Skin Concern: Turkey Neck

Leave the Turkey for the Table!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, today we’re talking turkey…turkey neck, that is. Unfamiliar with this is aging symptom? We’ll break it down for you.

Turkey Neck

<tur-kee nek>, noun:
  1. The loose folds of skin under the chin that hang down like a wattle.
  2. Area under the chin where skin has lost elasticity due to the aging process.
  3. Unfortunate side effect of significant weight loss.
The skin under the chin area is particularly prone to the effects of aging as it is thinner, dryer and has a different collagen content than the skin on your face. Additionally, the neck and chest are two of the most sun-exposed areas on the body; but are also two of the most forgotten areas for daily SPF application. This combination leads to sagging, dry skin with uneven tone, aka a Turkey Neck. As people age their skin naturally loses elasticity. While most women, by the time they hit their mid-twenties, have spent a fair amount of time treating the skin on their face, the majority of women haven’t been as diligent with the skin on their neck and chest. In fact, if you want to find out a woman’s real age, you often don’t have to look further than their chest, neck or hands. So what’s a girl to do? Prevent the dreaded Turkey Neck by taking action early. If you already are starting to see the signs of sagging skin under your chin, there’s still hope! Here are some of the best ways to make sure your chin and neck never reveal your true age! Expand your sunscreen application area. Who out there religiously puts sunscreen on their face every morning? Now, who actually expands their daily application to their neck and chest areas? Hmmm, that’s what we thought. Your neck and chest areas are some of the most highly exposed areas to the sun on your entire body. Yet we often overlook them when applying our morning moisturizer with SPF. Free radical damage caused by sun exposure can break up the collagen in our skin and increase sunspots and broken blood vessels Expand your sunscreen application area every morning to prevent premature aging on your neck and chest. Increase your collagen support. A consistent at-home skincare routine that focuses on improving collagen is key for losing the “turkey” in “turkey neck.” Apply our Cell Revive Serum Complete daily to your neck and chest area. It is clinically proven to immediately tighten and lift skin in 96% of study participants.* It also helps increase collagen synthesis with its collagen pre-peptides and encourages firmer, brighter skin while helping to reduce the appearance of pores. Get your neck on a workout plan. Yes, you read that right. Doing specific exercises for your neck can help increase its muscular support system, in turn decreasing your turkey neck. Try this easy exercise designed to tone up your chin and neck:
  • Tilt your head to the right.
  • Put a little forward pressure on the back of your head with the opposite hand (not so much that there is pain).
  • Bring your head back into a normal position, pushing back on the resistance of your hand.
  • Repeat to the left.
Seek professional help. Light therapy, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and Retin-A are all professional treatments that can help bring your turkey neck back to normal by tightening your chin area, increasing collagen production, building firmness and renewing the once youthful skin on your chest and neck. See your esthetician or dermatologist for more information on these procedures. So as we sit down to our Thanksgiving turkey dinner, let’s all be thankful that “turkey neck” can be left to the birds! *Study results on file.