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Know the Culprits

Your neck is extremely vulnerable to wrinkles—and yet many of us overlook this zone in our daily skincare regimens. "Every day I have patients tell me that their neck bothers them more than their face," says dermatologist Elizabeth Hale, M.D. This spot is constantly exposed to the elements—sun, wind, pollution—and rarely covered up. Skin on the neck, relative to the face, also has fewer stem cells that heal and repair. "So, it's less able to recover from environmental [factors], like UV exposure, that contribute to skin aging," she says, adding, "Plus, the skin is thin and more prone to dryness and crepiness."