How to Live Happily Ever After with Your Neck
Part 2 of a 3-Part Series: Natural Anti-aging Care for the Neck Paradoxically, the part of the body that needs the most care and attention to remain youthful-looking generally gets the least. Even people who pamper their face with expensive creams and salon treatments routinely ignore their necks. Start Loving Your Neck: Commit to a 7-Point Rejuvenation Plan Regardless of your age, it's never to begin a healthy relationship with your neck – or to start looking younger by cultivating a disciplined in-depth neck-care regimen. 1. Minimize UVA damage. (a) Stay out of direct sunlight. (b) Wear a mineral-based sun block. 2. Handle with care (a) Avoid soap, alcohol-based astringents, and other harsh skincare products. (b) Never scrub your neck! (c) Minimize lines and wrinkles by sleeping on your back. 3. Keep skin super-hydrated with plant-derived humectants and emollients.4. Control inflammation. (a) Avoid overuse of retinoids. (b) Apply soothing natural anti-inflammatories such as green tea, chamomile, and aloe vera. 5. Kick harmful lifestyle habits. (a) Don't smoke. (b) Lower your sugar intake. (c) Shun yo-yo dieting. 6. Promote optimal cell function and stimulate cell renewal. (a) Eat a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and proteins. (b) Use green skincare treatments that comprise the same vital nutrients. (c) Maintain a balanced exfoliation routine - Find the healthy midpoint between too much and not enough. (i.) Gently slough off old skin with a soft washcloth or sponge. (ii.) Use safe, non-irritating but highly effective natural exfoliants such as finely ground tree nuts. 7. Slow age-related tissue atrophy, sagging, and wrinkling (a) Stimulate circulation throughout your body with a vigorous fitness routine. (b) Use massage and acupressure techniques to improve blood flow and relax wrinkles. (c) Restore muscle and bone mass with facial and neck exercises. Although generations of women have relied on face and neck exercises to delay and help repair the visible signs of aging, this traditional practice remains controversial among mainstream beauty experts. In my next post, I'll discuss the facts behind the opinions of this widely misunderstood anti-aging method.