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5 Neck Firming Exercises To Tighten Your Neck

Nothing betrays a woman’s age more quickly than a sagging, jowly neck. You might have built the perfect skincare routine for your face, but what is the point of it, if your neck is giving away your age or even making you look older?

Here are 5 neck firming exercises that will help you say goodbye to the turkey neck forever:

1. Chin Tuck

This exercise strengthens the front muscles of your neck and helps you maintain better posture.

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Step 1: Sit straight in a chair with your back firmly supported by a wall or the back of the chair. Make sure the back of your head, shoulders and upper back are against the wall and the underside of your chin is parallel to the floor.
Step 2: Slowly move your chin towards your chest and hold for 5 seconds as you feel a comfortable stretch from the back of your neck to the base of your skull.
Step 3: Release and repeat 5 – 10 times.

2. Seated Neck Release

This exercise targets the side muscles of your neck and helps to relieve stress in the back of your neck.

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Step 1: Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
Step 2: Place your arms next to your knees or along the sides of the chair. This position stabilises your torso and allows you to isolate the stretch on the side of your neck.
Step 3: Slowly tilt your head to your left shoulder and hold for 5 seconds. Go back to neutral position and tilt to your right shoulder, holding for another 5 seconds. Repeat 5 -10 times.

Cobra Stretch

This exercise strengthens the muscles of your shoulders and stretches your neck, lower and upper back.

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Step 1: Lie on your stomach and place your hands at the base of your ribcage with palms pressing against the ground.
Step 2: Lift your hands off the floor, gently arch your back and lift your chest upward. Press your shoulders down away from your ears.
Step 3: Hold the position for 10 seconds and release. Repeat 5 – 8 times.

Bridge

A classic exercise, included in almost every yoga workout. It is great not only for your hip muscles but also for the back of your neck.

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Step 1: Lie down with your lower back pressed to the floor. Bend your knees, while keeping your feet flat on the ground. Place your arms at your side with palms down.
Step 2: With your palms and feet, pressing firmly into the ground, lift your hips off the floor until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line.
Step 3: Hold the position for 10-seconds and release. Repeat 10 – 15 times.

Mind your posture

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Hunching over your desk all day will not only cause you back pain but also add horizontal lines to your neck. Instead, try to sit with your back straight, relax your shoulders and keep your head up. During long sedentary periods, like sitting at our desks at work, it is easy to forget about good posture and crane your neck, while staring at your computer screen. So, make a conscious effort to improve your sitting habits and check your posture throughout the day.

Bonus tip: Don’t forget your neck in your skincare routine

This delicate area develops wrinkles faster than the face yet is often left out of skincare routines. Your neck needs just as much (or even more) protection and nourishment as your face. Your neck and chest areas have fewer oil glands than your face, so hydrate diligently! Never skip sunscreen and don’t forget about serum and anti-ageing care, too.

Anti Aging Skincare Tips

For the essential product in your anti-ageing skincare routine, look no further than Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus. This anti-ageing all rounder delivers daily DNA repair, as well as antioxidant protection. This both corrects current signs of ageing and protects the skin from any future skin damage too.

What makes it anti-ageing skincare?

It also contains two growth factors to support collagen production, which increases skin density and helps cure signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Also included is anti-ageing hero retinol and amino acids, which stimulate cellular function, reduce the degradation of collagen and restores elasticity for all round skin rejuvenation.

 

This super serum is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and is also a part of the Stage Two Anti-Ageing Skincare Regime.

 

How Exactly Does the Growth Factor Serum Benefit the Skin?

 

 

  • Boosts elastin and collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to tighten and firm the skin.
  • Growth Factor serum promotes cell turnover to help smooth the skin and provide a more even skin tone against skin pigmentation.
  • Helps protect against DNA damage and encourages healthy DNA repair.
  • Growth factor plus includes antioxidants to provide protection against free radical damage.

Crow’s Feet: How To Reduce Wrinkles Around The Eyes

What Are Crow’s Feet?

Crow’s feet, or laughter lines, are the small lines or wrinkles which appear around the outer edge of the eye. Generally they start to appear in the late twenties and gradually deepen over time. These lines occur naturally as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production decreases. They can be accelerated by things such as sun exposure or smoking. Natural movements such as smiling, laughing and squinting will also all contribute to deepening these lines.

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Crow’s Feet Treatment

One way to try and avoid crow’s feet would be to never show emotion on your face. No smiling, no laughing or no frowning. As that is pretty much impossible, we will take a look at products which can be used to delay or reduce the appearance of those wrinkles. The first step you can take is to ensure that you are using a daily SPF, as exposure to UV rays is one of the most common ways the skin loses collagen and elastin, leading to premature ageing.

Take A Closer Look At ZO® SPFs

Investing in a high quality eye cream should be an essential part of any skincare regime. To help reduce the visibility of crow’s feet you need an eye cream which increases collagen production and protects the skin from any possible environmental damage.There are two ZO® eye creams available, they are:

*ZO® Medical products are exclusively available through a physician. Find Your Nearest Skin Expert Here.

Care should be taken when applying products to the delicate skin around the eye area. Never pull, rub or tug the skin. Apply small dots of product around the orbital bone and gently tap into the skin until fully absorbed.

The final piece of advice, which applies not just to your eyes but general skin health, is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Skin dryness can lead to wrinkles and fine lines so always keep your moisture levels topped up.

Recommended Autumn Skincare Essentials

For those who want to give their skin a boost for the autumn, here are a few of our favourite skincare essentials that we believe will make a visible improvement to your complexion.

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Cleanser

It’s essential to cleanse your skin both morning and night to ensure you remove all the impurities and dead skin cells to promote cell turnover and thus have a fresher, younger looking skin.

For Normal to Dry skin we recommend: Offects® Hydrating Cleanser

Dry skin requires a gentle cleanser that will not disrupt sebum which is why Offects® Hydrating Cleanser is perfect. It hydrates by helping to retaining moisture during the cleansing process and rejuvenates with it’s calming properties such as panthenol, which soothes, repairs and restores skin. In addition, this cleanser stimulates collagen production and contains allantoin, which cleans away dead skin cells and supports cellular renewal. All on top of it removing dirt, oil and makeup without leaving any residue. Washing your face never felt so good.

For Normal to Oily Skin we recommend: Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser

Cleansing is an important first step for all skin types, but for oily, acne-prone skin, it’s critical. The key to managing oily skin is gently exfoliating dull, dry skin cells that trap bacteria; reducing excess oil; and neutralising free radicals. Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser does all of that and goes one step further, by providing encapsulated Vitamin E, the most important antioxidant for healthy skin.

Nourishing Hydrator

No matter what your skin type, one of our skincare essentials is a good hydrating crème for both day and night. Even those with oily skin need to hydrate as without the proper hydration your skin will produce even more excessive oils as an overcompensation for the lack of hydration.

For the day we recommend: Ommerse® Renewal Crème 
This crème is packed with pure retinol, powerful anti-oxidants and a soothing agent to repair the skin barrier and rejuvenate the skin. Oh, and one more thing. It’s a great all-day hydrator, too.

For the night we recommend: Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème
While you sleep, your skin becomes more active, repairing and regenerating skin cells. This is the most important time to strengthen and nourish your skin. Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème is the natural counterpoint to an active day–a little bit of R and R to calm and nourish the skin. It’s not sheer indulgence, though. While you sleep, retinol works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, ceramides nourish and calming agents protect against inflammation.

Peel

Peels are always a firm recommendation from dermatologists and one of our favourite skincare essentials. As it lifts off the rough, dull surface layer of dead skin cells to help give skin the reflective glow that only comes from a smooth, even surface.

We recommend: ZO Medical’s Invisapeel™

This formulation uses a unique process to renew the epidermis, providing enhanced exfoliation without any flaking or peeling, leaving skin noticeably smoother, firmer and brighter. Specialized enzymes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) promote exfoliation to improve the texture and help even skin tone in addition to enhancing and accelerating the repair of most epidermal problems such as discoloration, flaky skin and roughness. What’s more this product is excellent for both facial and non-facial skin such as hands, arms and legs!

Anti-Ageing in Your Twenties

Is it ever too early to start using anti-ageing products? The short answer is no. Prevention is always easier than treatment so starting the fight against ageing in your twenties is a smart move.

Anti-Ageing in Your Twenties

Prevention Over Treatment

The skin is no different to any other organ in the body that suffers age-related degeneration. It’s much easier to prevent the decline than it is to reverse the process after it has happened.

To give your skin a fighting chance, you need to start taking care of it from a young age. However, that does not mean that solely using an anti-ageing cream lets you off the hook. Alongside using the right products such as ZO’s Ommerse® Renewal Crème  and Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème, you need to unlearn bad habits like leaving your makeup on overnight. By leaving makeup on, your pores get clogged, you get breakouts and your skin is just generally left looking dull and worse-for-wear. So it is essential that you always cleanse your skin properly before you go to bed.

Additionally, one of the biggest mistakes made by those in their twenties, is overlooking the importance of protecting skin from the sun. Exposure to the sun, no matter if its bright blue skies or a dull, overcast day, the UV rays emitted from the sun are harmful and damaging to the skin. Thus for skin to remain healthy and taut as you age, twenty-somethings should get a lead on using sunscreen like Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. Not only does this product protect your skin from harmful UV rays and HEV light (the blue light omitted from smartphones) but it also doubles up as a makeup primer! A very nifty thing to have in your skincare routine!

See all the sun protection products we offer here. Find your perfect match. 

UV Light and Tanning: Is the Sun Making Your Skin Age Faster

Getting older is an inevitable part of life but looking visibly older doesn’t have to be. Ageing skin is generally due to external environmental factors, particularly exposure to the sun and harmful UV light. These  factors not only accelerate, but change the process of ageing for the skin, damaging and make it vulnerable to blemishes and skin diseases.

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UV Light

Skin damage caused by the sun and UV light is generally located in the most sun-exposed parts of the body. In women, it is especially common on the face, hands and decolletage, while for men, on the back.

Photo-ageing is a particular state of skin ageing caused by chronic damage from UV rays and sun exposure. The latter, in the long run, causes long-term damage to the DNA of skin cells, as well as contributing to biological ageing.

The harmful habit of tanning whether on a sunbed or by the beach, repeated over time, will damage collagen in the skin and ultimately speed up the ageing process, resulting in:

  • deep wrinkles
  • loss of elasticity
  • dry and rough skin
  • the presence of dilated capillaries on the cheeks, nose and ears
  • dark spots
  • flaking
  • actinic keratosis
  • skin cancer

The most common signs of sun damage include solar lentigo, wrinkles and loss of elasticity, hemangiomas and seborrheic keratoses (brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back).

ZO Skin Health and Medical offer solutions to prevent and treat the visible signs of UV light sun damage:

TREAT
 Brightamax Brightenex C-Bright Restoracalm

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PREVENT
 Oclipse-C Oclipse Sun Spray 50 Oclipse
Sunscreen + Primer
 Oclipse Smart Tone
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Product Spotlight: SPF

Photoageing is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing leading to an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and pigmentation. Sun damage is cumulative, the damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not always externally visible. Early pigmentation damage occurs within the deeper layers of the skin and becomes more apparent on the surface as we age. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well as the elasticity of the skin weakening, resulting in leathery and wrinkled skin.

With options for every skin type and lifestyle, ZO Skin Health’s sunscreens provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun while also improving the health of your skin.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • The combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens offer broad spectrum, photostable sun protection
  • Fractionated melanin goes an extra step to shield against damaging high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Fractionated Melanin provides 6-8 hours of protection rather than the regular 1hr 45 minutes.
  • Fortified with vitamin C to inhibit pigment formation
  • Sheer tint that can be worn alone or as a makeup primer
  • Patented colour bursting beads release a subtle hint of customisable colour and radiance for a healthy glow that compliments any skin tone
  • Anti-redness inhibitors
  • Restores hydration with skin conditioners and skin barrier replenishers to skin stays youthful, soft and smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Iron Oxides and Mica: Pressure-release colour system for customisable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate: 12-hour time release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 

  • Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face & Body. Protects the skin from UVB, UVA and HEV exposure
  • Retains SPF for up to 80 minutes of water exposure
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps protect the skin from reactive oxidative species
  • Provides anti-irritant and soothing benefits to help reduce redness and discomfort
  • Helps restore hydration and enhance the natural skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure
  • Breakthrough one touch, all angle spray system provides uniform, even coverage for the entire face and boy with a non-greasy, weightless feel

Key ingredients

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB), Octisalates 5% (UVB), Homosalate 15% (UVB), Avobenzone 3%(UVA): Provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol: Provides DNA protection

Oclipse® Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

  • Provides daily multi-defence protection from UVA, UVB and high-energy visible (HEV) light
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release vitamin antioxidant system guards against photo-damage
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Helps minimise inflammation
  • Restores hydration and enhances skin barrier
  • Provides additional support to restore lipids and enhances skin barrier function
  • Helps to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines

oclipse-sunscreen-primer-spf30Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide (8.2%): Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Lef Extract, Disodium Urine Phosphate: Helps provide DNA protection

Treating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a form of scarring that appears when the skin has been stretched beyond its capacity and the dermis has consequently been torn. They commonly occur after either dramatic weight gain, weight loss or from pregnancy.stretch marks

What Do They Look Like?

Stretch marks tend to appear as long and thin reddish-purple marks to start with, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. They usually affect areas where fat is stored but can occur anywhere where the skin is stretched.

The most common areas you can find stretch marks are:

  • tummy (abdomen)
  • breasts
  • upper arms
  • buttocks
  • thighs
  • shoulders (usually in bodybuilders)

How Can You Treat Stretch Marks?

The best way to treat these imperfections is to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. By using a good resurfacing exfoliator in your daily routine and combining it with a nourishing repair serum, you can dramatically improve the appearance of stretch marks.

The ZO’s Oraser Body Emulsion Plus  is the best body product available without a prescription. With ingredients like retinol, ceramides and emollients, it prevents moisture loss and allows your skin to regain its youthful appearance, texture and tone. Plus, the formulation contains an antioxidant-rich complex with lactic acid to soften rough patches. The Body Emulsion Plus works to perfectly exfoliate, hydrate and nourish for revived and smoother looking skin.

ZO® Signature Peels: Retinol Stimulation Peel

The ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel is ideal for skin that has a rough texture, uneven tone, dullness and lines and wrinkles.

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Key Features of the ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel

  • A physician-directed, at-home peel that utilises Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair for epidermal renewal and dermal stimulation.
  • High potency 1.0% retinol encapsulated in time-released microspheres that penetrate the epidermis and deliver maximum efficacy with minimal irritation.
  • Provides superficial exfoliation, promotes cell turnover and stimulates deeper cellular activity for firmer more even toned skin.
  • Improves the appearance of the skin and also its ability to repair and renew itself.
  • Highly tolerable with no downtime.
  • Ideal for the face, neck, and chest.
  • Has potent antioxidant, anti-redness and anti-irritation effects.
  • Stabilises the epidermis and skin barrier function.

Benefits of This Peel

  • Repairs damaged surface skin
  • Strengthens skin and reduces sensitivity
  • Improves skin texture
  • Tightens large pores
  • Reduces and corrects abnormal surface pigmentation and sun damage
  • Minimises the appearance of fine lines
  • Brightens, smooths and tightens skin for a more youthful appearance

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Your At-Home Step

The Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair is a key at-home step for the ZO Retinol Stimulation Peel. But what are its benefits for the skin?

  • It has the highest concentration of retinol in an over-the-counter product retinol
  • It stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production and helps even skin tone
  • Contains vitamins A, C, and E to provide powerful antioxidant protection, preventing future skin ageing
  • This anti-ageing serum also suppresses irritation and redness to restore a more youthful skin tone
  • But it doesn’t stop there, this incredible serum also hydrates and restores the skin barrier with essential lipids to reverse dry, dull skin

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a highly effective topical vitamin A treatment, promoting cellular turnover and epidermal renewal. It’s useful for treating a wide range of skin ageing, photo-ageing and pigmentation conditions. It’s essentially one of the best ingredients for anti-ageing and maintaining youthful skin.

Topical Retinol is an effective treatment for a wide range of skin ageing, photo-ageing and pigmentation conditions. Dosage tolerance can vary significantly depending on the person. However, for it to be topically effective, it must reach a concentration of at least 0.6% in the skin. ZO Skin Health and Medical product have been formulated to include an incredible 1.0% concentration. 

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How Does Retinol Benefit the Epidermis?

What is retinol’s effect on the inner layer of your skin?

  • It helps to restore the water, lipid and protein balance, restoring barrier function and reversing skin sensitivity.
  • Improves the skin’s protective barrier.
  • Improves a healthy skin cycle.
  • Promotes cell turnover and improves overall skin texture.
  • Leads to a softer and smoother outward appearance.
  • Breaks up existing pigmentation to improve skin tone and complexion.

How Does Retinol Benefit the Dermis?

What is retinol’s effect on the outer layer of your skin?

  • Stimulates fibroblasts, resulting in healthier collagen and elastin production.
  • Improves skin firmness and elasticity due to its ability to increase collagen and elastin.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves natural hydration.
  • Stimulates the skin’s natural rebuilding and repairing process.
  • Delivers firmer skin with a more even texture.
  • Exfoliates and removes dead skin cells to allow for better penetration of other skin products, consequently maximising the delivery of nutrients.
  • Provides protection against future damage.

Precautions to Keep in Mind

Side effects, generally referred to as retinoid dermatitis, can include chronic skin peeling, flaking, stinging, burning and severe inflammation. In some severe cases, oedema (skin swelling) can occur.  Peeling is normal upon initial usage and will eventually subside although inflammation and/or stinging and burning may not, depending on the person. However, you should discontinue use if any of the effects and symptoms persist for a prolonged period of time. The frequency of use is determined by your comfort level and tolerability which is why consulting with a skin health professional is highly recommended prior to use.

Retinol when used for skin is also photosensitizing, and for this reason, broad-spectrum sun protection is essential. Sunscreen should be used all the time but is especially vital when retinol is part of a skincare regimen.

We also advise pregnant women or women who intend to become pregnant in the near future from using retinol products.