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In Nora Ephron's famous essay вЂњI Feel Bad About My Neck,вЂќ she writes one witty but pointed line in her knowing humor about why she's uncomfortable about this particular body part. вЂњOur faces, our lies, and our necks are the truth,вЂќ she muses. In Ephron's eyes, there's not much beyond surgery and strategic clothing that can hide this fact. But what if lotions were able to trick time from the chin down? Enter: a new approach to skincare.
вЂњWe often overlook body skin, which is a mistake, especially on the neck, the dГ©colletage, and the backs of the hands,вЂќ says Jennifer Herrmann, a Beverly Hills dermatologist. вЂњMany of my 50- and 60-year-old patients are more bothered by their loose neck skin than by lines and wrinkles on their faces.вЂќ
While there's not much to be done about the general aging process, perhaps Herrmann's tips for smoother skin at any age can push off Ephron's recommendation (wearing a turtleneck) for now. Preventing sun damage early on is key, so Herrmann says those in their 20s and 30s should start slathering on body creams containing an SPF of at least 30 as soon as possible. Dryness should be the main concern of older women's skincare routines, especially those in their 50s and 60s, so Jennifer says that products with lactic acid will help remove that flaky layer. Seal in extra moisture with lotion right after a shower, she notes, preferably one that's lukewarm.
вЂњIdeally, body creams should contain SPF if used for areas that are frequently sun-exposed, and depending on how dry the skin is, varying degrees of oil, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lactic acid, and ceramides help, too,вЂќ she says.
Herrmann opts for cream-based products over water-based ones. вЂњThe body requires heavier cream-based products to really seal in moisture and leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated,вЂќ she says. Naturally, we asked for her favorites, and most of them will cost less than a cozy, if not concealing, sweater.
вЂњA combination of DNA repair enzymes, peptides, and botanicals work together to target and repair damage at the DNA level,вЂќ Herrmann says. вЂњThis helps to restore healthy skin and minimize the signs of aging. It's a perfect product to use on the neck and chest.вЂќNeutrogena Norweigan Hand Cream $4Shop
вЂњThis glycerin-rich cream is perfect for very dry hands and feet,вЂќ she says. вЂњAlthough very protective, it isn't greasy, which makes it a practical option on these areas.вЂќAveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream $11Shop
вЂњOatmeal and glycerin help make this a soothing option for those with dry, itchy skin,вЂќ Herrmann notes. вЂњIt's inexpensive, fragrance-free, and works well for daily full-body use.вЂќ
вЂњThe lactic acid is a gentle exfoliant, which helps peel away dead skin,вЂќ she says, especially on the legs. вЂњIt's also fragrance-free and formulated for even the most sensitive, rosacea-prone skin.вЂќJosie Maran Divine Drip Honey Butter Balm $42Shop
вЂњA little goes a long way,вЂќ she recommends. вЂњThis balm has a combination of shea, cocoa, and mango butters as well as argan oil and vitamin E, which all add intense moisture and shine for the driest skin.вЂќCeraVe Moisturizing Cream $13Shop
вЂњThis is a simple and affordable favorite for dry and sensitive skin,вЂќ Jennifer says. вЂњCeramides help repair the skin barrier, which is important for those with conditions like rosacea and eczema.вЂќThrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil $15Shop
вЂњIt's so simple,вЂќВ Herrmann says. вЂњBut it's very non-irritating and hydrating, especially on inflamed skin!вЂќNeutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin $16Shop
вЂњHyaluronic acid binds water and gives skin a dewy look,вЂќ Jennifer says. вЂњThis product is inexpensive and greatВ for continuous layering throughout the day on thinner skin areas like the neck. It's soothing and can help mitigate the dryness and redness caused by other anti-aging products, like retinoids.вЂќMurad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum $88Shop
вЂњThe time-released retinol in this product is especially good for sensitive skin,В and it's mixed with hyaluronic acid to deliver it more gently,вЂќ she says.Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray $8Shop
Last but not least comes a brand we all know and love, but in a new form.
вЂњFor intensely dry, flaking skin, Aquaphor has recently been formulated into a spray for easier application over larger areas like the back and legs, instantly transforming their smoothness without the sticky, greasy application by hand,вЂќВ Herrmann notes.