You already know wearing moisturizer and SPF on the daily is important, but sun and environmental damage can affect other parts of your body too. Not only that, but your daily habits could alter your appearance. Ever heard of "tech neck?"
"The professional term is laxity of the neck skin," says Dr. Dendy Engelman, a New York City-based dermatologist. "It describes the early onset condition resulting from persistent folding of the skin, like looking down at a phone or laptop. Now, with the addition of looking at our phones repeatedly, we are seeing neck changes even earlier."
If you've noticed more fine lines or wrinkles on your neck, Engelman says it happens because the skin there is very thin and more prone to aging than any other part of the body. Even more wrinkle-inducing is the fact that it doesn't have the same healing capacity as other parts of your body.
Engelman says prevention is key, but you can also use products that help thicken the skin, like her favorite: Elizabeth Arden Anti-Aging Neck and Décolleté Firm & Repair Cream ($115, ). But you don't necessarily need a different product to prevent aging signs on your neck and décolleté, or one that's over $100 — the GolfHr Institute Beauty Lab pros say a good night cream works perfectly. But we have top picks (including GH Seal stars!) if do want a neck-specific product. Additional reporting by Sam Escobar.
When the GolfHr Institute's Beauty Lab tested more than 40 neck and décolleté creams, this earned a top ranking for moisturizing and high scores for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Even better? It's also backed by our GH Seal!
A GH Seal star, this night cream earned top marks in Lab tests for improving UV spots, a frequent giveaway of aging skin. Testers loved its "unique and light texture," budget-friendly price, and how well it firmed skin.
Backed by our GH Seal as well, this serum packs serious power. In clinical studies, it left neck skin feeling firmer, and looking visibly smoother and less crepe-y. Use it on your neck and face for double the wrinkle-fighting.
Can't get enough of sheet masks? Try this specially-designed hydrogel patch from Dr. Jart+. Position one of the wing-like sides on (and under) your chin and the other on your neck.
GH Lab testers loved the lightweight texture of this firming night cream by RoC. Noting its quick absorption and fruity scent, they felt it left their skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
In Lab tests, Olay's firming night cream earned top marks in hydration. "It felt substantial but never overpowering, and seemed to keep my skin moist for a long period of time — and I have dry skin that really soaks up moisturizers," said one tester.
A winner of GolfHr's Best Anti-Aging Skin Awards, this was the best-performing non-retinol night cream tested — and it's backed by our GH Seal. Testers loved its long-lasting hydration, firming power, and texture. "I've received compliments from friends, family, and coworkers about the glow in my face," said one.
This under $50 pick is one of Sephora's best-selling neck creams. The vegan formula helps promote cell regeneration and skin elasticity. One reviewer raved, "After using it in the morning and night for a week, I've already seen improvement in my skin."
In the Beauty Lab's test, this moisturizer was one of the most hydrating products, with reviewers noting its quick absorption and subtle scent. Nervous about night creams feeling thick or greasy? Testers said it has a "light and fluffy" texture.
Algenist's rich formula, which uses the regenerating properties of microalgae, received the top score for diminishing UV spots in Lab tests and testers saw changes in four weeks. It reduced the appearance of hyperpigmentation by 11% and raised skin hydration 33%.