Do you think “turkey neck” is a pain in the neck? If so then one of the most practical ways is to prevent neck aging. Like other body parts, you can take steps to avoid neck wrinkles. This can methods like wearing sunscreen or changing your pillow. Fun Fact: The human neck has 26 muscles. It’s critical to take good care of your neck to prevent skin aging. However, it also involves steps like making sure your whole body is getting enough water and healthy fat. These are effective steps to help keep your neck skin as healthy as possible. Anti-aging methods often involve areas like the face or hands but we shouldn’t forget the neck.
As our bodies age, this can cause various areas like the neck skin to also age. We probably don’t think about it much but the neck is exposed to possible effects of skin aging due to being high on the body. For example, if your sun gets sunburned there’s a good chance your neck will too. This highlights the need to wear strong sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats. As the saying goes, prevention is indeed better than care. Keeping the neck skin full of nutrients can help to prevent skin damage there from the get-go.
Aging, Wrinkles, and Turkey Necks
You’ve probably heard of the term “turkey neck.” What’s it all about? It’s important to note that signs of aging can appear anywhere on the skin. Fun Fact: Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Signs of aging like fine lines and deep wrinkles can appear on the neck just like other body parts.
There are various results. For example, as we age the body produces less protein. This includes elastin that makes skin stretchy and the body’s most common protein known as collagen. This one is critical because it makes up 90% of protein and up to four-fifths of skin.
Chronological aging is part of life. Every year we become one year older. However, there’s also our “biological age,” which can be average for our age or even younger or older. As we age different factors start affecting our skin including neck skin.
What happens? There are different changes. For example, our bodies start making less collagen and elastin. This can cause the neck skin to be less plump and tight. It won’t bounce back like it did when we were younger. The skin might also become less smooth and even, which can be related to less protein or water absorption.
There are several causes of aging skin on the neck. They include:
- Bad diet
- Little exercise
- Sleeping on side
- Sun damage
These effects won’t cause skin damage overnight. However, over time they can take their toll and especially when the normal aging process becomes a factor. When we become older it’s tougher for our bodies to bounce back, which can affect various health issues like neck skin.
One result of skin aging on the neck is something called “turkey neck.” This results from sagging/wrinkled skin that happens when the neck muscles start weakening and the skin becomes less stretchy. The loose skin causes it to resemble a turkey’s neck.
How to Prevent Neck Aging
1. Exercise your neck
We usually think of exercise as something that involves the body. However, there are also exercises/stretches for the face and neck. This helps to give the muscles and skin a workout that can provide the same benefits as for the arms, legs, shoulders, back, etc. More on that later.
2. Drink 3 liters of water daily
you’ve probably heard that drinking 8 glasses of water is ideal for good health. It’s better to take it up a notch and drink 3 liters per day. That’s around 1 liter more than 8 8-ounce glasses. Studies show this is the sweet spot for getting maximum anti-aging benefits.
3. Wash/moisturize your neck
Just like your face, it’s ideal to moisturize your neck early morning, late-night, and after bathing. This will help to keep your neck hydrated and thus less likely to experience fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Wear sunscreen
Make sure to use SPF 30+ sunscreen when you go outdoors. This can help to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. You might not need SPF 30+ protection but it’s better to be on the safe side. You should also consider using “broad spectrum” sunscreen so it protects your neck from UVA/UVB rays.
5. Sleep on your back
People have their favorite sleeping position whether it’s on the front, side, or back. However, if you want to minimize the risk of wrinkles then sleep on your back with your legs fully extended and your arms to your side. This will allow better blood circulation and help reduce the risk of wrinkles in regions like the neck.
6. Stop smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and cigars
If you want healthier skin then stop smoking altogether. Ditch the idea that e-cigarettes are less unhealthy because they don’t contain nicotine. When you light a cigarette, it produces 100+ toxic chemicals and that will never be skin-friendly.
Top Exercises to Prevent Turkey Neck
1. Neck Lift
This exercise is what it sounds like. First, lie down on a bed or bench with the head hanging on the edge. Use the neck muscles to lift the head as high as possible. Repeat this repetition 5x. Make sure to stop this exercise immediately if you feel any neck pain.
As the name suggests this exercise involves chewing minus food and gum. Sit with a straight back. Tilt your head backward so the chin is pointing upwards to the ceiling. Use your mouth to make a chewing motion. Repeat this exercise 20x.
3. Forehead Push
This is an easy exercise to help prevent/treat turkey neck. Put on hand on the forehand. push with your hand without moving the head forward. hold the position for a full 10 seconds. Then put both hands behind the head and use your neck to push backward. Hold this position for a full 10 seconds.
This is another basic exercise that can help to prevent skin-aging effects on the neck. Sit down and maintain a straight back. Then lift the head so the chin is pointing up towards the ceiling. Keep your lips closed. Next, pout the lips like you were kissing someone. Then repeat 20x.
5. Neck Rolls
This is a common exercise that athletes do during warm-ups. Look towards the ceiling with your chin pointing towards it. Then slowly rotate your head in a clockwise direction until you make one full rotation.
When your eyes are looking back at 12:00 reverse direction and slowly rotate your neck counterclockwise one full turn. Repeat this exercise a few times in both directions.
Make sure to stop any of these exercises immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort. You should also use good form to get the best result and help prevent neck aging.