As Khloe Kardashian mentioned in her interview with Kylie Jenner on the makeup mogul’s YouTube channel, your hands and neck give away how old you are. While you may have no wrinkle worries in the first 30 years of your life, as aging kicks in, you’re likely to have wrinkles forming on your neck.

You see, what keeps our skin looking plump and youthful is collagen. But with age, collagen production drops which results in the formation of fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles. Skin losses its elasticity and the neck suffers more because most don’t pay it enough attention.

However, if you are still on the younger side of the scale, you can take measures right now to prevent age-related neck wrinkles. Here are some simple steps that can be of help:

1 – Moisturize your neck

What most people do when moisturizing their face is that they completely ignore their neck. Missing the neck can make it form wrinkles faster as your start aging. This is why you should always massage on moisturizer on from your chin to the top of your chest.

You can use the same moisturizer that you use for your face, for your neck as well. Or you can go for a richer product because the skin here is different; it is thinner with fewer lipids and melanocytes. This means your skin is less protected from environmental factors and it also has fewer cells that keep it bright. Cleanse and moisturize your neck morning and night.

Massage a cream with powerful antioxidants such as CoQ10, vitamin A, E, C, and beta carotene in gentle upward and inward circular motions. This will help boost blood circulation in the area and prevent cell damage.

2 – Don’t forget exfoliation

Dirt and sebum from the long day doesn’t just settle inside your facial skin but in your neck too. You may have noticed grime collected in the lines of the neck. However, just like it is recommended for your face, do not overdo exfoliation.

In fact, considering how delicate your neck’s skin is, about once a week is enough. Use an exfoliator that is gentle rather than even the slightest bit of harsh. Some exfoliating products contain sharp matter and your goal should be to avoid putting such particles on your neck’s skin.

3 – Make use of sunscreen

Next, don’t forget to put on sunscreen whenever you wander outdoors. Most women miss their neck when applying sunscreen; they believe only their face and hands need sun protection. This is incorrect; you must apply product on your neck as well.

You may have noticed how so many women have brighter faces while the rest of their exposed body has a tan. You should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your neck. Note that sunscreen application for your cleavage, neck, and face is necessary even when the sun’s not glaring, and it is cloudy outdoors.

4 – Stay hydrated

Water – we know it’s important and yet because of our busy routines we keep drinking less water. You’d have heard water to be the beauty secret of one too many celebrities. You should follow suit as well and stay as hydrated as much as you can.

Apart from getting hydration from water, you should also consume fruits and vegetables that can provide you water content. Moreover, there are a variety of waters out there as well to choose from if, for some reason, you feel like good old original water is too boring.

5 – Consume omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C

Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and berries. Meanwhile omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish as well as fish oil supplements. These two are necessary for collagen production which keeps the skin firm, and young-looking.

You can take a fish oil supplement from a reliable company on a daily basis or you can eat fish, salmon or mackerel, once a week at the very least. These foods are also packed with antioxidants which keep skin fresh and youthful. They also keep skin hydrated and reduce inflammation.

6 – Improve your posture

A lot of people have a bad posture which not only causes pain in the neck and unpleasant headaches but also is the reason behind adamant wrinkles which may decide to not go away all that easily. Therefore, improve your posture.

In this regard, do not keep your neck constantly bent. For instance, when using cellphone, people tend to look down into their phones rather than raising the device up which can cause neck stiffness and wrinkles. Moreover, office work may also have people bending their backs and necks, so the office is another place where you need to improve your posture.

7 – Exercise your neck

Like for other parts of the body, your neck can also be exercised. And like for other parts, exercise is helpful for your neck as well. It keeps your neck muscles toned and protects your neck from sagging and birthing wrinkles.

Some exercises including jutting your chin outward and repeatedly moving your lower jaw can help. You can also read the vowels aloud with your mouth open for about ten times consistently. Or you can do some simple head rotating exercises. All these exercises are pretty easy.

8 – Don’t strain your neck

Last but not the least, do not strain your neck. Some ways many people strain their neck include sleeping on the wrong pillow. For instance, a pillow that is too high and causes the angle between the neck and the head to be wider is likely to cause neck strain.

This is why it is better to go for a low pillow that causes a minimal angle. Secondly, wearing very heavy jewelry all the time can also cause strain to your neck. The neck is stretched downward because of the heavy jewelry, much like how ear lobes get dragged downward due to the wearing of heavy earrings. What’s more, stop smoking. It causes wrinkles to form faster.

If you’re already past the age in which you can prevent neck wrinkles, know that there’s no quick fix. You can simply switch up your wardrobe to include more high-necks or other such styles that can hide your neck from immediate attention.

Wrap up thoughts

In brief, make sure you cleanse, moisturize, and exfoliate your neck. Don’t wear jewelry that is too heavy, sleep on the right pillow, and improve your posture. Apply sunscreen on your neck as well, stay hydrated, eat antioxidant-rich foods, and exercise your neck. By following these simple tactics, you may be able to notice a better looking neck than other women your age.