As women, we always try to look our best. It is in our nature. We go to the very extremes sometimes to take care of our face from keeping it glowing & beautiful and making it free from fine lines and wrinkles.
But suddenly one day you are in your mid 30’s, you start to notice that the skin around your neck has become dark, and has fine lines and superficial wrinkles. And you realize that it is not just your face, but your neck too requires some tendering loving. Most of us often fail to take proper care of our neck as the focus always stays on the face and hands. We even opt for expensive spa treatments for our back, shoulders and legs. Did you ever really notice that the neck is being left out in all these ‘indulgences’?
Let’s work on getting rid of that darkened skin and those wrinkles so that the skin on your neck doesn’t look aged. Read below to know some of the best neck beauty tips.
The tips mentioned here will help you keep the neck skin clean and glowing naturally.
The direction of massage for the neck skin is a very important thing to remember because a nice massage in a wrong direction or with the wrong movement over the neck can damage the skin. Neck skin is very thin and delicate. It is more delicate than the skin of your face. The proper direction to massage the skin of the neck is by moving both your palms from lower to upper region in vertical movements. Never massage your neck in circular motions or from top to bottom.
Oils help the neck skin to rejuvenate. Not just any oils though. You have to be careful when it comes to selecting the right kind of oil. Select those oils which are not extremely heavy and are in their pure form.
Coconut oil is heavy oil but it can be used in very little amounts or you can mix it with a little water on your palm and then use it. Olive oil, sweet almond oil, chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil, and rose oil are also good options.
Do not over massage you neck. A neck massage should last from 10-15 minutes maximum with a possible break of one or two minutes in between. Over massaging can strain the neck skin.
Masks and packs also work wonders for the neck skin just like the skin of the face. Use fruit masks on the neck for best results. Fruits like apple, ripe banana, avocado, and plums can work wonders for the neck skin. Here are some packs that you can easily stir up at home and use –
- A pack of mashed ripe banana (preferably ripe but not stale) and olive oil can be used as a nice pack for your neck. Apply this on the neck when you are applying other face packs on the face. Wait for 15 minutes and wash off with plain water. The fine lines on the neck will vanish giving you glowing skin. You can use this twice a week.
- A nice mask made of egg white and honey can be applied on the neck with a brush for 10-12 minutes and washed off with Luke warm water. This will give you fairer skin around your neck and removes any fine lines.
- A pack of mashed pumpkin can be applied on the neck too for 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week. Pumpkin is a great anti-aging vegetable. You should include this in your regular diet in some form in your late 20’s or early 30’s.
A very important point to remember while using packs on the neck skin is to never allow any type of pack other than fruit packs to get dry on the skin of the neck. Packs of clay, gram flour (besan), whole wheat flour (atta), or any other kinds of mud packs should never be left to dry and crack over the neck skin.
If you can get a spa treatment for your neck, then there is nothing better than that once in a while. Make sure that your body position while taking massage is correct. If you are taking a massage for relaxation purpose or getting rid of spondylosis pain, then a sitting position can be quite good. But if you are taking a spa polishing or smoothing treatment for the neck, then the best position would be to lie flat on your back during the treatment.
Exfoliation of the neck skin is important too. Use only mild exfoliators. Use upward strokes only for exfoliating and do not extend the time more than five minutes.
Use a scrub made of ground almonds and milk, and apply on the neck. Start from near your shoulders and move to the top, do this for five minutes. Wash off as you bathe. Do this two to four times a week. This is one of the best neck cleaning tips that will offer great results.
Apply face wash on the neck while taking a bath. Avoid harsh soaps on neck skin. Shower gels which are pH balanced are fine, though.
Apply toner on the neck skin with a cotton ball when you use a toner for your face. Apply sunscreen on to neck in same upwards strokes like usual. Keep a special vitamin E enriched moisturizing skin cream for the neck. Apply cream or lotion in the same way with upward strokes with your palm.
A good way to noticeably reduce pores is to rub your neck and face with ice cubes. But be careful so as to not catch cold. Ice cubes rubbed on the neck for 15 minutes, preferably every day, can help you lessen any pores on the neck.