Noticing your neck has lost or is starting to lose firmness is one of the more distressing signs of aging. Often referred to as turkey or crêpey neck, it can be challenging to find a product that will make much of an impact on this delicate area. We have rounded up 10 of the most effective over the counter (including drugstore) firming neck creams that work.
Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream
This Extra-Firming Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream from Clarins helps to firm and hydrate your neck. It has a smooth texture to it that goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. The scent is light, and most users will find it pleasant and not overpowering. Some of the more notable ingredients in this cream are Clarins’ Extra-Firming Complex, Sunflower Auxins (to moisturize and protect), Sea Lettuce (for a plumping effect), and Oat Sugars (to moisturize and firm). It is recommended for women 40 and over.
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NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream
NeoStrata is a Canadian brand that it is known for products that use stem cell technology, along with a combination of retinol and peptides, and also a dry formulation for vitamin C (L ascorbic acid). The NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream is a favorite of many dermatologists and skin care professionals. It contains NeoGlucosamine (which gives similar benefits as alpha hydroxy acid), NeoCitrate (helps produce new collagen), Pro-Amino Acid and Apple Cell Stem Extract (protects the skin’s cells). It reportedly goes on smooth, isn’t heavy, and doesn’t have a strong fragrance. It is a little pricey, but many users have seen a noticeable difference with this cream.
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Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Crème
Estée Lauder makes some of the most popular and effective creams for your face. One best selling product to try that will work well for both your face and your neck is Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It is a day cream that will give you a lifted look, protect your skin from the sun, and will help you smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It comes in dry skin or a standard/combination skin formula. They also offer a night version of the cream that does not include the SPF. It is a lovely cream to use, although it is a little on the pricey side.
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L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Face & Neck Moisturizer
This firming formula by L’Oréal is a very well reviewed option for those who aren’t looking to spend a lot of money. It made with pro-retinol A (L’Oréal trademarked name for its version of retinol), pro-lastyl (an ingredient that can firm and renew elastin fibers), and Criste marine extract (that will firm your skin and smooth wrinkles). As well as it’s anti-aging benefits, it will also moisturize your skin for 24 hours.
Check the price on Ulta.com
Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Face Moisturizer Cream
The whole Olay Regenerist line is excellent for helping to get rid of wrinkles and promote firmer skin. Although not explicitly made for the neck, Olay’s Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Face Moisturizer Cream is often used on that area as well as the face. Users find this cream helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration for a fraction of the price that you pay for some of the more expensive creams.
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Yeouth Neck Cream
Yeouth is a trendy brand that you can find on Amazon. Their Neck Firming Cream uses the same antioxidants found in Green Tea (catechin EGCG that may reactivate dying skin cells) and Vitamin C (to promote collagen production). One of its other vital ingredients is Argireline, also known as acetyl hexapeptide that may help stop the formation lines and wrinkles by inhibiting muscle movement. This cream is made with natural ingredients and is cruelty-free and vegan.
Find on Amazon
Gold Bond Ultimate Firming Neck & Chest Cream
If you are looking for a good quality budget option to help firm up the neck and chest area, a lot of people like the Gold Bond Ultimate Neck & Chest Firming Cream. Some of the key ingredients include Salicylic Acid (BHA) to exfoliate the skin, Stress Response Proteins to improve the texture of the skin, and an Advance Hydration Blend to maintain moisture. It is fragrance-free and non-greasy.
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BareMinerals Extra Firming Neck Cream
This bareMinderals Extra Firming Neck Cream is another decent option if you are looking for a moderately priced, yet effective (for many users) product. It uses something called ActiveSoilTM Complex. This complex is a combination of active minerals that come from untouched virgin soil; it is reported to have skin-renewing benefits like cell turnover and antioxidant protection. It also helps your skin absorb and retain moisture. This bareMinerals cream has no parabens, synthetic fragrances, and artificial oils. The company also does not test on animals or use any animal by-products.
Find on Amazon
Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Firming Neck Cream
Do Not Age Firming Cream is one of the more pricey options on our list. It is a high-end cream that has excellent reviews and features all of the things that you want in a cream. It absorbs quickly, goes on smoothly, and moisturizes. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy and it can help to firm up the skin on your neck. It contains no parabens, is dermatologist tested, and never tested on animals.
Check the price on Sephora.com
StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
The StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream often comes up as one of the most effective creams on the market. I was hesitant to put it on this list though as I didn’t find this cream to be particularly pleasant to use or effective. It is possible that I just had a bad batch and that would be why it left me a little underwhelmed. Regardless, many consumers have had good results with this particular cream, so I included it as a possible, although pricey option if you like the brand.
Find on Ulta
What causes a turkey neck?
It is caused by a combination of your neck muscles weakening as you age leaving your skin less supported, along with your skin losing its elasticity. Both of these factors cause the skin to sag and create the dreaded turkey neck effect.
Do firming creams work?
Like all beauty products, some creams may not work for you that work well for others. Since everyone’s skin is different, finding the right product may take a bit of trial and error. If you are unsure about a particular cream stick with brands that you know and trust, also pay particular attention to ingredients (see below).
How do wrinkle creams work?
For the most part, they work by moisturizing the skin, creating a more plumped up appearance to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. They can also exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal more healthy looking skin. Some creams use ingredients that are believed to help with the production of new collagen and elastin helping to create a more youthful appearance. Most importantly creams aim to improve texture and firm up the skin helping to reduce the look of a crepey neck.
What are the most effective ingredients to look for in a neck cream?
Retinol– Retinol is one of the best ingredients to look for if you are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve your skin’s elasticity.
Peptides– Peptides can boost the growth of new skin cells and help plump up the skin.
Alpha-hydroxy acids– Alpha-hydroxy acids can work as a natural exfoliant that can help brighten the skin and make it look smoother.
Antioxidants– Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals that can damage skin cells and cause your skin to age more quickly. They can also make the surface on the face appear to be more firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Stem cells-A few of the products on our list include Stem cell derivatives that are believed to stimulate collagen and elastin.
Do you have to get a cream specifically for the neck area?
Generally, anything you use on your face can you can also on your neck. However, the neck does have fewer oil glands so you can use a thicker product than you would use on your face without having to worry about a breakout. By using a thicker cream, you can help hydrate the skin and possibly make it more smooth and healthy looking than with a lighter formula.
What Else Can You Do to Help with Neck Wrinkles?
- Use a sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.
- Pay the same attention to your neck that you do to your face (clean, tone, moisturize).
- Make sure you keep your posture straight, and your spine stretched out to avoid horizontal lines developing.
- Do facial exercises to help strengthen your muscles and reduce the look of wrinkles.
It is always disappointing to have high hopes for a beauty product only to discover once you have it it isn’t right for you. Here are a few things to think about before you go shopping:
Is the product tested on animals?
Some great options specifically say they do not test on animals. Try BareMineral, NeoStrata, Gold Bond Ultimate or Dr.Brandt.
Does this product have sunscreen?
Many neck creams don’t contain sunscreen and may have ingredients that make you more susceptible to sun sensitivity. If this is a concern, you may have to use a sunscreen in addition to the neck cream.
How does it smell?
These days most facial creams are relatively light on scent. If you are bothered by fragrance, look for products that are unscented (Gold Bond.
How long do you have to use it before you see results?
The time frame will vary between the different products, but you should start to see some results after using a neck cream for at least three weeks. You can check reviews to see if other users are getting good results, and what kind of time frame they see it in.
What is the texture of the cream like?
When you start to use neck creams, you may be surprised at just how thick some of them are. Since this part of the body has fewer oil glands than the face, you can use a thicker cream without experiencing breakouts. For some people, the thickness is what they like about using a cream specially formulated for the neck. Not all necks creams have a thick texture, but it is something to be aware of if you prefer a lighter cream.