This is because the skin in these areas is thinner than on the rest of the body making it more vulnerable to visible damage caused by exposure to the ultra violet rays in sunlight.
There are two further principal reasons why the neck area is usually the first to show the onset of age in the form of wrinkles and saggy skin.
As we grow older so the fat layer underlying the skin gets redistributed.
In the neck and under the chin the fatty tissues become reduced resulting in the overlying skin losing the support of this layer and allowing wrinkles and sagginess to become more visible.
In many cases neck wrinkles and saggy skin progress down to the upper chest area causing even more evidence of advancing age.
The problem is compounded by the fact that the front of the neck and under the chin are areas of the body that do not have a great deal of muscular support. As a consequence they are unable to make up for the loss of support as the fatty tissue diminishes and the ravages of sunlight takes it toll.
In common with the skin covering the rest of the body, bad diet and lack of attention to good skin care is also a contributory factor.
To stop aging neck wrinkles and saggy skin, often referred to as ‘turkey neck’, prevention is better than cure.
- Don’t stop your skin care routine at your face but cleanse, tone and moisturise your neck and upper chest at the same time.
- Always remember to pay special attention to cover all the exposed areas of your upper body with a good sunscreen when outdoors, even if the sun is hardly shining, and keep your neck protected from wind and snow.
- If you begin to see the appearance of aging neck wrinkles take immediate action and apply a rejuvenating skin cream specially formulated for the thin skin around the neck and available from most pharmacies.
- Keep to a healthy diet containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and be sure to exercise regularly, it doesn’t have to be strenuous but keep to a routine.
If you become more concerned that you are developing a ‘turkey neck’ then the best advice is to consult a qualified dermatologist or skin specialist.
There are a range of treatments that include laser therapies, surgical procedures and skin peels that can work “miracles!” for neck wrinkles.