There are probably many people who say, “I’m starting to worry about wrinkles and spots on my neck” as I get older. Actually, this is also caused by “dryness”. In the 5th special feature on moist skin care, dermatologist Masako Hirata will tell us about the causes of wrinkles and spots and tips for neck care.
Table of contents
- Profile of Masako Hirata
- The cause of wrinkles and spots on the neck is “dryness”
- Neck care tip 1: Moisturize morning and evening like brushing your teeth
- Neck care tip 2: “Moisturizing sideways” along the neck wrinkles is the key
- Neck care tip 3: Hatomugi is effective for spotted care
Profile of Masako Hirata
Ms. Masako Hirata. Born in Shizuoka prefecture in 1960. She is the director and director of “My Clinic Mejiro”. She graduated from Nihon University School of Medicine. She is a Doctor of Medicine and a board-certified dermatologist. After working at Tokyo Medical University and the Department of Dermatology at the same university’s Hachioji Medical Center, she opened “My Clinic Mejiro” in 2003. She is a Japan Medical Association industrial physician, a clinical training instructor, and an international traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.
The cause of wrinkles and spots on the neck is “dryness”
“The neck is a part of the body that moves a lot, and even though it doesn’t produce much sebum, it stretches and shrinks frequently. Dryness is like having fine scars. It will be,” said Mr. Hirata.
The identity of the spots is warts that occur with age. “The prevention and treatment for both are the same. First of all, moisturizing is the first priority. If it’s troublesome, apply the cream alone to the neck in the morning and evening. The trick is to gently moisturize “sideways” along the wrinkles on the neck. The warts will be much less noticeable with moisturizing.”
Neck care tip 1: Moisturize morning and evening like brushing your teeth
The skin on the neck is thin and doesn’t produce enough sebum to protect the skin. Lightly wash away sweat and dirt with warm water, and moisturize from the neck to the decollete.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck all year round to protect yourself from UV rays!
Neck care tip 2: “Moisturizing sideways” along the neck wrinkles is the key
Moisturize in the morning and evening by gently pressing along the wrinkles of the neck. Of course, you can also apply a lotion or milky lotion to your neck while you’re taking care of your face, but if that’s too much trouble, you can just use a cream. “There are people who often massage vertically, but please do a ‘horizontal moisturizing’ first, and then massage,” says Hirata.
Neck care tip 3: Hatomugi is effective for spotted care
Hatomugi is said to be good for the skin. “Yokuinin, which is contained in pearl barley, increases water metabolism. Even dermatologists sometimes prescribe it as an herbal medicine to strengthen the skin and prevent warts. I think you should give it a try,” Hirata advises.
Hatomugi actually has a recommended way to incorporate it. I will introduce the idea next time.
Interview and text: Yuka Noda (Halmek editorial department) Photography: Hiroto Nakanishi, Hiroshi Suzuki (Mr. Hirata) Model: Yuko Seki Hair and make-up: Miki Kimura, Shota (Mr. Hirata)
*This article has been re-edited and published from the January 2021 issue of the magazine “Halmek”.