We all want to look our best, especially when it comes to our face, and many of us take regular steps to ensure that we do.

For some women, this requires using botox to reduce the onset of wrinkles, muscle tension and facial lines, in an attempt to maintain a more youthful appearance.

But how do you combat saggy neck skin?

Often the skin around the neck show’s some of our first signs of ageing, usually because of a loss of elasticity.

If this is something you are noticing for the first time, it can be a quite confronting experience. So, here are 12 ways to improve your sagging neck skin.

All of which should help you eradicate this nuisance, and eliminate any feelings of self-consciousness you may be experiencing about it.

Why does neck skin sag?

Before we jump into those tips, you might be wondering why the sagging of neck skin occurs.

Typically, this happens when the skin around our neck begins to lose its elasticity. When it does this, jowls tend to form within the loose skin, that is around both the jawline and neck.

Over time, as you get older, the sagging of your neck skin, as well as other excess skin, can result in what is commonly referred to as ‘turkey neck’. 

This tends to be accelerated by various factors including overexposure to the sun, which can cause your skin to lose vital proteins like elastin and collagen, as well as sudden weight loss.

Ways to Improve Sagging Neck Skin 

So now that we know how sagging neck skin occurs, an obvious question to ask is how can we prevent it?

Well, there are a number of things you can do to counter its onset. Including the following strategies:

1. Drink plenty of water

We all know that drinking water is essential to good health, as it prevents dehydration, flushes out toxins, increases energy and promotes weight loss. But it is also a crucial factor in helping to maintain your skin’s elasticity as well.

Women who drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, are less likely to suffer from wrinkles, soft lines and scars, as compared to those who drink less. They also won’t convey quite as many signs of aging as well.

2. Get a full night’s sleep

We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘beauty sleep’. Well, this isn’t an old wives tale.

A continued lack of sleep can result in hanging eyelids, paler skin, swollen eyes, more wrinkles and fine lines, darker under eye circles and of course sagging neck skin.

Getting a full night’s sleep of between 7 to 9 hours every night is crucial. As it has been proven to help your skin repair itself by increasing blood flow, rebuilding collagen and relaxing the muscles in your face. So, be sure to make this a priority for yourself.

If you are struggling to fall asleep, try reducing your screen time before going to bed, reading, meditating or listening to relaxing sleep music.

3. Manage your weight

While managing your weight isn’t a solution to fix sagging neck skin per se, it is a way to reduce your chances of getting it in the first place. 

When one gains weight, it can stretch their skin. Thus, if you then quickly lose weight afterwards, it can result in saggy skin developing.

To prevent this from happening, it is worth trying to maintain as healthy a weight as you can the older you get, through a combination of a good, balanced diet and exercise.

To put it simply, if you do this, you’ll reduce your chances of your skin, and in particular neck skin, from stretching to unsightly levels.

4. Eat these 12 types of foods

Nutrition is very important for your health, and what you eat does influence it.

You should always aim to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of vitamin rich foods like fresh fruit, vegetables and salad, as this will contribute to you having healthy skin.

In particular, you should also make a point of trying to eat these 12 types of food, as they have been proven to be very beneficial. 

5. Do neck stretches and facial yoga

It’s worth regularly doing neck stretches as it can help to tighten your skin and firm up your neck muscles.

Try looking up at the ceiling and revolving your neck around slowly. If you do this, the repeated stretching and relaxing of your lower facial muscles and tissues can make them active. Which in turn might cause more collagen to be produced – thus reducing signs of sagging and aging.

Facial yoga is another good thing to do as well. This involves stimulating your neck and facial muscles through the act of stretching.

If you can, try and do this for at least half an hour every day, as this will help to tighten your skin and give you a more youthful looking appearance.

6. Take collagen supplements

A good way to top up your collagen levels is to take supplements, after consulting a doctor.

Doing this will increase your body’s production of collagen, as well as facilitate greater skin elasticity. It will also help to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised.

7. Get a hot massage

Regularly getting a hot massage can help to repair dryness and wrinkles, as well as regenerating and revitalising your skin.

As hot massages trigger the formation of collagen within your skin, having one will kickstart cell repair and renewal.

This in turn will result in it being softer, more supple and better moisturised, and should see your neck skin start to retract and tighten.

8. Use cucumber pastes

Cucumber pastes are very effective as a hydrating and deeply moisturising agent. So, you might consider one of them.

By conditioning the loose and worn skin it can completely rejuvenate your cells. Thus, making your skin appear fuller, tighter and plumper.

9. Get an almond oil massage

Rich in vitamin E, which is a critical property for anti-aging, almond oil can be an effective treatment for sagging neck skin.

By prompting the formation of collagen, it also helps to increase blood circulation around your neck area, as well as tone and tighten the saggy areas of skin.

10. Apply skin tightening cosmetic creams

Something else you might want to try is wrinkle-lift skin creams.

These can be very effective in reducing sagging skin due to the powerful firming and skin rejuvenation vitamins they contain.

Any of the brands of anti-aging creams, serums or moisturisers that you can buy for your face, should also work well on your neck too.

 11. Wear a banana peel neck mask

You should be eating lots of bananas throughout the week, on account of them providing you with a boost of both lutein and antioxidants. Both of which make your cells much stronger, more active and elastic.

However, there is no harm in wearing a banana mask too, in an attempt to firm up your sagging neck skin.

You can buy them at any good beauty store. Alternatively, you can even make them yourself as well.

12. Get neck liposuction

If all else fails and you want a quicker solution, why not consider neck liposuction?

By removing excess fat, procedures like this treatment at VCI can completely and permanently improve your jawline.

It can also significantly enhance your facial framing and neck contours too. Which should leave you with skin, within those areas, to be proud of.