We Tried 6 Masks for Neck Wrinkles—Here’s What Worked
One writer reviews 6 neck masks that claim to tighten up neck skin and reduce wrinkles and neck lines. Do they live up to the hype?
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Best neck masks for wrinkles, discoloration, and tightening
If you like to pamper yourself (and who doesn’t?), you’ve probably dabbled in do-it-yourself spa face masks and even neck masks. It seems like there’s a mask for everything and there’s no shortage of neck masks available that claim to soothe wrinkles, tighten up neck skin, and get rid of neck lines. Like any beauty product, you need to be patient to see results. However, if you’re on a time crunch and want to have a smoother, and potentially wrinkle-free neck, what’s the best product? This all depends on your specific needs.
I tested a few neck masks to see which ones lived up to the anti-aging hype and those that fell short. I also asked Debra Jaliman, MD, a board-certified New York City dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist to weigh in on these tested products.
Best neck mask for: Pre-event primping
In a less-than-ideal start, I accidentally applied the protective film from the Talika Bio Enzymes Anti-Aging Neck Mask, thinking it was the mask. After that initial mishap, the “second skin” easily stayed put for 30 minutes. The results were, in a word, impressive. The direct-hit hyaluronic acid and collagen formula had clearly nestled into my deep neck lines, plumping them and making them less visible. (Beware of the skin care ingredients you should never mix.)
Bottom line: While the groves didn’t vanish completely, I’d absolutely use the mask before a big event. “Deep wrinkles are very hard to eradicate even with lasers,” confirms Dr. Jaliman.
Best neck mask for: Reusability
File Frownies Neck Treatment Mask under “another mask that’s at its best when you’re horizontal.” The biometric membrane carrier patch (fancy) did try and make an escape while I was scurrying around my apartment, but lying down so that it didn’t budge was probably an overdue moment of self-care anyway. Though I hadn’t chilled the mask, I was pleasantly surprised by the cooling sensation it infused along my throat when applied. I took it off after 20 minutes (you can leave it on for up to 30) and noticed that the area was plumper.
Bottom line: The reusable mask—three to five uses in total—definitely softened the wrinkles around my neck and kept my skin hydrated long after it’d been removed. (Also, try these homemade face mask recipes that work.)
Best neck mask for: Erasing “crinkles”
$20 for 1
The brand made famous by their 15-minute laser and light facial is making it easy to treat your self at home with its Skin Laundry Wrinkle Release Neck & Chest Sheet Mask. I easily applied the neck and décolleté overlay, which proved to have impressive staying power, and kicked back for a half-hour episode of Watch What Happens Live (10 minutes longer than the suggested time allotment, oops). The double duty mask, infused with a whopping 19 skin conditioning extracts, works to soften, brighten, and tone on contact.
Bottom line: Buh bye, crinkles. Well, not exactly, but close. It worked to visibly minimize the lines in my neck, while brightening sun spots on my chest. I was so impressed, I drenched my face in the leftover goop. “Masks can improve crepiness and discoloration, but gradually over time and with consistent use,” confirms Dr. Jaliman. (Don’t miss these 12 habits of people who look and act younger.)
Best neck mask for: Defying gravity
First of all, major points for the innovative ear straps that secured the Dr. Jart+ Neck & Chin Lift mask in place for the full 30 minutes. That plus the industrial strength adhesive—and grippy dots for traction—locked this thing down (I didn’t even mind that it resembled a post-surgery bandage). Unlike the others, which were wet with serums and other formulas, this volufiline, collagen, and adenosine-laced sheet was dry, and therefore less messy.
Bottom line: “Blown away” is really the first thought I had. My skin did look tighter and smoother. The neck lines did diminish quite impressively. And not that I was ever worried about a double chin, but that tiny bit of skin hanging down did seem to suddenly defy gravity.
Best neck mask for: Dewy skin
$65.00, 8 count
Firming wheat proteins line the targeted Rodial Neck Mask treatment that stuck pretty well to my neck. I instantly felt the promised cooling effects and was thankful for the hydrating hyaluronic acid, since a sleepless night had left my skin tired and wilted-looking.
Bottom line: My epidermis definitely appreciated the moisturizing qualities and looked healthier after use. My skin was also especially dewy, which lasted well into the next day.
Pro tip: Exfoliate before you apply the mask so it penetrates better into the skin since your pores open up and the product gets absorbed easier, adds Dr. Jaliman. (Don’t miss these best skin-care practices by age.)
Best neck mask for: A quick fix
CAD $20.00, 4 pack
Five-minute results coupled with the all-in-one face and neck shape and the melon scent made me a fan of Patchology Firm 5 Minute Flashmasque For Face and Neck before the wait time was up. Soy proteins and peptides in the serum-smothered mask work to improve the appearance of dullness and the loss of skin density that comes with age, according to the package.
Bottom line: Five minutes is almost less than a commercial break! My determined neck lines remained, but my skin was noticeably brighter, and an added bonus was that redness on my face has been minimized. (No surprise there since soy is known to help maintain a natural glow.)
- Debra Jaliman, MD, board-certified New York City dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist