First, the bad news: You probably aren’t giving your neck the attention it needs. Because the skin on our neck is thin and sees quite a bit of sun (plus, you know, gravity), it can often show signs of aging sooner than other parts of the body. Now, the good news: There are steps you can take in preventing and addressing neck wrinkles and sagging—a.k.a. “turkey neck,” from skincare to devices to in-office treatments.

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What Causes Neck Sagging?

We hate to say it, but you’ve got thin skin (at least on your neck). “The dermis, the layer that contains collagen, is very thin, making it more prone to aging than other parts of the body,” says Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at the Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. A lack of sunscreen application may be to blame, she says. “Cumulative sun exposure over a lifetime has always been the main culprit of premature aging on the neck.”

On top of that, our cell phone addictions aren’t helping the cause. “Between sun exposure and the addition of looking at our phones repeatedly, we are seeing neck changes even earlier,” says Engelman. “With tech neck we also see tech spots, because cell phones emit radiation shown in mice models to cause oxidative stress to the skin structures. This can also lead to premature dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of premature aging.”

Is Neck Sagging Reversible?

Like any signs of aging, the long-term goal when reversing sagging is to increase collagen production. Look for products with retinol and peptides as well as hyaluronic acid, which plumps and hydrates skin.

More intensive, in-office procedures are an option too. “Neurotoxins can be used to soften neck banding, and smaller particle hyaluronic fillers can be used for fine lines and wrinkles in order to soften and rejuvenate the neck,” she adds.

Lasers and radiofrequency are a less invasive option. “Fractionated CO2 lasers work beautifully to help make the neck skin look younger, less wrinkled, and tighter,” she says. (Note that patients with acne or very dark skin may not be candidates for this type of treatment.) “Devices like BTL Exilis, which uses radio frequency and ultrasonic technology, have also been shown in studies to help tighten the skin and make it look more youthful.”

Do I Need to Use Different Products on My Neck?

“I often recommend my patients use the same products on their face and neck, especially when they are using retinols or retinoids,” advises Engelman. (And yes, this goes for sunscreen too.)

However, there are also tons of products intended specifically for neck usage. “I like Nectifirm by Revision Skincare and Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Neck and Decollete Firm & Repair Cream. It has antioxidants, retinyl linoleate, and tightening polymers to tighten skin,” she says.

Nectifirm Revision Skincare amazon.com $92.00 PREVAGE Anti-aging Neck and Decollete Firm and Repair Cream Elizabeth Arden dermstore.com $115.00

What Can I Do to Prevent Neck Wrinkles?

In addition to sunscreen and skincare, Engelman says it’s all about limiting the range of motion, so you don’t further stretch the skin. “Try to bring your cell phone up towards your face instead of moving your neck to look down at it,” reminds Engelman. “Because neck skin is thin and doesn’t have the healing capacity of other parts of the body, prevention is key.”

Can Exercise Help Prevent Neck Sagging?

Sorry to disappoint. “Truth be told, there aren’t great exercises to prevent wrinkling,” says Engelman. There are, however, some tools (like face rollers or gua sha) and treatments you can try to help your neck fight the good fight against gravity.

Neck Smoothing Kit Wrinkles Schminkles dermstore.com $30.00

This medical-grade silicone pad smooths the neck’s appearance after each use (each pad can be used up to 30 times).

Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool Mount Lai sephora.com $28.00

A natural alternative to fillers and retinol, gua sha has a devoted following (and storied Chinese beauty history). It may have a rep for smoothing away fine lines and increasing blood flow to the face, but this tool can be used on the neck too.

Neck Wrinkles: The 8 Best Prevention And Treatment Options

You work hard to prevent wrinkles on your face. You moisturize. You exfoliate. You protect it with sunscreen. Even with all that hard work and vigilance, many of us forget that the skin doesn’t stop at the chin. Yes, you may give plenty of attention to your face, but what about your neck?

The skin of your neck is just as delicate as the skin on your face. As such, it deserves to be treated with just as much care. Whether you’re concerned with preventing neck wrinkles from forming, or you’re looking to treat existing neck wrinkles, there are steps you can take restore the youthful appearance of your neck. This article gives you 8 of the best neck wrinkle prevention and treatment options.

1. Moisturize Your Neck

Preventing neck wrinkles follows much the same routine as preventing face wrinkles. A daily moisturizer works to keep your skin hydrated so the collagen and elastin can function to keep your skin taut and plump.

When you’re finished applying a moisturizer to your face, continue applying that same moisturizer to the skin on your neck. It’s best to use an oil-free formula so you don’t clog your pores. This can result in other problems like acne.

2. Apply An Anti-Aging Serum

Anti-aging serums work just as well on the neck as they do on the face. These anti-aging serums often contain wrinkle-fighting retinoids that can reduce the severity of the neck wrinkles that already exist. At the same time, they can work to prevent new neck wrinkles from forming.

3. Adjust Your Diet

It’s important that you provide your skin with the vitamins, minerals, and moisture it needs to function properly. These nutrients can, and should, be supplied from the outside in the form of creams and serums. But more importantly, they should also be supplied from the inside through your diet.

Preventing neck wrinkles begins by getting enough vitamin C, E, and A in the foods you eat. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of these, and other vitamins, so be sure to consume them every day. A piece of fruit with breakfast, a salad with lunch, and steamed or raw veggies with dinner is a great way to give your body what it needs.

It’s also a good idea to take a multivitamin every day. Doing so ensures that any deficiencies in your diet are covered by the multivitamin.

4. Drink Water

The water you consume every day keeps the skin of your neck supple and healthy and helps prevent neck wrinkles. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day to ensure that your body is hydrated.

If you find that difficult, start by drinking 2 cups of water first thing in the morning when you get out of bed. Then drink another 4-6 cups throughout the morning and afternoon. Try to refrain from drinking close to bedtime so you can sleep through the night.

5. Wear Sunscreen

Sun exposure and damage is one of the primary causes of neck wrinkles. Applying a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to your neck can help prevent future neck wrinkles from forming. And be sure to reapply the sunscreen every two hours to keep your skin protected. If you don’t have sunscreen, consider wearing a light scarf to keep the sun from striking your neck directly.

6. Exercise Your Neck

Regular neck exercise can also help treat existing neck wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. When your muscles are tighter, they pull on the skin the covers them. This can result in a tightening of sagging skin and a smoothing of neck wrinkles.

One of the simplest neck exercises is to sit in a chair and tilt your head up toward the ceiling. Pucker your lips like you’re trying to give someone a kiss. Then, stick out your tongue and try to touch your chin. You should feel the muscles and skin of neck tighten as you do this. Hold for a count of five and then return to a normal position. Start with 2 sets of 5 reps and work up from there.

7. Exfoliate Your Neck

Exfoliation encourages cell regeneration and gets rid of dirt and dead skin cells. It’s important to exfoliate the skin of your neck at least once a week if not more. But be sure to use a product that isn’t too harsh or you can cause more problems than you’re trying to prevent.

We recommend SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Cleansing Discs. The gentle yet effective combination of glycolic and lactic acid encourages exfoliation and removes dead skin cells. This cleansing effect will reveal the healthy, glowing skin underneath and help prevent new neck wrinkles from forming.

8. Surgical Treatment

Sometimes, treatment for neck wrinkles requires more than topical applications, exercise, and proper diet. Sometimes it requires surgical treatment.

Surgical treatments range in invasiveness from injections of fillers and Botox™ to surgery and neck lifts. While these treatments can be very effective at reducing neck wrinkles, they aren’t without risks. Surgical treatments come with side effects that range from small bumps or a bluish tinge to the skin (that can be permanent), to nerve damage and paralysis. Surgical treatments can also be very expensive and may require multiple doctor’s visits to be effective. Be sure to consult a physician or dermatologist before embarking on any course of treatment.

Fight Neck Wrinkles With A Daily Beauty Regimen

Fighting neck wrinkles with a daily beauty regimen is the best solution to the problem. Yes, diet will help, as will using a moisturizer every day. But doing just one or two is only half the battle. Combining options 1-7 above—healthy diet, exercise, and topical healers like moisturizers and anti-aging serums—is the best way to treat existing neck wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.

Dead cells noticeably dull your skin’s appearance. By exfoliating, you’ll remove these cells along with acne-causing dirt and oil accumulated in your pores. The fresh skin revealed is more easily penetrated by anti-aging products. Just remember to use products specifically designed for your skin type and avoid harsh ingredients. Always use a light touch and don’t over-exfoliate.

4. Opt for dermal fillers

Injectable dermal fillers plump up your skin in the targeted area while simultaneously smoothing the surface. Do some background research on the vast assortment of fillers on the market as their usage depends upon your desired outcome. When choosing this skincare technique to remove neck wrinkles, be aware that the results are only temporary.

5. Get Botox injections

Another option for eliminating neck wrinkles is Botox. This involves the injection of a small amount of botulinum toxin into your skin. Multiple side effects are associated with this product, so it should be discussed with a trained healthcare professional prior to injection.

6. Surgery

A number of procedures may be performed to get rid of neck wrinkles. Many involve removing a small amount of skin and stretching it back to its previous position, allowing neck skin to appear more taut. Anesthesia is used and recovery time varies.

How to prevent neck wrinkles

Interested in a proactive approach to neck wrinkles? Try one of the following strategies.

Always wear sunscreen

Shield your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Experts suggest applying sunscreen whenever you plan to be outdoors. Keep in mind, though, it’s still necessary to wear sunscreen when you’re using foundation. An SPF of at least 30 is recommended.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids keeps your skin looking and feeling great by drawing out the toxins you’re regularly exposed to. Furthermore, when your body becomes dehydrated, your skin loses elasticity and tone.

There are some cosmetic problems that seem to be almost universal, and are so bothersome to patients that I am asked about them daily. One of those is aging changes in the neck. Just like death and taxes, they affect us all. But thankfully, at least for the cosmetic problems, there are options. Now if only there were options to avoid death and taxes.

My patients say “I hate, hate, hate my neck. What can I do?” If you are saying the same thing or something similar with a few expletives thrown in for good measure, you are in good company so read on.

The neck is the most uniformly hated feature in people over 40. The skin on the neck is thin, with few oil glands and hair follicles to provide structural support. Unfortunately, necks are seldom protected from sun exposure by foundation and often not by sunscreen either. Fat pads under the chin and jawline drop, and fat accumulates. Gravity and muscle activity take a toll. And all of this while everything from above is falling down on top of the jawline. The result is a neck that is thickened, crinkly, loose, falling, with brown and red discoloration, wrinkles and a loose jawline. Just lovely.

Surgical treatments to remove skin and fat and to tighten the jawline are always an option. There is no question they provide the most dramatic results. At times a neck lift alone, liposuction under the jawline and chin can be performed either alone or in combination with good results. But often the results are not adequate without also having a facelift to remove and tighten the skin, fat and muscle that are falling down from above onto the jawline and neck. Kind of like putting on Spanx boy shorts, but having the muffin top spill over. For those patients who have early or moderate changes, or who don’t want a surgical option, some newer non-surgical treatments are being combined to offer improvement for the changes in the aging neck. These non-surgical options also address some of the changes that surgical options don’t, such as thinning crinkly skin, brown discoloration, and red blotchiness. When utilizing non-invasive options to treat the aging neck, often a combination of treatments gives the best results.

Non-Surgical Aging Neck Treatments:

  • Topical Retinoids and Cosmeceuticals—prescription retinoids such as tretinoin in its various forms such as Refissa, Renova, and Retin-A are the most effective, but can be irritating on the sensitive neck skin. Non-prescription retinol, and various cosmeceuticals such as fruit acids, peptides, antioxidants, growth factors, stem cells, vitamins, and botanicals all help with prevention of aging neck changes and can give some improvement. All of these are used daily, and over time increase the skin’s ability to repair itself, give improved texture, some increase in collagen leading to less crinkliness, and some improvement in pigmentation. Daily use, combined with daily sunscreen also help slow down aging changes in the neck.
  • Laser Resurfacing—fractional laser resurfacing with either an ablative CO2 laser (DEKA Smartxide DOT, Fraxel re:pair, Ultrapulse FX and others) or a non-ablative laser (Fraxel re:storeand others) can give improvement in lines, texture and surface abnormalities. Ablative lasers additionally can give some tissue tightening, but must be used very carefully to reduce the risk of scarring on the neck, which has been reported. If you decide to incorporate ablative laser resurfacing into your neck treatment, be sure you see a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in laser neck treatment, to reduce your risk of scarring.
  • Radiofrequency Tissue Tightening—radiofrequency energy treatments (Thermage and others) tighten skin on the face, jawline and neck. Results vary by patient depending on degree of tissue looseness, the amount and quality of collagen present, and the patient’s ability to make new collagen. It is done as a single treatment, which may be repeated at intervals for additional or ongoing results.

  • Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation (IPL)—a series of 3-5 IPL treatments improve brown and red discoloration and improve texture. Treatment should be done under the direct supervision of an experienced physician. That combined with scrupulous sun protection prior to treatment reduces the risk of an inadvertent superficial burn to the skin.

  • Botox/Dysport/Xeomin Injections—Botox treatment softens vertical “cords” or “bands” that are actually muscle contractions.

  • Sculptra—a new and exciting treatment option is a series of 3 or more treatment sessions of injections of Sculptra into the superficial tissue of the neck and upper chest. This stimulates your skin to make its own new collagen, improving crinkliness, looseness, wrinkles and thinning skin. Also very encouraging is the finding that when Sculptra treatments are given in conjunction with other non-invasive treatments the results achieved with those treatments are actually improved.
  • Future treatments—because of the high demand for non-surgical anti-aging neck rejuvenation, there is much ongoing research and development in new treatments. Two that are reportedly in the development pipeline are a modification of currently FDA approved cryolipolysis fat reduction technology and not yet FDA approved mesotherapy injections. Both would aim to reduce fat at the jawline and under the chin. Additionally there are multiple new radiofrequency and laser devices under investigation. And of course we are always modifying protocols involving our current treatments based on new scientific studies.
  • And don’t forget—apply sunscreen to your entire neck, including the sides and back, every single day. That helps prevent the sun induced collagen breakdown that loosens skin, and also causes red and brown discoloration. And seriously, it takes all of 10 seconds.

Treatment to improve the aging changes in the neck is challenging, but real improvement can be achieved, without surgery.

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Aging Neck Treatments

The skin around the neck is often the first skin to show the visible signs of aging. The neck is an area that we commonly forget to apply moisturizer or sunscreen, and as a result we lose collagen and develop wrinkles. Since we often forget to apply any special treatment to the neck area, it often shows premature aging. The aging neck is one of the most common complaints among my patients.

Treatment Options for an Aging Neck

There are many non-surgical options that can help rejuvenate the appearance of your neck. Dr. Michele Green has pioneered a combination of treatments designed to rejuvenate the neck area. From Botox® and Fraxel®, which will reduce lines and wrinkles, to Cool-Mini and Kybella which will reduce stubborn fat under the chin/neck area, to Thermage® and BBL for skin tightening. There are a myriad of modalities now available to make your neck look younger without surgery.

Botox for Aging Neck

Botox® is a drug derived from bacterial botulinum toxin, which Dr. Green uses cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing certain lines of facial expression. Botox® can be used effectively on the cords of the neck to create a “Nefertiti Lift” and reduce wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. The “Nefertiti Lift” involves carefully injecting Botox into the submental area and redining the jawline and neck area and providing a “lift” to the neck area. If you want help to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles around your neck, then Botox® may be the solution.

If a patient does not want to have a facelift, Botox® can be injected into your neck to tighten the neck area or just into the cords of your neck. Botox® will help the neck look better and younger. Patients will not look frozen or pulled back. The effects of Botox® last between 4 and 6 months. Botox injections takes less than 15 minutes and can be done during your lunch break. There is no down time or discomfort for this procedure.

Aging Neck Treatments with Fraxel

Another way to treat the aging neck is to laser those lines and age spots away. The Fraxel® Dual laser is equipped with two distinct settings, which means that you actually have two lasers in one. The 1927 wavelength is a state-of-the-art Thulium laser which allows Dr. Green to remove pigmentation, age spots, and sun damage from the top layer of the skin quickly, evenly and painlessly. Fraxel® Dual also has a second 1550 wavelength which Dr. Green utilizes to improve skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.

The Erbium technology focuses the energy in the deeper areas of the skin, stimulating new collagen production. The new collagen that is produced ultimately improves the fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and even helps reduce scars. Patients normally come to the office one hour before their appointment to apply a topical anesthetic, so that there is no discomfort during the procedure. There is minimal recovery time and patients can return back to work the same day after the procedure.

Reduce Submental Fat on the Neck with Cool Mini®

Another way to rejuvenate your neck and reduce submental fat is through the Cool-Mini®. The Cool-mini by CoolSculpting® is a technology which uses controlled cooling to dissolve fat. CoolSculpting technology uses controlled cooling to target these fat cells. In the weeks to follow, your body naturally processes the fat and these cells are decreased. The procedure can reduce the fat by approximately 20% in a given area. For a large neck, Dr. Green recommends scheduling two treatments spaced one month apart for the best cosmetic results.

The Cool-mini procedure takes only 45 minutes to be performed. During the procedure, you can listen to music and relax since there is no discomfort during the procedure. You can resume normal activities as soon as the procedure is completed. The full results can take four months to appear.

Kybella Treatment for Neck Lines

Another non-surgical procedure that Dr. Green uses to help treat Submental fat is Kybella®. Kybella is an FDA approved injection, from the makers of Botox®, which contours and improves the appearance of moderate fat under the chin. Kybella is a safe alternative to liposuction or surgery for those who think twice about going under the knife. This procedure works by injecting Kybella into the submental fat under the chin.

Kybella is composed of deoxycholic acid which is a natural substance in the body. The Deoxycholic acid causes the destruction of fat cells. Once these cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Kybella typically takes two to four treatments spaced one month apart. It is normal to have swelling at the treated area and this is the expected result of the injection as your fat is dissolved. One of the advantages of Kybella is that it also tightens the neck while simultaneously dissolving the fat. The swelling typically lasts a few days and resolves on its own. Some patients may experience some minor bruising or temporary numbness which also resolves in several days.

Thermage to Reduce Lines & Wrinkles in the Neck

Another popular treatment which Dr. Green utilizes in her NYC Upper East side office for neck rejuvenation is Thermage®. Thermage® utilizes radiofrequency technology to tighten and contour your skin in a single treatment, with no surgery, no injections, and no downtime. Thermage® stimulates the body’s natural renewal process by encouraging the production of new collagen. During the aging process, we lose collagen in the skin, especially in our necks, and this causes wrinkles and sagging. The result of the treatment is a natural looking subtle lift, which is like a non-surgical facelift. Thermage safely heats the inner layers of your skin, while simultaneously cooling the surface of your skin. This procedure takes a single 90 minute treatment session to be performed.

After 3 to 4 months, your skin will be replaced with smoother, tighter skin, improved tone and texture and an overall younger looking complexion. Before the procedure a grid is applied to the area to mark the areas of the face and neck to be treated. During the procedure, the handheld device is pressed repeatedly onto the outlined area of your skin. As the adaptor touches your skin, you will feel both the sensation of heat and a cooling sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of your skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening. After several months you will see the results of the procedure with skin tightening and a younger-looking appearance. Once the procedure is over, your skin will be slightly pink with a “glow” and you can return to your daily activities without any “down time.”

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Sciton BBL™ Laser for the Aging Neck

The Sciton BBL laser procedure is often used along with Thermage for non-invasive skin tightening in the face and neck area. This method uses advanced infrared technology to heat the collagen. It is a non-invasive procedure to stimulate new collagen, which means there is no “down time” from this treatment either.

The light from the BBL treats damaged cells in the skin, stimulating a natural healing process. This procedure has become part of the “forever young BBL™” protocol for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Green is able to use this for a range of skin issues, including pigmentation, broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles around the face and neck. The end result is younger, more beautiful skin with tightening of the neck and jowl area. In most cases, the BBL will require 4 to 6 monthly treatments, however it is best to discuss your protocol with Dr. Green during your consultation.

Whether you want to treat a “turkey neck”, or have aging skin that you would like to tighten, Dr. Green can discuss the best options with you. To book an appointment, please contact our NYC based office or call 212 535 3088

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9 best neck creams for firming skin, reducing wrinkles and smoothing skin tone

You can always tell the true age of someone by their neck, décolleté and hands, which are susceptible to showing signs of ageing before the face.

Skin here is fragile, finer and more delicate as there are fewer sebaceous glands to keep it moisturised and yet it’s as exposed to environmental damage as the face.

We tend to nourish our face more thoroughly with moisturisers, oils and serums and don’t always take the product down as far as the décolleté, so we’re not protecting the neck and cleavage as effectively as we are our face.

Skin here also has a less protective hydrolipidic film, and a thinner dermis and epidermis, so it’s more vulnerable to lines and loss of firmness.

On top of fine skin and lack of moisture and protection, fat drops towards the base of the face as we age, turning a once defined jawline into a double chin – not helped by constantly looking down at tablets, mobiles and laptops.

So even if you’re young, tech-neck, as it’s known as, can still be an issue. And the final insult is the menopause, when hormones go awry. Oestrogen drops off, the hormone responsible for (amongst other things) collagen production, and so skin loses density and firmness, which results in skin slackening, creping, sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom, there are a mass of products on the market that slow down the ageing process and help protect and boost the resilience of this delicate skin.

We tested over 30 products, looking for both immediate results and longer-term improvement in tone, texture, clarity, fine lines and contouring.

We wanted to see pigmentation and age spots diminished, fine lines smoothed away, plumpness returning and a softer smoother look and feel. A razor-sharp jawline was a bonus! Here are our favourites.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

This Works perfect cleavage firming lotion, 60ml: £30.40, This Works

An impressive cocktail of nature’s hardest working essential oils and plant extracts makes this an extremely effective lotion for tightening and brightening the delicate neck and cleavage area. We found it delivered great results instantly during a month of testing. The powerhouse blend includes tightening larch extract, soothing algae, renewing rose, cell renewal boosting comfrey root, and brightening Vitamin C for reducing sun damage pigmentation and increasing collagen production. Out of all the products tested, this gave some of the most definitive results. It feels and smells luxurious, and leaves the skin with a beautiful sheen. It’s good value for money too, holding its own against the higher priced smaller pots from other brands.

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Elemis pro collagen neck and decollete balm, 50ml: £52, Elemis

Elemis blends a range of nature’s finest skin savers with scientific expertise to create skincare that delivers real results. The omega 7 in sea buckthorn repairs and heals damaged skin (especially ageing-related hyperpigmentation), padina pavonica is a natural filler and nourisher to smooth out fine lines, the polysaccharides in tree fern creates a molecular film to instantly tighten and amino acid-packed algae works like collagen to increase elasticity.

We found that after just three weeks of testing this balm, fine lines were visibly reduced on the décolleté (it didn’t manage to change deeper lines though) and skin felt noticeably firmer on the neck. This balm stimulates calcium production which supports the building blocks of the skin, so the neck appears firmer and smoother. The rose and mimosa scent is beautiful too. A little goes a long way, so although it is an investment, 2-3 pumps easily serves the whole neck and chest area.

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Clarins super restorative décolleté and neck concentrate, 75ml: £58, Clarins

We found the potent plant extracts in this concentrated cream deliver some impressive results. The main ingredient, organic hurungana (from the St John’s wort family) works with skin suffering from a drop in hormones, making it ideal for anyone entering the menopause. As we age, a reduction in oestrogen causes the skin to lose density. But the hurungana can help reinforce the skin’s structure, improving tone and minimising wrinkles and slackening.

If age spots are your problem, then the Montpellier rock-rose will take care of those as it reduces the look of age-related pigmentation and improves skin’s luminosity – it can also help with protecting from future hyperpigmentation.

Clarins has also featured sunflower auxins, the hormone that is responsible for giving a sunflower’s stem the strength and flexibility to support a heavy flower and follow the rotation of the sun. This maintains support and tone for the neck.

The fruity floral scent is the icing on the cake for a cream that we found delivered very real results in just over a month’s use. Our skin tone and texture improved and age-related softening definitely seemed firmer. And all this in a large 75ml tube makes it good value for money.

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Sanctuary Spa supercharged hyaluronic face & neck crème, 50ml: £14.85, Feel Unique

Incredible value for money, this out-performed many of the creams we tested that were significantly more expensive. Our tester found it a little rich on the face (she suffers from shiny skin occasionally prone to breakouts), so reserved it for neck and décolleté use only.

But this would be perfect for dry or dehydrated complexions in need of an extra shot of moisture. It can also be used as a day and night cream. Nourishing shea butter and hydrating hyaluronic acid give thirsty skin a real turbo boost. We found the décolleté and neck appeared plumped up and hydrated after less than a week’s use. Rose geranium essential oil and rosa centifolia flower extract, combined with lavender and frankincense essential oils, give this cream a relaxing scent and make it a pleasure to use at night.

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Sisley neck cream the enriched formula, 50ml: £104.40, Sisley

This delicately scented pale pink cream has a surprisingly light, non-greasy formula yet leaves the skin feeling like you’ve used an ultra-rich, nourishing cream. It’s easily absorbed, which is rare for such a deep moisturiser. And it’s packed with a cocktail of active ingredients that work together to tighten, lift, tone and smooth instantly and long term.

Caffeine helps eliminate fat cells and puffiness, stimulating horse chestnut tones the skin, red algae slows down the process that stores fat cells, while shea butter and sunflower oil hydrate for softer more supple skin. For this price tag, we wanted to see some discernible results. We found a month’s use of this wonder cream really did deliver a noticeable change in the tone and texture of the skin and the jawline looked ever so slightly firmer – with a bit more contour. With more long-term use, Sisley suggest that it can help with reducing the look of a double chin. It’s pricey, but worth paying for if you want radical intervention.

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Murad rejuvenating lift for neck and décolleté, 50ml: £68, Murad​

Retinol fans will be clamouring to get hold of Murad, as many neck creams don’t contain any retinol at all. This one contains a variation: retinyl palmitate, which works much like retinol to accelerate cell turnover, reduce wrinkles and refine the skin’s texture, and an alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), which re-texturises the skin to reduce the look of crepiness. We found the combination of retinyl and AHA can cause the skin to tingle a bit when it’s applied and will make it a little more sensitive to sunburn, so make sure you wear sunscreen with this. Those warnings aside, we found this was excellent for refining the look of the skin from the first couple of uses, it felt firmer, smoother and tone was visibly improved.

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Clarins extra-firming neck anti-wrinkle rejuvenating cream, 50ml: £47, Clarins

Another entry for Clarins and they’ve used those incredible sunflower auxins again in their extra-firming complex. These hormones help the flexibility of the skin’s structure and also increase resilience in the face of environmental aggressors. Organic oat sugars form a tightening film on the surface of the skin, while green algae plumps and moisturises. Thanks to marshmallow powder containing line-filling micro pearls, we found the neck looked instantly smoother. Great results immediately and over time if neck firmness is your skin concern.

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Vichy neovadiol phytosculpt neck & face contours, 50ml: £30, Boots

This contouring sculptor from Vichy has a balm-like texture which is much stiffer than all the other creams and gels we tested, and is aimed at anyone with menopausal skin suffering from reduced elasticity. It’s great value for money and we found it delivers instant visible results and longer-term smoother, firmer skin. The balm wraps itself around the neck and jawline to create a sort of invisible corset which gives the appearance of lifted, toned skin.

The potent skincare actives include phytosterol extract from wild fern leaves, which stimulate the skin to produce new epidermal cells that improve the thickness and resilience of skin. The results? Neck and jawline contours appear firmer, smoother and tighter. Hyaluronic acid also moisturises and plumps. Apply it after your usual moisturiser as the last step in your skincare, so the supporting corset effect can do its lifting magic.

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Elizabeth Arden prevage anti-aging neck and décolleté firm & repair cream, 50ml: £59.50, All Beauty

An indomitable blend of antioxidants gives this cream some serious ammunition against environmental aggressors and free radicals ageing the skin. Tightening polymers help give some structure and contour to skin starting to head south, while hyaluronic acid delivers an intense shot of moisture to boost the resilience of delicate skin. We found texture and tone was significantly improved after a few week’s use and skin felt hydrated and firmer.

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The verdict: Neck creams

For value for money, a luxury feel and visible results immediately and in the longer-term, our pick of the best is This Works. If you’re on a budget, you can’t beat Sanctuary Spa for results. And for contouring the jawline and chin, and a super enriched option, then Sisley works wonders.

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Radiofrequency for neck and jowls

There are plenty of topical products that promise to firm and tighten the appearance of neck skin, but when you want to see real change in the mirror, most experts agree that radiofrequency (RF) energy is the best way to go. RF energy heats the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing it to contract as well as to create more collagen naturally. Collagen is one of the building blocks of healthy, youthful skin that dwindles with advancing age.

For sagging jowls and necks, Inmode’s new FaceTite RF device packs a solid one-two punch, says Hardik Doshi, MD, a facial plastic surgeon at Discreet Plastic Surgery in New York City. “We tighten skin from the inside out and the outside in, sandwiching it between two wands,” he explains. “One wand goes on top of the skin, causing collagen to contract and tighten, and the other goes underneath the skin where it liquefies the fat.” The process is known as radio-frequency assisted lipolysis.

A tiny puncture in the skin is needed to access the deeper level. Results appear gradually within six weeks to three months, he says. More than one treatment may be needed if skin is extremely lax. Dr. Doshi may combine FaceTite with other treatments for maximum results. “I can do chin liposuction because the fat is easier to remove since it has already been emulsified by the RF energy.”

FaceTite is not the only RF-based tightener in town. “Thermi RF is like a sparkler delivering RF energy under the skin,” he explains.” You have an external camera checking heat to make sure you don’t get too hot, so there is limited fat-melting. It is more for skin tightening.” With FaceTite, however, the two wands allow for different internal and external temperatures, which can lead to more substantial fat melting.

Radiofrequency for the body

Inmode’s BodyTite device earns high marks for tightening excess skin in the arms, tummy, and thighs from Christopher T. Chia, MD, the surgical director of Bodysculpt in New York City. “RF is the king of the energy modalities, and with this device, I get a lot more oomph,” he says. “We do it with local anesthesia, and there are no scars because it involves no more than a quarter-inch incision through which we pass the straw underneath the skin.” It’s not for everyone, he says. “If you lost 100 pounds, your skin won’t contract enough with this technology, but for those who may not be candidates for liposuction, this is an impressive alternative.” And one treatment is usually all it takes. Today’s liposuction techniques may also offer some skin-tightening benefits.

Ultrasound skin tightening

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Ultrasound energy delivered via a treatment called Ultherapy employs sound waves to boost collagen stores under the skin’s surface, firming skin. It certainly has its fair share of advocates for tightening the neck, chin, and brow. “Ultherapy can penetrate at different depths based on how we focus the energy,” Dr. Doshi explains. “Proponents of Ulthera skin tightening say that because it can skip the superficial layer of the skin and go deeper, you can get more heat without burning the inside of the skin.” Here are some non-surgical tricks to mask the signs of aging on the face.

Microneedling with other technologies

Some newer procedures combine multiple technologies in one device to tighten skin. For example, Vivace is a new treatment that starts with microneedling and adds radiofrequency and laser light. “It is the first device to use a robotic motor to gently push the needles into the skin, allowing smooth, precise control, no downtime, complete comfort, and the optimal delivery system post-treatment,” says Sejal Shah, MD, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology in New York City. “Both the microneedling and the radiofrequency components stimulate collagen, resulting in skin tightening,” she says. “I use the treatment primarily on the face, neck, and chest but have used it in other areas of the body as well, such as hands, knees, abdomen.” And so far, so good. “Most people have noticed immediately that skin appears more radiant and even tighter. Over time, the skin should appear smoother and firmer, with improved texture and reduced fine lines and wrinkles,” she says. Some people also notice improved tone and more even pigmentation. The number of treatments needed varies but typically ranges from three to six. Here’s why microneedling is such a hot skin-care trend right now.

Surgical skin tightening

Plastic surgery is the gold standard when it comes to skin tightening. “There is nothing more effective than a surgical mommy makeover, tummy tuck, lower body lift, or arm lift for patients who have excess skin after childbirth or massive weight loss,” says Mark H. Schwartz, MD, clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. There are always trade-offs. These procedures may have longer recoveries, require general anesthesia, and leave scars. “The results, however, are immediate, long-lasting, and can be very dramatic when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon,” Dr. Schwartz says. (A word of caution: If you’re considering plastic surgery, you might want to stay off social media when searching for a doctor. Only 18 percent of plastic surgery Instagram posts are by qualified doctors.)

Spillover skin tightening

With some procedures, firmer skin is more of a bonus than a goal. The results are not as dramatic as what can be achieved with procedures specifically designed to tighten skin, but for the right person, these benefits may be enough to make a meaningful difference. “Both Kybella and Coolsculpting yield some skin tightening of the submental (chin) area, but they are primarily for volume reduction of fat,” explains Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, a dermatologist of SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, MA. Kybella injections work by gradually melting away pockets of unwanted fat, while Coolsculpting freezes fat cells to death. Coolsculpting’s Coolmini, in particular, got a nod from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for reducing lax tissue in the double chin area. Bonus Coolsculpting is one of the beauty treatments you could get on your lunch hour.

Here’s what doesn’t work: laser skin tightening. “Lasers are generally not ideal for skin tightening,” Dr. Dover says. “While we get some tightening after ablative and ablative fractional resurfacing, they are really better for texture.”

How to get rid of a turkey neck without surgery – in 5 easy steps

“I would recommend this treatment once a week for 6-8 weeks, and a maintenance every 6 weeks. RF skin tightening is used for firming and removing the appearance of sagging skin around face, neck and body.

“This works by applying a gentle heat in the deep, collagen rich layers of your skin. The heat helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen over time, which reduces sagging, renews contours, and improves the smoothness and texture of the skin’s surface.”

5. Apply aptly

Your neck contains fewer oil glands than the face, so the skin can get dry and wrinkle easily. Just as you apply serum and moisturiser to your face, you should give your neck the same love.

Take your cleanse-and-tone routine to your neck and finish with a sweep of a cream using upwards motions to boost circulation.

Lulu’s Time Bomb Troubleshooter Neck & Jaw Cream does what it says on the tin – it deeply hydrates a dry, mature neck; if it’s a rich, luxurious cream you prefer, Clarins’ Extra Firming Neck Cream is just that and more.

A firm favourite among beauty editors is Perricone Cold Plasma Sub D; it’s pricey, but receives rave reviews for its ability to lift and tighten even the saggiest of skin.

Beauty Meets Tech: 5 Must-Have Devices For Home Use That Will Keep You Looking Your Best

Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best? If you’ve decided to age gracefully without any “outside” assistance, more power to you. On the other hand if you’ve been catching occasional glimpses of yourself in the mirror in just the right horrible lighting, or have caught a good look at your neck while typing downwards on your laptop wondering when that happened, you’re like the rest of us.

Whether you suffer from sun damage, redness, sagging skin, wrinkles, or acne, skin issues of any sort at any age can be confidence crushing. You can’t hide your face with a sweater. Just a few years ago, the remedies were expensive and highly specialized. Consumers had to either visit a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or an esthetician to get the appropriate treatments to correct or manage these concerns. While some conditions and desired results still require a trip to a professional, technological advancements in at-home beauty devices have been exploding and there are now a variety of options to treat (or slow down) the process of aging that consumers can use on their own.

With so many choices and varying technologies available in the marketplace it can be a little overwhelming to weed through, however. As a former esthetician and lifelong beauty and wellness junky I’ve rounded up five tech-driven, at-home beauty devices that will have you looking and feeling your best.

FOREO LUNA 2 Professional

Courtesy of FOREO

Courtesy of FOREO

Every skin care regimen starts with thoroughly cleansing your skin. Manual sonic cleansing devices aren’t new to the marketplace. But if you have sensitive or “reactive” skin the nylon bristle heads used for most of these devices can agitate your condition, which is why I have sat on the sidelines until now. While researching this article, I came across the FOREO line of products and discovered their LUNA 2 Professional that was developed for not only cleansing all types of skin including sensitive but the dual-sided device has an anti-aging function to it as well. So I had to give it a try.

This hand held device is ergonomically designed, waterproof for use in the shower or bath and is made from a premium silicone that feels great on the skin, is non-abrasive, hygienic and you never have to worry about replacing the bristle head. The cleaning side of the device incorporates Foreo’s unique Dual T-Sonic technology (alternating 2-point transdermal sonic pulses) that provides 12 varying pulsation intensities that each generate up to 8,000 pulsations (currently FOREO’s strongest available device) per minute for an even deeper cleaning that lifts away 99.5% of dirt, oil, as well as makeup residue. With its varying sized silicone bristles (the smaller bristles are for sensitive) you can adjust the angle of the device to customize your cleansing routine specifically for your skin type. After simply one use you will immediately notice squeaky-clean skin that even with the best cleanser your hands alone could never achieve.

Once the skin is cleansed you can apply your typical skin care routine and flip the LUNA 2 over to use the anti-aging feature, which channels lower-frequency pulsations onto wrinkle-prone areas improving the absorption of your products, lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving the skin feeling firmer. I love this multi-purpose device and will never go back to cleansing my skin with only my hands ever again.

FOREO IRIS

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Courtesy of FOREO

On first blush, you may not know what to do with this next device (or where to use it for the matter). But, if you suffer from under eye bags, puffiness, or dark circles. Or if people keep asking you if you are tired (when you aren’t) then this next device is an absolute must have. Also, created by FOREO, the IRIS is an ophthalmologist approved eye massager that utilizes the company’s alternating T-Sonic technology to reduce the above-mentioned symptoms taking 30 seconds to treat each eye.

Courtesy of FOREO

Courtesy of FOREO

Made from the same high-grade silicone as the LUNA 2, the IRIS device offers users two functions to choose from including Pure Mode and Spa Mode inspired by Asian fingertip tapping eye massage techniques. The Pure Mode gently replicates the feeling of a manual massage and is suitable for skin that is beginning to show signs of aging while the Spa Mode recreates a professional beauty treatment combining tapping with delicate pulsations perfect for massaging more pronounced signs of aging. You can also use this device with your favorite eye cream to help with the absorption. Whichever setting you choose IRIS will leave your eyes looking and feeling more refreshed instantly.

ZIIP BEAUTY

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Courtesy of ZIIP BEAUTY

Over the last 15 years, celebrity esthetician Melanie Simon has created a cult-like following with her electrical facials that utilize various combinations of micro and nano currents that rejuvenate and treat the skin while delivering dramatic (and addictive) results. Simon’s facials became in such high demand that after years of development, in 2015 she launched ZIIP, a beautifully designed ergonomic handheld electrical skincare device with the goal to share her coveted in-office treatments for home use.

Courtesy of ZIIP BEAUTY

Courtesy of ZIIP BEAUTY

ZIIP delivers groundbreaking tiny, energetic currents that infuse the skin with specific electrical waveforms that increase ATP, a key factor in collagen production. Since ATP cannot be stored in the body, using the ZIIP device regularly 1-3 times per week will result in creating more collagen and elastin, heal tissue, stimulate lymphatic drainage, increase blood circulation, and diminish bacteria in the skin to create younger looking and healthy skin. ZIIP comes pre-programmed with Simon’s “Energize” cocktail, an all around treatment created for all skin types that firms, tightens and brightens skin, while simultaneously preventing further damage.

Through the ZIIP Beauty app, you can download several more specialized “cocktails” to your device to target specific issues like puffiness and dark under-eye circles or breakouts. Currently, ZIIP offers six different electrical cocktails (with more to come in the near future) that address a variety of common skin complaints. There are so many aspects that I love about my ZIIP. Besides the visible results, the fact that Simon has created a high-tech beauty device where the treatment options are regularly evolving makes this one tool whose functions will never get boring to you or your skin.

ReFa Carat

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Courtesy of ReFa

The ReFa CARAT is a hand-held rolling device that can be used on your face and your body to stimulate and revive tired, stressed skin by replicating the professional deep kneading manipulations one would get in a professional facial or massage treatment. This waterproof tool features a unique platinum 360-degree, multi-angle design that delivers gentle micro-currents to boost circulation, enhance firmness and improving the tone of your skin with its indoor solar powered battery that will never have to be replaced.

Courtesy of ReFa

Courtesy of ReFa

The ReFa CARAT is ideal for improving the skin along the jaw line, face, underarm (think “bat wings”), waist, inner thighs, neck and chest. With its arched handle the ReFa CARAT roller is easy to use and gently rolls across the contours of the face and body creating a relaxing yet rejuvenating experience. You can adjust the angle of the device if you want additional “gripping” or pressure in areas that feel like they need deeper therapy. As a former massage therapist I love this device for it therapeutic benefits to the body as well as the benefits to the skin’s appearance. ReFa CARAT has a lot of knock offs in the marketplace so if you are interested in purchasing one you can buy one directly from their website where you will also find a list of their authorized retailers.

NEWA Skin Care System

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Courtesy of NEWA

If laxity and wrinkles are your concern then the NEWA Skin Care System could be the solution for you. Developed by EndyMed Medical Ltd., a pioneer and world leader in the use of multi-source radiofrequency technology for professional aesthetic treatments, comes the world’s first energy-based radiofrequency technology that uses the company’s patented 3DEEP technology that is cleared by the FDA to treat mild to moderate wrinkle reduction in the privacy of your home.

The NEWA’s controlled radiofrequency triggers the skin’s fibroblasts to naturally produce new, more active collagen and elastic fibers, tightening and lifting the skin while reducing wrinkles and promoting healthier, and rejuvenated skin on the face, jawline, and under the chin. A recent study performed in an internationally renowned research lab in New York confirmed a significant increase in dermal collagen level starting after just one month of NEWA treatments, with a continued increase in collagen up to 3.8% of new collagen generation at the 12-week follow up. NEWA also offers their own app to track your progress, come up with a treatment schedule, and tips on how to maximize your treatments. Although, I just started using this device, I see immediate results after each use and am excited to see what the cumulative benefits are with regular use.

The Best Skin-Care Treatments for Your Neck

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Faces get all the anti-aging attention, but our thin-skinned necks usually start to slack off first. Here, the latest (and best) ways to treat this often-neglected area.

SOS for Droopiness

If it’s excess skin: Go for a skin-tightening treatment, such as Ultherapy or Thermage, that uses ultrasound or radio frequency technology to heat and injure skin, triggering a wound response that boosts collagen production. Over time (two to six months) this increase in collagen should result in firmer skin. Results for 30- or 40-somethings typically last a few years. Average cost: $2,725.

Or doctors can inject hyaluronic acid fillers (such as Restylane or Voluma) along the jawbone to pull slack skin taut, says Neal Schultz, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. It’s as if you’re refilling a saggy balloon. “You can also inject a neurotoxin like Xeomin, Botox, or Dysport into the neck to help relax the platysmal bands, which run from jaw to clavicle and can tug down on the skin,” says Jeremy Brauer, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Average cost: $500 to $1,500, depending on the amount used.

If it’s stubborn fat: Doctors may employ a targeted fat-dissolving technique, like Kybella or CoolSculpting. The first is a synthetic form of bile acid that breaks down the fat that’s making your skin look slack (the dissolved fat is eliminated in urine). It’s injected (typically 20 to 50 pricks), and most patients require two or three treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart. You’ll see initial results about a week after your first treatment, once swelling subsides. Average cost: $1,375.

CoolSculpting gets rid of fat cells by freezing them. (The lymphatic system disposes of the frozen fat cells.) To target the chin area, Dr. Idriss uses the CoolSculpting Mini, a handheld vacuum-like device. Expect two to three treatments spaced about eight weeks apart. Price: about $1,225. (Read about how one writer felt throughout the CoolSculpting process.)

Treatments for Uneven Tone

The sides of the neck are most likely your problem areas because they’re regularly exposed to UV rays, Dr. Idriss says. Mottled skin here is typically red or brown and is best treated with light therapy or pigment-targeting lasers. “Try IPL first because it’s the least painful and has minimal downtime. If the color isn’t fading enough, then upgrade to a pulsed dye laser,” Dr. Idriss says. Both target-and thus erase-red (hemoglobin) or brown (melanin) color. You may need a few treatments at around $475 each. If you have dark skin, apply a topical brightener like hydroquinone or kojic acid first, then consider treatment with a fractional resurfacing laser, which is more targeted than IPL. (Read more about treatments that can even out your skin tone.)

Help for Wrinkles

Neck lines can appear horizontally or vertically, Dr. Idriss says. The side-to-side, tree-ring-like lines “are much more prominent these days because we crease our necks looking down at our phones for so many hours,” she explains. It’s called tech neck, and your derm can iron it out with a nonablative resurfacing laser. “I like to use Fraxel on neck lines because it boosts collagen production, tightening and smoothing the skin,” Dr. Schultz says. Dr. Idriss says she has seen some success with skin-tightening therapies like Ultherapy. “It’s like tightening a loose, draping dress; everything gets smoother,” she explains. (These yoga poses can also counteract tech neck.)

As for the vertical bands, they, like slack skin, “can be caused by a pulling of the platysma muscle,” Dr. Schultz says. “A neuromodulator like Botox will relax that pull and soften those bands.”

At-Home Neck Remedies

“As an aesthetician, I don’t care what moisturizer you use on your neck-just use one,” says Lidia Tivichi, the owner of the Maris Dusan Boutique in New York City. Then add more aggressive active ingredients if you can tolerate them, since thin neck skin ages faster than your face does.

  • Dr. Brandt Skincare Do Not Age Moisturizing Neck Cream evens out skin with glycolic acid. ($67; sephora.com)
  • SiO NeckLift is a silicone patch that smooths while you sleep. ($30; siobeauty.com)
  • StriVectin Tightening Neck Serum Roller uses polymers to create an instant lifting effect. ($89; strivectin.com)
  • Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen plumps with vegan collagen and microalgae oil. ($115; sephora.com)
  • Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm Lift Treatment tightens skin with peptides. ($108; macys.com)
  • By By Genevieve Monsma

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