscles under the skin to prevent lines from forming. When the effect of Botox wears off, the neck muscles will start to constrict again and re-fold the skin. The effect of Botox typically lasts between three and five months.

To avoid neck lines, in addition to elevating your tech devices so you aren’t constantly bending your neck, using the appropriate skincare products in your routine that will help prevent them.