Well, it appears the rumors are true. No matter how hard you try, self care tends to spiral down to the bottom of the priority list after you have that tiny human. Sleep deprivation leads to too many nights when you forget to wash your face before bed, let alone do all those steps in a proper skincare routine. Hence I can’t even remember how long it’s been since I’ve done a beauty post. But now that I’ve moved into my #YearofErin, I’m doing what I can to get back on the beauty straight and narrow. As as I dip closer to 40 than 30 (next month!), I really can’t hide when I neglect my skin.
Now that I’m trying to get back on track, I want to do it all. Serums, eye creams, sunscreen, retinol. You name it, if it is going to help me to look a little less tired, I’ll try it. This includes neck cream. As they say, a woman shows her age through her hands and her neck first! So when StriVectin asked if I’d be interested in trying their TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream, I gladly accepted the challenge.
Turns out the skin on the neck is rather different from the skin on the face. Skin on the neck is thinner and has fewer oil glands, making it more prone to show aging – lines, that crepey-ness and sagging that naturally occurs as we age. But these days you also have to be careful of Tech Neck. It’s a thing! Did you know the average person looks down at his/her phone 221 times a day? As a blogger, I’m certainly not your average tech user. I probably look down at a device 5x more than the average person – in bed in the morning, responding to never-ending emails, editing images…maybe even scrolling Instagram at a stop light now and again (shhhhh, don’t tell). That repeated motion of looking down can lead to the premature development of horizontal neck lines and quicker sagging on the neck and décolletage area. Boo. Even more reason to unplug more frequently. But that’s a topic for another post.
Armed with the knowledge that I’m prematurely aging my neck, even as I type out this post, I gladly gave StriVectin a try. I’ve been using it nightly and am loving it. StriVectin’s texture – it’s really silky and smooth. It feels cool like a gel, but not sticky or greasy. As I deal with the other joy of postpartum skin care – trying to tackle new hormonal breakouts – I’m very nervous about how a new product will affect my skin these days, but I haven’t had any issue. With daily use over the past several weeks, I’ve noticed that my neck is more hydrated and supple – it feels softer to the touch. But most importantly, it looks smoother and more lifted.
While it can sometimes feel overwhelming to figure out what to do to take the best care of your skin, I’m loving getting back into a routine. Even if it’s only 10 minutes at the end of every day, I try to think of it like my own mini-spa, where I can indulge in a little pampering and me-time. And I know my skin will thank me.
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photography by ashley batz
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