As we get older, time and gravity take their toll on our bodies and we begin to lose volume in many areas – the most obvious being the face and neck.
The effects of the ageing process causes loosening of the muscles in these areas, which leads to sagging skin, or what some might refer to as “turkey neck” or jowls.
Symmetry Clinic, an aesthetic surgery specialising in face and neck lifts and rhinoplasty treatment in London, discusses how you can keep your neck looking firm and youthful as you get older.
It’s important to drink lots of water throughout the day, as it helps us stay healthy and refreshed. Drinking water also keeps us hydrated, which generally contributes to firmer, plumper skin that is less prone to wrinkles and sagging.
Ideally, we should drink at least two litres of water per day, as well as reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages that are consumed, all of which dehydrate the body.
Limit sun exposure
The sun’s UV rays are harmful to the body if regularly exposed. Not only can it lead to skin cancer, but it also speeds up the ageing process, by breaking down the natural elastin fibres and collagen that help keep the skin firm. As such, it’s important to limit your exposure to the sun and take the necessary preventative measures when you are out in it.
Wearing SPF 50 sunscreen every day (yes, even when it’s not sunny!) will protect you from UV rays, which can penetrate the skin even when it is cloudy. In the summertime, shield your face and neck by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and taking frequent breaks from the sun. When swimming, always re-apply sunscreen afterwards, even if products are water-resistant.
Investing in a high-quality, broad-spectrum moisturiser is one of the most worthwhile purchases you can make, especially as you get older. Using ones which specifically contain collagen and elastin-boosting properties are best, as well as those with hyaluronic acid in them. The creams should be applied daily to the face and neck, in order to firm, hydrate and replenish the skin.
If you are unsure which product to use for your skin type, it might be beneficial to consult with a dermatologist or skin care professional, who can point you in the right direction.
Positively change your lifestyle
Being overweight (or losing weight rapidly) can cause the skin to stretch and sag, which is why it is vital to maintain a healthy, steady weight as you age, through good diet and exercise. Eating the right foods, which contain essential vitamins and antioxidants, is important for upholding youthful, firm skin.
Diets that are high in sugar and fat can slow down the turnover of cells in the body, so try to really cut down on sweets and processed foods. Instead, choose quality proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and whole grains, which are best for sag-free, healthy skin.
Smoking also accelerates ageing, because it alters the way the blood is supplied to the skin, as well as being extremely harmful to your health in many other ways. If you are having trouble quitting, speak to your GP, who can help put you on an effective plan to stop smoking for good.