Do I Need A Separate Neck Firming Cream?

By Minji

  • The neck should be given as much care as the face
  • The key is treating the neck skin like face skin in your regular routine and not buying a separate neck firming cream
  • Save the $$ and make sure to invite the neck to your daily skincare party!

With all the different skincare products on the market today, it seems there’s a different product for every part of your body.  You already probably know that I am a proponent of a separate cream for the eyes.  The one that always confuses me is the neck firming cream. 

I’m a huge believer that the neck should be given as much care as the face.  I'm devoted to nexercising. I’ve also tried a few neck firming creams mainly because I’m worried there might be adverse consequences if I don’t.  But they’re usually expensive, add one more item to store in my fridge, and honestly, I don’t really see a difference in my skin.  Can’t I just apply the same products to my neck that I would to my face?  If so, why are there so many expensive creams out there solely targeting the neck?  I decided to investigate.  

To cut to the chase, my conclusion is a “no” to neck firming cream.  The important thing is to always invite the neck to the party and treat it as part of your face when you’re doing your daily skincare routine.  I can understand why there are so many separate creams targeted towards the neck though. 

It comes down to two things - the neck is a prominent part of the body, probably only second to your face and it actually has different skin attributes as compared to your face.  Similar to the eye area, the skin on the neck is much thinner than the skin on the face.  Your neck also has fewer oil glands than your face so it can be drier too. 

Unlike the skin around your eyes though, the skin on your neck isn’t particularly sensitive.  Anything you put on your face, you can put on your neck, but more moisture for the neck can be a good thing since it has fewer oil glands.  So basically, you should be able to use the same products that you use on your face, and even go buck wild with the face oil or other richer products.  Dr. Yoon agrees that a moisturizer is a moisturizer at the end of the day and the more important thing is the proper use of moisturizers depending on your specific skin issues or dryness levels and not how we fragment them out by body part.    

So save your money and save the space in your fridge, but do make sure you give your neck the time and care it deserves.  Use the same products you use on your face on your neck (and ideally even your chest).  For a boost, consider using a rich face oil over your regular moisturizer.  One other trick I have is to use an eye cream on the neck as a once a week luxury treatment. 

Of course, it can’t hurt to have a separate neck firming cream in your lineup, but don’t be fooled into thinking that any of these neck creams can do wonders.  Back to the basics – it’s really about maintaining daily habits and simple steps and not forgetting that the neck deserves an invite to the skincare party too.