When it comes to beauty, don't forget your neck. This delicate area is one of the first to show the signs of aging.
If you haven’t heard of tech neck yet, you will. A beauty (and health) woe for the modern age, tech neck refers to the position of your neck when you look to check your phone and tablet. And as a population, we check our phones a lot. According to a survey done by beauty brand StriVectin, the average person checks their mobile device about 221 times a day. A day. That’s double than the rate we checked our phones just four years ago.
So why does this matter? Well, as we bend our heads forward, up to an extra 60 pounds of weight is put on the spine—which puts a lot of stress on your neck. This will definitely cause some health issues—which is the main reason to check your smart phone habit—but it can also trigger a beauty issue too.
Repeatedly looking down at your phone can lead to or increase the prominence of neck lines and sagging skin. StriVectin has called this “Tech Neck.”
While we recommend addressing the way you check your phone (hold that baby up to your face instead of looking down at it for starters) we also know you might want to treat the more superficial side effects of this habit. Here are the creams, specially formulated for your neck—which by the way has thin and delicate skin and is already prone to sagging and loss of elasticity—to help combat Tech Neck.
As the brand that coined the phrase Tech Neck, you can bet StriVectin has a solution. It’s TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream offers the same benefits as it’s original neck cream, but in a lighter formula. The claims? The cream smoothes existing wrinkles and fights sagging while also hydrating for a smoother, more supple neck.
Addressing the issues of your v-zone (the area from the chin line to your cleavage), this neck cream firms and hydrates while improving the appearance of neck lines. Ingredients like evening primrose and algae extract fight the signs of aging.
Formulated for women 40 and over, this cream helps to restore firmness and softness with green seaweed extract, oat sugars and Clarins’ extra firming complex. This cream boasts a non-greasy texture with a ton of hydration.
This all-natural neck cream helps to tighten and smooth the skin around the neck and décolleté for a youthful look. A blend of fruit stem cells, vitamin C and rich botanicals reduces the appearance of fine lines.
This rich cream is incredibly hydrating and can be used on the neck and décolleté. Copper tripeptide and collagen help to lift and restructure the delicate skin of the neck while hyaluronic acid hydrates.
Real talk: a facial isn't really a facial unless you're reclined, cocooned under a warm blanket and listening to the soft, soothing sounds of waves lapping against the shore while an esthetician massages your skin. But the next best thing is recreating the professional experience at home. Give your skin a beauty boost, your mind a rest and your bank account a break by pampering yourself with an at-home facial.
1. FRESH START
First, remove all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities from your face. If you have an oily complexion, use gel-based cleansers, which will balance out the skin’s natural oil. A gentle, creamy cleanser adds hydration to dry skin. For a spa-like experience, fill the sink with lukewarm water and add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, rosewood or eucalyptus. Dip a cotton face cloth into the water, then wring out gently and press it soothingly on your face to further cleanse the skin. This second cleanse will help you unwind—and remove all residue without stripping away essential oils.
2. SLOUGH OFF
Next, choose a mild exfoliant, which will remove the surface layer of dead cells. If you frequently skip this step in your regular beauty regimen, it can cause your skin to have a dull and listless appearance–so get scrubbing! Depending on your preference, needs and skin sensitivity, you can either use a manual exfoliant with spherical beads that lift dead cells off the skin’s surface or a chemical exfoliant, which uses natural enzymes, like pineapple enzymes, that digest [or dissolve?] skin cells. Make sure skin is still moist before applying the exfoliant. Then, for a manual scrub, distribute the product around the face in a circular motion, using light pressure (avoid the eye area, as the skin is thin and can be damaged easily); rinse with tepid water. Slather on a chemical exfoliant, leave for a specified time and rinse with tepid water or micellar water. Your skin will instantly feel smoother and your complexion will look more radiant.
3. MIRACLE MASKS
Now it’s time to indulge in a refreshing, invigorating or soothing mask that’s designed to accomplish your skin care desires. Regrettably, there’s no such thing as a mask that can treat all of our skin care woes in a single application. That’s why treatment menus at spas include multiple facial options; each one targets a specific problem area. If your complexion is oily, use a clay mask. Natural clay masks are detoxifying treatments that help remove excess oil and cleanse pores deeply, which can help clear up pesky white and blackheads over time. If you have dry, dehydrated skin, opt for ultra-nourishing cream masks that add moisture and plump up the skin. These types of masks will likely be absorbed into the skin; however, they still require a final rinse. Women with combination skin can customize, by multi-masking, using a mixture of the different types. In oilier areas, such as the t-zone, try applying a clay mask, then apply a hydrating gel or cream mask to the rest of the face. When applying any kind of mask, ensure that it’s a safe distance away from the hairline, eye area and lips. After the specified time, use a clean, cotton face cloth drenched in lukewarm water to remove the mask.
4. ADD THE MOISTURE
Finally, it’s important to seal in all that hard work with your daily serum, eye cream and moisturizer. This also helps to rehydrate and calm the skin. Don’t forget your lips; apply a rich hydrating balm or treatment to get them looking just as radiant as the rest of your face. If you’re planning on stepping outside into sunlight after your facial, be sure to apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
SET THE MOOD
Get yourself in the mood for a relaxing in-house session with these suggestions.
This unique eye treatment uses a cooling gel technology that lets you feel the difference right on contact. It's a three step eye system that works together to aid with an uptake of hydration, depuffing and firming.
Flawless By Friday Mesmereyes, $26.
If a Snapchat filter and a mask hooked up we'd have this brightening character mask. It helps boost dull skin to look brighter and matte with cotton seed extract. Perfect for oily skin complexions
Character mask puppy brightening, $4.
This charcoal mask draws out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, $31.
Whip it Good
This nutrient-rich mask contains Argan oil and Moroccan rhassoul clay—whipped together to nourish, clarify, firm, and refine skin.
Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment, $59.
When it comes to skin care, NEVER FORGET YOUR NECK! This bio-cellulose patch mak intensely hydrates and moisturizes skin with amino acids and wheat proteins with skin tensing properties.
RODIAL Neck Masks, 8 for $64.
Looking for an greener option. This radiance repair mask is formulated with a gentle exfoliating blend of Glycolic and Lactic (AHAs) Acids to improve skin’s clarity and firmness. Bioflavonoid-rich hibiscus, raw blueberries and cranberries and super hydrating cold-pressed oils to restore moisture.
Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask, $86.
Great for oily and acne prone skin, this mattifying mask absorbs oil, impurities and environmental pollutants to help detoxify skin. Charcoal powder draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while mineral clays soak up excess oil.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask
This super luxe mask uses extract from honey which is repairs and smooths skin. This gel-textured honey mask leaves the skin plumped up and exceptionally smooth right from the first application.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask, $182.
In the early 1980s, two girls meet in a ballet class in northwest London. Tracey is tough, fleet-footed and defiant, with a mother who indulges her love of pageantry and a father who is in and out of jail. The other girl, our nameless narrator, is cautious and thoughtful, raised by an autodidactic mother with strong feminist, left-wing leanings. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they are immediately drawn to each other by their skin colour—two brown girls in a sea of white—and their love of old-time musicals, and soon find themselves fast, if uneasy, friends. Growing up, the girls put on identities as one might try on costumes, Tracey with her precocious ways and preternatural talent for dance, and the narrator with customary uncertainty and angst, until an unforgivable act on Tracey's part drives a permanent wedge between them. Twenty years later, the narrator finds herself in the orbit of a pop singer named Aimee. She must navigate a world where selfhood is not only a personal choice but also something the world foists upon you, and she wrestles with accepting her roots and the relationships of her youth in the process. This new novel by Zadie Smith is a deft study of identity, coming of age, feminism, race, class and family that treads on weighty issues with the precision of a dancer and the staying power of a classic Hollywood movie.
Photography by David Wile Credits: Photography by David Wile