Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: How Do I Fix My Neck Area? Plus More...

Jun 01, 2023
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: How Do I Fix My Neck Area? Plus More...


Hello and Happy Friday! My name is Dr. Ryan Shelton and I am so shocked it’s already June! I thought we’d kick this month off with some great questions from customers who wrote to me in May and needed some help with their skincare routine. First up is Kelly from Peoria, AZ.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan, I’m new to skincare and don’t know much, but I really need something to help me out with my neck area. I’m ok with the rest of my face but I’m getting jowls and they are starting to make me feel so insecure. What do I do?

Sagging skin around neck 

A: Hi Kelly! I’m always sad to hear when my customers aren’t feeling confident in their own skin, but I’m glad you came to me for help with this issue. I have a really great recommendation for you…

Usually, the biggest concern people have with their aging complexion is wrinkles and fine lines, but sagging skin around your chin and neck area can certainly make you feel down about the way you look as well.

Over the years, gravity is pulling your skin in this area downwards, but when you’re younger it’s not such a huge problem because your body is still producing a good amount of collagen and elastin.

For most people, collagen and elastin production can start to slow down in your 20s and 30s. After that, you can lose around 1% each year!

To help slow this process down, the first thing you should do is start using a Neck Firming Cream like the one I have in my store.

A neck cream is going to help ramp up collagen and elastin production in your skin so that you don’t see “jowls” or “turkey neck” starting to form.

Instead, what you’ll start to notice is a smooth, sculpted neck area!

And that’s not all…

You’ll also start to see any sagging skin in this area start to tighten and firm up, taking a few years off your appearance.

If you don’t already have a Neck Firming Cream in your routine, it’s an absolutely essential product to help reverse the signs of aging you’re starting to see.

I hope this solves your problem, Kelly. Thanks for reaching out and good luck!

My next question comes from Jodi in Eugene, OR.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I know your area of expertise is skincare, but I was wondering if I could ask you a makeup question. What’s the best type of product to use instead of foundation for a 60-year-old?

foundation on a makeup brush 

A: Hi Jodi! Yes, my area of expertise is certainly skincare, but over the years I’ve gathered a lot of tips and tricks when it comes to makeup - even though I don’t wear any! I can absolutely help you with this question and give you a few bonus tips to help you get the results you want from your makeup look.

Foundation is a great product to use to help you cover up any blemishes and imperfections on your face, but at a certain age, you might want to start looking for something a little lighter.

That’s because foundation has a knack for settling into creases in your skin like wrinkles and fine lines, making them stand out a bit more.

If your problem was related to an actual skincare concern, I'd usually recommend a change in skincare products, but in this case I’m going to suggest something a little different…

One of my favorite alternatives to foundation is BB cream. It’s lightweight, moisturizing, and creates a beautiful, clear complexion without that cakey look.

Of course, it doesn’t replace moisturizer so I would still recommend keeping up with your skincare routine and protecting your hydration levels with a cream like my Repair and Release, but if you’re looking for a more lightweight product that isn’t going to emphasize your wrinkles, a BB cream is the way to go.

If you still have a bottle of foundation lying around, you could also try mixing a bit of it with the Repair and Release Cream to create a BB cream of your own!

Now, this may not work with all foundations and the products may not mix well together, but it’s certainly worth a try!

Either way, if you stay on top of your skincare routine, you might even get to a point where you don’t feel the need for a BB cream at all.

Thanks for asking this question, Jodi, it’s great to be able to answer a makeup-related question once in a while!