Wedding Prep — Chapter 3: What the neck?
T-minus 3 weeks and 3 days till my wedding in Taipei (breathing into a paper bag) – yikes!
Chapter 3 of the wedding prep is on neck care, a topic often neglected in beauty talks! To be honest, I only started learning the importance of caring for my neck about 3 years ago, thanks to my mother: “A woman’s neck reflects her real age,” she said to me once.
It is common to find skincare routines covering only the entire face, minus the neck and upper chest area, which creates an “age gap” between the skins overtime. While there is abundant information on skincare for the face, there are a lot less on neck care; hence, this chapter!
How is this related to wedding prep? Well, I believe it is safe to say that the majority of wedding dresses bare the neck and shoulders. My off-the-shoulder dress from one of my favorite designers Lela Rose showcases exactly that, which is why I’ve put in even more effort in my neck care routine.
Previously, I would simply extend the use of my trusty face moisturizers (my favorite is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream) down to my neck, and call it a day. But recently I've discovered a few neck cream products that work really well, plus other tips I’d like to share with you.
One of my current favorite neck creams is the Soybean Energy Neck Cream by innisfree ($21). The cream features naturally fermented soybean extract and oil from Jeju island, the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and it aims to smooth skin as it enhances the benefits of collagen. Soybean is known across the East Asian region as an ingredient that clears and whitens skin. Drinking soy milk, for example, hydrates the skin inside out. As a skincare product component, soy is believed to make your skin supple and soft. Soybeans also contains vitamin E, which helps fight signs of aging as it clears dead skin cells while simultaneously forming healthy new ones; it has the ability to diminish fine lines and tighten sagging skin.
People nowadays spend a large amount of time looking downwards at laptop screens and smartphones, increasing the chances of creating visible lines on necks. I, for one, am admittedly a member of the “heads down” squad.
I’ve used this cream 4, 5 days a week, for over a period of about 9 weeks now. At first, I only used it as part of my nightly skincare routine, but when I found that the cream kept my neck hydrated without leaving any oily residue overnight (very suitable for my combination skin), I started applying it on my neck in the morning as well. The result was a smoother looking neck, and radiant skin!
The only downside of the cream is the smell; personally, it reminds me of mosquito repellents. I got used to it a few weeks in eventually, but I wish it had a “prettier” scent!
Another neck cream product I got a few sample of is the Benefiance Concentrated Neck Contour Treatment by Shiseido ($52.50). Although I quite like it, the price point is much higher so I haven’t gotten a full bottle. The Neck Cream by Vella is also a great choice; it has been nicknamed “the iron” in Taiwan for its efficacy.
Other steps I’ve incorporated into my neck care routine include applying sunscreen when I leave the house, as protecting your neck from the sun is crucial, too! I’ve also made sure to use a damp towel (instead of dry) to wipe my neck and upper chest area when I sweat from a workout. We don’t want to accumulate the sweat as it can cause skin irritation. What's more, when dirt and sweat is caught in between lines, it can contribute to hyperpigmentation overtime, making fine lines more apparent.
Last but not least, a good massage is the key. Make sure to flatten out your hand and apply creams on your neck with upward strokes. Got to fight gravity, yo!
Please note that Key To Radiance is not affiliated with any of the brands in any way.