After months of wearing your hair down, your neck may have had sun protection but what about the dirt? You can’t avoid a little sweat and dirt but most of us don’t pay much attention to caring for our neck, until we get a little older. After a few blasts of hairspray and some skipped neck washes, you could end up with a noticeably, dirty neck. If you’ve got some spring updos planned, that’s not acceptable–in fact it’s downright embarrassing. Now that warmer weather is on the way, make it a point to pay a little more attention to this sensitive area. For a pretty neck the area should look clean and bright with evenly toned skin.
Get pretty neck skin like this:
Pull the hair back and up to get to the skin. If you have long hair, pile it up on top of your head with a ponytail holder. Wear a shirt with a loose neck or just wrap your upper body with a towel.
Now is a good time to review your skin, examining moles and any spots that you haven’t noticed before. As always, if a mole changes color, this should prompt you to visit your dermatologist. According to the National Cancer Institute, changes in mole shape should be reported too.
Place a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing from dirt and water. Now dampen a fluffy washcloth with warm water and a squirt of body gel. Slough away dirt at the front, sides and back of the neck. When working at the front of the neck, avoid tugging down on the neck skin. Instead, scrub using upward motions. Don’t tug on the thin, sensitive skin of your neck. Rinse the cloth with cool water and wipe the soap from your skin.
For stubborn discoloration, use a loofah to scrub at the skin for about 30 seconds. Rinse the skin and pat the neck dry with a fluffy towel. Keep your hair up for a few minutes to allow the skin to dry completely.
Lastly, apply a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from unwanted sun exposure. If you have spots from the sun, you should use a spot treatment cream to even out the skin tone.