Many of us barely have time for a facial skincare routine, let alone factoring in time and money for our necks and chests! Yet these areas show signs of ageing much sooner meaning it’s worth investing in the best neck cream sooner rather than later.
This is because the skin around the neck and so-called décolleté area (a fancy name for your chest and cleavage) is fragile, finer and more delicate than on our faces.
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Therefore, especially as we get older, it’s essential we give our neck and cleavage area the TLC it truly deserves.
Contrary to popular belief, the best neck creams aren’t simply face creams disguised under a different name. They’re not a marketing ploy – well some might be, but generally they’re not!
Neck creams are, in fact, often thicker and contain ingredients to help lift and tighten the skin as it loses collagen and elastin overtime. You can read more about this in our guide on how to prevent wrinkles, and our explainer about what happens to skin and hair during menopause.
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While you can absolutely get away with using everyday face creams on this specific area in your early 20s, as you get older, it’s best to invest in a targeted neck cream.
Fortunately there is a whole host of creams on the market formulated to combat the signs of ageing around the neck and décolleté area. Below we have handpicked some of our favourites for you to try.
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Why we love it: If you’re looking to refresh mature skin and help it regain its natural radiance, Ageless by Prai is for you. Not only is it fantastic at toning up your neck and décolleté skin, it gives mature skin an incredible shine, and overall greatly improves skin elasticity.
It uses so-called SEPILIFT DPHP technology, along with a mix of potent mulberry, saxifrage and grape seed extracts, to brighten the skin and help fight the appearance of age spots and other forms of discolouration within the first seven days of use. Finished with a combination of Prai oil, shea butter and hyaluronic acid, this crème is highly nourishing on the skin, and helps maintain a supple appearance, leaving skin feeling youthful and glowing.
£12.99 | Buy now from Superdrug
Why we love it: Protecting your neck and décolletage during the day is just as important as it at nighttime. During the day, using an SPF is the best anti-ageing product you could use and this lotion can be used on your face and your neck. It’s a 3-in-1 deal.
The Age Perfect Face, Neck & Décolleté Lotion easily absorbs and is non-greasy. Its re-hydrating formula contains Soya-Ceramide complex, which targets the sagging of the skin, while melanin-block helps reduce the appearance of age spots. What’s more, the pump dispenses the correct amount to use each time so you know there is no wastage when using this lotion.
Reviews have been consistently great and this lotion does everything it promises. It gives your skin a radiant look, helps reduce fine lines, and makes the visible creases on the chest area less noticeable.
L’Oréal is a high-street favourite when it comes to skincare and the price of this product, with its immediate effect, is worth every penny.
Why we love it: Elemis Pro Collagen Balm combines nature’s finest skin savers with scientific expertise to create skincare that delivers visible results. This formula is enriched with Omega 7 in sea buckthorn to repair and heal damaged skin (in particular age-related hyperpigmentation), padina pavonica which is a natural filler and nourisher to smooth fine lines, polysaccharides to instantly tighten, and amino acid-packed algae which works like collagen to increase elasticity.
This balm also stimulates calcium production, which supports the building blocks of the skin meaning that the neck area appears firmer and smoother. Another bonus is that the rose and mimosa scent is incredible! While the price tag is high, a little of this product goes a long way: two-three pumps easily serves the whole neck and chest area so it’s worth the investment in our opinion.
£44 | Buy now from Boots
Why we love it: IT Cosmetics was created by Jamie Kern Lima who was a former title winner of Miss Washington in 1999. She wanted to build a community of self-love and her skincare is all based around being confident in your skin. You can read all about IT Cosmetics as it was one of our Brand Spotlights series.
As a result, IT Cosmetics has gained recognition for its brilliant CC creams and moisturisers and this Neck Cream is (almost) second to none. The only reason is doesn’t feature higher up this list of the best neck creams is because of its price.
With endless amazing reviews, this cream helps transform the appearance of your neck, neckline and chest; it helps improve the horizontal lines that you get around your neck leaving your skin around your neck firm, hydrated and rejuvenated. It’s great for all skin types, too.
Using ingredients such as fucoidan seaweed extract, shea butter and a Tri-Structural Complex – composed of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid – this moisturiser will give you the appearance of younger-looking skin.
Within a week use of day and night, there has been a visible difference and with continued use, you will notice a powerful difference, your neck looking tighter and firmer.
£16.50 | Buy now from Lookfantastic
Why we love it: This neck cream, from Sanctuary Spa is incredible value for money and outperforms many more expensive creams on the market. The formula is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin, and can be used as a day and night cream for an extra shot of moisture.
It’s enriched with nourishing shea butter and hydrating hyaluronic acid to give thirsty skin an instant glow, and it gives the neck and décolleté area a plumped and firmer look in a matter of weeks. The rose geranium essential oil and rosa centifolia flower extract, combined with lavender and frankincense essential oils, gives this product a beautiful and relaxing long-lasting scent.
£38 | Buy now from This Works
Why we love it: The Perfect Cleavage Firming Lotion by This Works is a great combination of natural essential oils and plant extracts, making this formula extremely effective at tightening and brightening the delicate neck and cleavage area.
It’s enriched with a blend of tightening larch extract, soothing algae, renewing rose and cell renewal boosting comfrey root, plus brightening Vitamin C for reducing UV exposure damage. It smells great, leaves skin with a beautiful sheen and it’s good value for money.
£28.95 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Yeouth’s firming neck cream is packed with antioxidants including green tea, which encourages cell healing to protect and repair ageing skin, Vitamin C to improve collagen, synthesise and brighten skin, and argireline to help relax the muscles to delay the appearance of wrinkles.
After only a few applications, the skin around our neck and cleavage area appeared hydrated and firmer, and uneven skin tones were more balance. At just under the £30 mark, it’s safe to say the results achieved from this product are great value for money.
£36 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: This deeply moisturising neck and décolleté cream from IMIM is infused with a combination of peptides to stimulate natural cell collagen and elastin production, and speed up cell renewal to improve skin elasticity and firmness. It leaves skin feeling super soft after only a few applications.
This formula is fantastic for those with sensitive skin as it does not include any harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens and fragrance (read more about these in our guide to clean beauty). It’s also cruelty free and suitable for vegans. It certainly lives up to its loyal online following.
Why we love it: This creme glides on effortlessly and gives your skin a boost of hydration as well giving you the appearance of supple skin.
Many reviews have said that it leaves the skin looking radiant and plump and Estée Lauder’s Resilience Multi-Effect Tri-Peptide Face and Neck Crème also makes the skin around your neck more resilient. It’s so powerful, it’s said to give you a smooth youthful look in just three days!
Within four weeks, the skin texture is more refined and fine lines are reduced by a staggering 91%. This is another great day cream, as well, because it adds SPF 15 to the mix.
Annie has a degree in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University. Since graduating, Annie has freelanced for a travel magazine and is a senior account executive for a technology PR consultancy based in London, where her main role is content creation.