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What causes sagging neck, droopy neck, turkey neck, neck cording? And how can you fix or firm it?
While aging, thinning skin, gravity, sun exposure are to blame in par, the main culprit for sagging neck skin is the platysma muscle.
The platysma muscle gets shorter, stiffer and weaker as we age.
This major muscle in the neck is a power horse when it comes to lifting/firming the neck area and the whole lower part of your face.
The platysma muscle is a flat, broad muscle that stretches across the entire upper chest, up the sides of the neck, under the chin and wraps across the lower whole jaw bone.
This muscle is also used to move the mouth and lips up and down and sideways.
So the beauty of firming up the platysma muscle is that it can help improve the look of your neck AND jowls, droopy mouth corners, and marionette lines......
In terms of keeping your lower face lifted – the platysma is essential.
The problem is this muscle sags pretty early in life because it is a “floating muscle.” A floating muscle means it's not attached to facial ligaments or bone. And, to make things worse, the platysma is naturally pulled forward by its own contraction.
Also, with age, the platysma bands become stiff and fibrous and begin to separate in the center of the neck. This really contributes to the aging look of the neck.
This separation also contributes to those vertical bands that run up and down the front center of the neck - sometimes referred to as “turkey neck” or neck cording.1
There are a few things you can do to help improve the look of a sagging neck. Keep in mind, this is a very difficult area to improve without surgery.
But, I have found a few things that really help. You'll see my before and after pictures later...
1. Exercise the muscles
Exercise the face and neck to create a good solid facial muscle foundation. Face and neck muscles are connected, so improving muscle tone can help your efforts to fix a sagging neck. Plus, your face and skin will have a more refreshed youthful appearance. Here is more on why we age better with facial exercises.
2. Massage and stretch
The skin loves to be touched and massaged, contrary to what most women think. Massaging the skin adds to your anti-aging efforts. 2
Massaging benefits include:
Try this great exercise to try a few times a week (in between face exercises). This exercise not only massages the skin, but stretches and firms the platysma muscle.
Neck Ring Eraser
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• Extend your neck up toward ceiling, leading with your chin and stretch with your bottom jaw.
• Make a loose fist with both your hands. Your thumbs stick out away from your hands.
• Place the fingernail sides of both hands against the left side of your jawline and underneath the left ear area. Your hands are side-by-side.
You have now performed 1 slide/round.
Make 10 slides, moving left to the right and 10 slides right to left for a total of 20 slides. Do this about 3 times a week.
Note: If you have issues with your hands like arthritis, you can use a massaging tool like the Kansa wand to help tone and massage the neck skin and muscles. Click here to learn about this Ayurvedic massaging wand.
3. Hydrate and feed
To help further improve the quality and look of the skin hydrate it with a nutrient rich cream or oil. The neck has very little oil glands and applying a good skin cream can really make a temporary difference in how the neck looks.
I use CFF Moisture Plus on my face and neck. It's organic and very rich and little goes a long way.
Short of surgery, nothing will make your neck look like it did when you were 20. But the good news is, it’s fixable to a degree.
1. A comprehensive Face and Neck exercise program is a natural and effective solution to help firm the neck area - and the rest of the face.
2. Massage and stretching the skin and muscles keeps them in shape.
3. Hydrating the skin makes it look smoother and softer - temporarily, while feeding it with a good anti-aging cream may help slow the aging process.
How do I know these tips work?
Because I've been doing them for a while. You can see my BEFORE AND AFTER NECK PICTURES HERE...
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