“Neck creams geared toward firming should provide moisturization (via ingredients like peptides, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid), antioxidants to prevent and treat fine lines and discoloration, and collagen-stimulating ingredients to provide lift and volume,” Beverly Hills–based plastic surgeon Millicent Rovelo, MD, tells me. “They should be applied to the neck and décolletage area twice a day. In the morning, I would apply a separate layer of sunscreen on top of the moisturizer for added SPF protection.”
Board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of Facile Dermatology + Boutique Nancy Samolitis, MD, FAAD also weighs in. “I personally don’t think you necessarily have to buy a cream labeled ‘neck cream’ to get the best results on the neck,” she says. “I recommend using the same anti-aging ingredients that you normally would use on the face, but in a more cautious manner since the neck skin is delicate and can get irritated easily. I recommend a vitamin C/antioxidant serum like Facile’s in the morning followed by sunblock with at least 30 SPF containing zinc oxide.”
It also goes without saying that certain neck-firming creams will be far superior to others in terms of their ingredients and formulations, so I decided to ask an all-star grouping of experts to share the best formulas they actually deem effective and worth the investment. Keep scrolling for all of their picks and an explanation as to why they love and recommend them.