NGL, I used to think that neck creams were a scam. Like why couldn’t I just use my face cream on my neck? But after bringing this up to my derm, I quickly learned that neck cream actually does serve a purpose. Let me put it this way: The skin on your neck is different than the skin on your face. There’s less collagen and fewer oil glands, so the skin on your neck is usually dryer and looser than the skin on your face. Because of this, neck creams are usually a little thicker and more moisturizing than face creams and they’re filled with ingredients that tighten and lift. Who knew?
That being said, you absolutely do not need a neck cream—there’s nothing wrong with letting your skin/body do its natural thing in peace, and don’t let anyone (ahem, me!) convince you otherwise. BUT, if you do want to start a more targeted anti-aging routine for your neck, or if you wanna cover all your bases just in case, I went ahead and found the best 10 neck creams for legit every single concern, ahead.
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Best Splurge-Worthy Neck Cream
Revision Skincare Nectifirm Advanced
Okay, so, yes—this neck cream is pricey. But, IMO, it’s worth every last penny because it legit works. It’s filled with red micro algae extract (to make your skin look more firm and lifted), peptides (to boost collagen production and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), and everlasting flower (to improve the texture of your skin). Seriously, it’s a miracle potion in a bottle.
Best Neck Serum
No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum
This neck serum works just as well as any neck cream out there, and the formula is super lightweight, so it won’t leave you with a greasy residue. It’s also filled with amino acids and ceramides that help your neck look brighter, firmer, and smoother.
Best Tightening Neck Cream
StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus
Is there anything this neck cream can’t do? Not only does it hydrate, smooth, strengthen, and brighten your skin, but it also helps to visibly tighten it, thanks to a lifting complex in the formula that targets crepe-y looking skin.
Best Drugstore Neck Cream
RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream SPF 30
FYI, you don’t have to spend a sh*t ton of money on a neck cream. This one is under $30 and because of the vitamin E swimming around in the formula, it’s sooo moisturizing and protects against free radicals that can cause pre-mature aging.
Best Neck Cream with Retinol
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion
Retinol—aka the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients—is the MVP of this neck cream. It works to plump up your skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, while also increasing cell turnover to make your skin look bright and smooth.
Best Vegan Neck Cream
Algenist Elevate Firming & Lifting Neck Cream
This vegan neck cream works just as well as the conventional ones—trust. If you’re dealing with loose skin and fine lines, this combo of alguronic acid and peptides will help to tighten, brighten, and hydrate to legit transform your skin.
Best Brightening Neck Cream
NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream
Whether it’s on your face or on your neck, dealing with hyper-pigmentation can be mad annoying. Thankfully, this neck cream can help you deal with those dark spots. With antioxidants (including vitamin E), amino acids, and shea butter, this cream will make your skin softer, smoother, and brighter.
Best Neck Cream for Fine Lines
IS Clinical Neckperfect Complex
If you’re over dealing with fine lines on your neck, go for this neck cream. There’s hyaluronic acid swimming around in the formula—it’s a hydrating ingredient that plumps the skin and improves the appearance of fine lines.
Best Neck Cream for Dry Skin
Olay Total Effects Night Firming Treatment
Best Neck Cream with SPF
Perricone MD Cold Plasma+ Neck & Chest Broad Spectrum SPF 25
Fact: You need to apply SPF to your face and your neck every single day. This neck cream not only moisturizes and firms, but it also helps block UVA/UVB rays which can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmention.
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