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Neck Firming

Sagging neck skin is an ugly sight that most of us hate to see. Let's talk about the solutions to this problem. Here are some simple and effective techniques used for neck firming.
Bidisha Mukherjee
Loose skin is a sign of aging, and usually becomes visible much before the wrinkles on facial skin. The neck skin is thin and delicate like the skin under the eyes. A sagging neck mainly results from breaking down of the collagen present in the inner layer of the skin.
Moreover, excessive exposure to the sun can cause extensive damage to the skin in this area and aggravate the problem further. The only solution to this problem is neck firming which can be done with the help of various methods.


Creams And Lotions

Today, the market is flooded with skin-firming products that come in the form of creams and lotions. However, all of them are not equally effective. Creams and lotions that are rich in antioxidants and moisturizing components are good for this purpose.
For daytime use, you should select a cream with sunblock. It should be applied generously on the neck area so that harmful radiation from the sun does not cause any further damage to the skin. Then, there are anti-wrinkle creams which can be used before going to bed.
Specially formulated neck-firming lotions are also available which, when applied regularly, can improve collagen production, and in turn, help in skin tightening and improving elasticity.

Botox injections

These can reduce the appearance of sagging skin temporarily. When it is administered on the neck region, it weakens the neck muscles, and they slacken. As a result, the skin appears smooth. The effect of botox lasts for 4 to 5 months, and the treatment has to be repeated after regular intervals of time.

Radio Waves

In this option, the skin of the neck is subjected to radio waves, which in turn helps to bring about marked improvement in the skin elasticity.

Neck Lift

This involves tightening up of the neck muscles by surgical means.


Many people are not interested in any cosmetic treatments, as they fear the onset of adverse side effects. Moreover, they are expensive too. Neck exercises are an effective and natural way of streamlining sagging skin around the neck.
A few effective exercises are given here.

Exercise #1

• Sit straight on a chair.
• Then, move your head backward, and look up.
• Keep your lips closed but not held tightly.
• Then, move the lower lip in such a way that it overlaps with the upper lip.
• Maintain this position till you finish counting 10.
• Then relax your lips.
• Similarly, you can make chewing motions while holding the neck up.

This exercise should be repeated several times a day.

Exercise #2

• Sit on a chair with your neck and back straight.
• Put your hands at the back of the head, near the lower part of the skull.
• Now, gradually try to move your head backwards, but resist this movement using your hands. As a result, you can feel the neck muscles tighten.
• Maintain this position for 5 seconds, and then relax.

Repeated 5 or 10 times daily.

Exercise #3

• Sit on a chair with your back, neck, and head straight.
• Now, gradually tilt your head to the right side. Do not tilt it so much that your right ear touches the shoulder.
• Hold this position for a second or two, and then get back to the original position.
• Next, you have to move your head in the same manner, to the left. Again, hold it for a second, and get back to the normal posture.

This should be repeated 10 times on each side, throughout the day.

Exercise #4

• Sit on a chair in a relaxed state, with your lips closed but not held tightly.
• Place your thumb just below the chin bone.
• Then, try to press your tongue downwards against the gums, as if to touch the thumb.
• Hold this position for few seconds, and then relax.
Sagging skin around the neck can be prevented to a great extent with the help of regular neck exercises. Such exercises tone the muscles really well and make them firm and healthy. Moreover, a good skin care regime is equally important to keep the wrinkles and creases at bay.
Disclaimer: This story is solely for informative purpose and not intended to replace the advice of medical experts.