The neck area needs a lot of sunscreen love, just like all of your skin. But if your face needs a special sunscreen formula, does your neck need a specific product too?
The neck area needs a lot of sunscreen love, just like all of your skin. But if your face needs a special sunscreen formula, does your neck need a specific product too? Let’s go through the differences between face and body sunscreens before we answer your primary question.
Face Sunscreen vs Body Sunscreen
Sunscreens formulated for the face and body basically differ in consistency and ingredients. The thicker skin on the body needs and tolerates thicker formulas and stronger chemicals.
Sunscreens designated specifically for the face are lightweight, offer some sort of skincare benefit, and can safely be applied near sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose, and mouth.
What kind should of sunscreen should I use on my neck?
The answer is that it’s a toss-up, as long as the SPF is at least 30. It comes down to personal preference ... unless you have any of the following concerns:
You wear makeup all the way down your neck. You want to stick with a facial sunscreen the whole way down, as it will lay better beneath your makeup with its lighter consistency.
You have serious concerns about visible signs of ageing on the neck. You want to find a good facial sunscreen formulated with ingredients that aid in anti-ageing neck protection, such as vitamin C and other antioxidants.
You have short hair or wear your hair up and are outdoors for extended periods. You need a body sunscreen in this case, particularly for the back of the neck. This is often the No. 1 place people forget to apply sunscreen. If the back of your neck is sun-damaged and sagging, you can bet the front will be too, in time.
Why is it important wear sunscreen on my neck?
The neck is a particularly important place to wear sunscreen. When you have thin skin in an area prone to sagging, collagen and elastin are essential to keeping that area youthful and undamaged. UVA rays in particular break down collagen and elastin, which is especially visible and detrimental in a delicate area such as the neck.
Protecting the neck with sunscreen ensures those UVA rays can’t reach the skin to do their damage. Some great options for neck sunscreen include:
Each of these sunscreens contains hydrating ingredients and antioxidants in addition to SPF ingredients, which makes these products ideal for the neck. Not loving any of them? Check out all of our sunscreens for more options!