Multiple neck wrinkles are often called "turkey neck."

How to Firm Up a Wrinkled Neck

by Mimi Bullock

Perfectly applied makeup easily hides common signs of facial aging -- but what about the neck skin? Many women pay little or no attention to this fragile skin until it inevitably begins to wrinkle or sag. While it's best to take a proactive approach to wrinkle prevention, you can improve the look of neck skin by changing your beauty routine and adding some exercises. For excessive drooping, you may need to consult with a cosmetic improvement clinic.

Dampen the neck skin with cool water. Apply a gentle exfoliating scrub to a wet washcloth. Gently rub the cloth over the neck to remove dirt and debris. Over time, this will help slough away fine lines and wrinkles. Rinse away the scrub and pat the neck skin dry. Pat a hydrating moisturizer on to the skin. You should use an exfoliation treatment once a week.

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated on a cellular level. Skin loses its elasticity and its ability to retain moisture as you age. Besides drinking water throughout the day, you can also absorb moisture from foods like blueberries and salmon. Avoid fried foods and alcoholic drinks which tend to dry out the skin.

Fill a sink with hot, steamy water. Lean over the water, steaming the neck skin each night before bed. You can increase the effect of this by wearing a towel over your head, thus trapping the steam. Pat the skin dry. This keeps the skin moisturized on the surface which helps it to look younger.

Perform neck exercises every day. Lean your head back and place your hand at the base of the neck, on your chest. Protrude your lower jaw forward, then up toward the ceiling. You should try to look like a gulping fish but do not swallow the air. Do 5 sets of 10 gulps daily to tighten your skin. If weight loss is a goal for you, begin these facial exercises immediately to tighten any loose skin that may appear.

Apply a wrinkle-reducing neck cream to your neck nightly before you go to bed. Touch the cream to your fingertips and then apply it to the skin in a fluting motion. Sweep the fingers upward as if you are playing a harp. Never pull down on your skin.

Wear sunscreen with a high SPF on the neck every day to protect this fragile skin from sun damage that could result in wrinkles. Remember, even when there is cloud cover the sun is working its damage. You can also wear clothing that protects the neck, such as turtleneck sweaters in winter and colorful scarves in summer and spring.

Items you will need

  • Gentle exfoliating scrub
  • Washcloth
  • Hydrating moisturizer
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Wrinkle-reducing cream
  • Sunscreen


  • Take supplements of vitamin E and Omega-3 fish oils. These can add needed oils to your skin and body.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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