Smartphones and car keys are regulars at hiding in plain sight, but right now there really should be a special undercover commendation for the American presidential seal. Or rather, the seal that wasn’t.
Incredibly, last week someone managed to display a spoof seal on a jumbo-tron screen behind the very president it was mocking. The offending artwork included a Russian imperial bird clutching cash and a set of golf clubs in its talons alongside an offensive Spanish motto. Projected for over a minute behind President Trump, it somehow went unnoticed by the hundreds.
We may wonder how this could happen, but the reality is that on a smaller scale something similar occurs every time we look in the mirror. Satirical seals aside, staring us in the face it is our necks which are obvious, yet often get ignored. Given they reveal our age so easily, is it time we all took notice instead and got ready to shamelessly reveal some brass neck chic?
Along with the knees, hands and of course face, our necks are perhaps surprisingly one of the body areas that betray our age the most. Prone to fine ‘necklace’ lines and saggy skin, our necks actually need a lot more care than we think.
From our early twenties our bodies begin to produce less collagen and elastin – elements that help our skin to stay healthy, smooth and wrinkle-free. Many of us are aware that a good skincare regime can help our face to stay as collagen and elastin filled as possible, but we forget to apply this to our necks as well.
The same can be true when it comes to SPF. The sun has a lot of good points, but it also has the ability to damage. Wearing cream or make up with a high SPF and UV protection will go a long way to saving your skin from the ageing properties of the sun. The neck has less age-preserving tissue than the face, so it is even more important to cover it.
Remember when taking care of your skin, never neglect your neck or decollete!
It isn’t just age and exposure that affect our necks though. The 21st century has brought with it ‘tech neck’. Loving our screens a little too much is proving to encourage necklace lines as we look down more than we once did. There’s no need to abandon Facebook just yet, but staying hydrated and keeping your chin up as much as possible will both help to leave your neck looking lovely.
If you already struggle with necklace lines and saggy skin, turtleneck jumpers and Elizabethan ruffs are both options, but there is a more practical answer available.
I offer radio frequency treatment, which can target skin around the neck area. Radio frequency uses concentrated energy to penetrate skin layers and encourage production of both collagen and elastin. The result is tightened skin with reduced lines that looks smoother, younger and healthier. Bye-bye necklace worries.