Focusing on the skin on your face may mean that you are neglecting other areas. Paying attention to the neck and chest also has its benefits.

When it comes to taking care of your skin, most people focus only on the face. Every little line and spot becomes the center of your attention. But, while you are spending time focusing on the face, you are neglecting other areas that need the same amount of attention. Just look down!

The skin on your neck and chest area is very thin and can show the signs of aging even faster than the face. This includes fine lines and wrinkles, skin sagging, dryness, environmental damage and deep creases. But not to worry, there are several simple steps you can follow to give your neck and chest area a more youthful looking appearance.

Skincare products are not just for the face.
Make it a habit to always treat your neck as an extension of your face. If you are cleansing your face, then continue down and cleanse your neck using your gentle facial cleanser. Apply your toner, serum, moisturizer, mask and scrub, as they will all help keep the skin on your neck in its best shape. If you are worried about lines on your neck, then apply your line minimizing serum as diligently as you do to your face. Always look for skincare products that contain antioxidant vitamins to help combat free radicals – antioxidants are a primary contributor to premature aging. If you incorporate care for your neck into your daily skincare regimen, you will see and feel a noticeable difference in your skin.

Moisturizing is mandatory.
When it comes to hydrating the skin on your neck, a good moisturizer is essential. Your neck has fewer oil glands than your face and as a result, it is more susceptible to dryness and irritation. By keeping the skin moisturized, it will help to plump the skin and keep it more elastic and mobile. Make a habit to moisturize your neck every morning and evening before bedtime for a more youthful appearance.

SPF is a must.
Protecting your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun is probably the most important beauty tip of all. And, believe it or not, many people simply forget to apply sunscreen products to their neck. If your skin is exposed, it must be protected – end of story. If you are wearing a tank top, scoop neck, button-up, polo shirt, or no shirt at all, you need to apply SPF. Skin that is exposed to the sun is subject to all kinds of damage, including burning, wrinkles, spotting and capillary damage. Use sunscreen appropriate for your level of sun exposure and activity. SPF 30 is adequate for most people during ordinary exposure to the sun. A day at the beach or other long-term exposure might require more protection or reapplication. Always use according to label directions.

Adjust your sleeping position.
This one is probably the most difficult because we all tend to sleep in the position we are most comfortable in. But, if you can, try to sleep on your back. This will help to prevent those lines and creases from developing on the upper part of your body. When you sleep on your side, you are contributing to the problem. Tonight, when you’re in bed, lie on your side and look down. You will see how your skin folds, and you will notice where the creasing has begun and where you are most likely to end up with permanent wrinkles. You can buy different types of pillows and pads that will help you avoid this kind of wrinkling. However, if you can teach yourself to sleep on your back, do it. This will also benefit the skin on your face.

Give your neck a break.
Think about how much time you spend looking down at your phone or computer. Chances are that there are times you are locked into your devices reading text messages, writing emails and maybe even watching videos. Repetitive motion and holding a constant position will ultimately affect the condition of the skin on the neck. When your neck is locked in one place for an extended period of time, it’s bound to leave a crease. It’s no different than getting a wrinkle in your pants after sitting for too long. Make a point to stretch your neck from side to side and front to back regularly during the day. Adjust your position, raise your computer screen to eye level or just disconnect more frequently. Whatever it takes, give your neck a break.

Taking care of your skin is the best thing you can do for your overall skin health. It takes just minutes a day and the lifelong results are worth every second of your time. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful. And that includes skin everywhere, not just on your face    .

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife.