Moisturiser is essential for pretty much every part of the body: face, lips, body, hair. It stands to reason that your neck needs moisturiser too, but are there any special reasons for this?
Balanced pH = Beautiful Skin
Skin's primary function is to protect you. Skin also regulates body temperature, excretes toxins through perspiration, allows you to feel your surroundings, and produces vitamin D.
Your skin consists of several layers that work together to accomplish these tasks. An important layer that's often overlooked is the lipid barrier, or the topmost layer. The lipid barrier is responsible for preventing water loss and maintaining a healthy pH balance, both of which are incredibly important to the neck.
The thinner skin on the neck is much more susceptible to incur and show damage. An unbalanced lipid layer, and thus an unbalanced pH, can create itchy, inflamed, and potentially infected skin. The best way to keep your lipid barrier safe, balanced, and strong is to give skin the hydration it needs through moisturiser.
Finding the Right Moisturiser for Your Neck
Neck moisturiser doesn't have to meet the same standards as your facial moisturiser. Breakouts are much more common on the face than the neck. Therefore, concern about thicker consistencies and comedogenic ingredients isn't as relevant.
Almost any moisturiser will help reinforce your lipid barrier, prevent flaking and itchiness, and minimise signs of ageing on the neck. Choosing the right consistency depends on your skin, of course, but don't necessarily go by the skin on your face.
Take a look at the skin on your neck in particular.
- Is your neck itchy and scaly? Try a thick hydrating cream such as Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance.
- Seeing some signs of ageing? Thalgo Collagen Cream is totally up your alley.
- Normal skin? Check out any of our awesome moisturiser options for tons of choices.
Bonus Points for Your Neck Moisturiser
SUNSCREEN! Sunscreen is the name of the game. With brands such as Alpha-H and Dermalogica making great protective moisturisers, you have no excuse not to use SPF on your neck. Sunscreen helps limit damage to the lipid barrier tenfold and prevents premature ageing. So why wouldn't you use it?
There you have it! Hope we taught you a little more about how to keep your neck smooth, hydrated, and youthful-looking. Check out our Ultimate Guides to moisturiser and sunscreen if you have any more questions! We're here to help.