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In the evening, Doft recommends applying a retinol cream (or a prescription version, like Retin-A). This powerful anti-aging ingredient will "help thicken the skin and increase collagen production to improve texture, reduce wrinkles and increase smoothness," she says. But Hale points out that since the skin on the neck is thinner and more sensitive than other areas of your body, "less is more when it comes to retinol." Applying a small dot is often enough, she says.