Here’s everything you need to know about preventing neck lines and wrinkles, according to a dermatologist.

By Madison Alcedo
Updated September 23, 2019
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If you’ve ventured into using anti-aging products for your face, you might have forgotten one important detail: taking care of your neck. Even though we would rather not admit it, our necks are one of the first places to show signs of aging, which means adding products into your daily skincare routine—specifically for your neck—are super important.

But before diving into which anti-aging products for your neck you should start implementing into your normal skincare, we spoke with Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and expert in cosmetic, surgical, and medical dermatology to help answer some of the most common questions when it comes to using anti-aging products.

What causes neck wrinkles, and how can I prevent them?

“Since the skin on your neck is thinner than the skin on your face and has few oil-producing glands (called sebaceous glands), the skin is more sensitive and more prone to showing the signs of aging,” she says.

“Any good skincare routine includes products to correct and products to protect. I love products that have both corrective and protective properties. The neck can develop brown and red spots, as well as fine lines and wrinkles, so I always treat my neck with a corrective serum to stimulate collagen and prevent wrinkles and then use a sunscreen to prevent brown spots and dyspigmentation.”

But why do I need specific anti-aging products for my neck—can’t I use products I already have?

“Over time, the neck can develop brown spots, irregular pigmentation, broken capillaries and sagginess,” Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip says. “Since the neck skin has fewer sebaceous glands it can also suffer from excessive dryness and irritation. In order to keep the skin on your neck healthy, you do want skincare products that will focus on hydration as well as products that will stimulate collagen without being overly irritating, as the neck skin can be more prone to scarring.”

What ingredients help reduce neck lines and wrinkles?

“Your best defense against discoloration is sunscreen," Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip says. “SPF is important because the neck is highly susceptible to photo-aging (aging caused by sun exposure). When you are trying to fight fine lines and wrinkles on the neck, look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which draws water to the skin and help to make it look more plumped and less wrinkled."

“Like the face, the neck benefits from antioxidants that can help fight free radicals that contribute to premature aging. Firming peptides and growth factors that stimulate collagen and elastin are also helpful for fighting gravity,” she says.

At what age should you start using anti-aging products for your neck?

Since some people can begin showing early signs of aging in their necks during the mid-30s, Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip suggests using neck creams in the early 30s as a form of pre-juvenation. “By starting neck creams early, you can prevent some of the signs of aging that would show up in the late 30s and early 40s,” she says.

When will I start to see the effects of anti-aging products?

When starting any new skincare routine, Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip always recommends waiting about six to 12 weeks to begin seeing results. Beauty is pain (and patience), of course!

Whether you’re searching for a product to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles or something a little stronger to help improve elasticity. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the top-rated anti-aging neck firming creams to help get you started.

Read on to learn why these neck creams are our top picks to test out.

Amazon

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Because the skin on your neck heavily differs from the skin on your face (thanks to less fatty tissue and fewer oil glands), you’ll tend to see signs of aging in your neck first, including a crepey skin texture. What’s great about this neck cream is that it’s specifically designed to target horizontal neck lines on the crepey areas of your neck—its special patented NIA-114 formula is made with niacin and vitamin B3, which help maintain strong, healthy-looking skin.

To buy: $81; amazon.com.

Amazon

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A little goes a long way with this neck cream that’s formulated with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and squalane, which together act as a powerful defense against sagging skin while also helping with hydration and elasticity. For evidence, just check out the reviews section on Amazon, which is full of customers touting its neck-firming results. One wrote, “I've been using this lotion as my daily moisturizer for a year and love it. I'm 42 and feel this has helped maintain skin bounce back or tightness with use. It is non-irritating and the price for value can't be beat!”

To buy: $21; amazon.com.

Walmart

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This multi-tasking neck cream promises to help improve elasticity, add moisture, improve and smoothe dull skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Use this cream on your face, neck, and chest for best results, and at four weeks you should start to notice a change in your skin.

To buy: $21; walmart.com.

Ulta

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This quick-absorbing moisturizer will make you question why you haven’t been using a neck cream every day already. Made for all skin types, this cream is gentle enough to use alongside your daily face moisturizer. Plus, the trifecta formula of elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid has been clinically tested to improve the appearance of fine lines and help lift the look of the skin.

To buy: $52; ulta.com.

Sephora

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In a clinical trial, more than 80 percent of the participants saw an improvement in their skin’s firmness and bounce and noticed a healthier-looking appearance. If you’re looking for a lightweight neck cream that can double as a face moisturizer, this cream works on all skin types thanks to its gentle black tea complex and goji fruit extract.

To buy: $95; sephora.com.

Dermstore

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Combine a silky soft cream with hibiscus, acacia, edelweiss, paprika, and botanical hyaluronic acid, and you’ll get this supple moisturizer made to hydrate, firm, and smooth sagging skin. Even better? It’s certified organic, vegan, and cruelty-free.

To buy: $92; dermstore.com

Amazon

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With more than 1,400 five-star reviews, this is a top pick for retinol neck creams. Shoppers swear by wearing the neck cream daily, even under makeup, and say it never becomes greasy or clogs their pores. With 72-hour hydration, not only does this neck cream provide super moisturizing benefits, it also helps to fight discoloration and brighten skin tone.

To buy: $20; amazon.com.

Nordstrom

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Never use another night cream for your neck again thanks to this super decadent formula that works its magic overnight. This Tri-Peptide Lift Complex formula is designed to build natural collagen and leave skin nourished so you can wake up with glowing, healthy skin.

To buy: $81 (was $91); nordstrom.com.

Amazon

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Created for both the face and neck, this daily moisturizer is not only a hydrating treat but a way to give your skin daily protection against the signs of aging by helping to increase cell turnover and firm the skin. At $10, it’s the cheapest option on this list and a great drugstore alternative to pricier picks.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Sephora

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Suitable for all skin types, this neck treatment, made with natural amino acids and omegas 3,6, and 9, helps reduce sagging and lines in just one month.

To buy: $135; sephora.com.

Dermstore

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Since sun protection is so important for your neck, this is a great SPF to use daily—especially for sensitive or acne-prone skin. With more than 1,000 five-star reviews, we can see why it’s Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip’s favorite sunscreen for the neck.

To buy: $35; amazon.com.

Nordstrom

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For best results, massage this neck cream from your chin to your chest morning and night. Customers love it because of its silky texture and powerful lifting effects just a few weeks after using.

To buy: $90; sephora.com.

Dermstore

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For more mature skin, this neck cream is packed with peptides, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid to help restore elasticity.

To buy: $92; dermstore.com.

Sephora

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Two key ingredients in this weekly treatment, retinyl palmitate and Brazilian fruit extracts, work together to boost natural collagen so that your skin looks brighter with a more even skin tone. Plus, if you have sun or age spots, it’s great for reducing discoloration.  

To buy: $60; dermstore.com

Amazon

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“This is my new favorite neck product because it is designed to lift, firm, and brighten the neck and décolleté area,” Imahiyerobo-Ip says. “It contains 10 peptides that stimulate collagen and firm the skin, hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture, and finally a potent antioxidant blend to combat sun damage and photo aging.”

To buy: $120; amazon.com.

Sephora

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After just one week, reviewers say they saw a noticeable difference in neck lines by using this cream formulated with Tarte’s ingredient Maracuja, which is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C to brighten and hydrate skin.

To buy: $44; sephora.com

Sephora

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The special ingredient in this neck cream is sorghum juice, which instantly brings back suppleness to the skin. In just a few days, reviewers say they look much more rested with firmer and tighter skin.

To buy: $67; sephora.com.