No matter how committed you are to your skin-care products, there’s one significant area many of us seem to forget: the décolletage. This delicate area — from the chin to the chest — is one of the first places on our bodies to develop signs of aging, which is why it deserves to be slathered only in one of the best neck creams that dermatologists (and Allure editors) adore.
“The neck area has thin, sensitive skin compared to other parts of the body,” Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously told Allure. “Combine that with gravity and the constant craning over smartphones, and it’s an area uniquely at risk for fine lines and sagging.” In other words, “tech neck” isn’t as much of a myth as we might have thought.
If you’ve noticed any difference in skin laxity around your neck and chest area, Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist James Y. Wang, MD, of Metropolis Dermatology says, first and foremost, to consult a dermatologist for an evaluation of any inflammation, lumps, and nodules. He adds that significantly loose skin likely requires procedural intervention, but neck creams can be beneficial for replenishing hydration and subtly decreasing the look of neck lines. Of course, this all depends on which ingredients are added to the formula.
Dr. Wang notes that retinol is a common additive to these moisturizers for its ability to promote collagen production, which is what makes it a crown-jewel ingredient for addressing the appearance of wrinkles. “This can help with skin sagging, wrinkles, and some crepiness,” he says. “Since the neck is a sensitive area, the retinol concentrations tend to be low and the results are subtle.” He also says peptides are a new area of exploration for neck creams, and the jury is still out on whether they are effective.
Whether you’re looking to temporarily tighten or address discoloration, there’s a slew of standout moisturizers, serums, and treatments that will help your skin snap back over time. And because we’re nothing if determined to help you achieve all your skin goals, we rounded up 19 dermatologist-approved creams you’ll definitely want to add to your cart.