Oh Great, Here’s One More Weird Beauty Thing to Worry About

We found the 5 best products for combatting tech neck.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Kendall Abelman

Attention—there’s something alarming yet very real afoot in the world of skincare: tech neck. Basically, it's the prominent line that forms on your neck where your head bends down to view your phone. And it becomes permanent. If you just ran to a mirror to scrutinize your reflection, we did the exact same thing! But we like to consider it another perfect reason to not scroll through Instagram before going to bed anymore. 

Unfortunately, time and gravity don’t care that it’s almost impossible to function in the modern world without a smartphone permanently attached to your hand. Fun fact: Researchers figured out that looking down at your cell phone is the equivalent of putting a 60-pound weight on your neck. So, considering that Americans spend over ten hours each day staring at a screen (!!), developing the premature neck line is nearly unavoidable. But look at it this way—a new problem means a whole arsenal of fresh products to try. Silver linings, you know?

We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the latest and greatest treatments, masks, and gadgets that promise to alleviate our developing tech necks. Each discovery was eagerly passed around the Coveteur office as we took turns debating whether or not this is even worth caring about (subjective, but again, PRODUCTS) and if these things actually work. Take a look at our top 5 below!

Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Face and Neck Contouring System

Any product that is marketed as an entire SYSTEM must mean business. The cream complex has 23.84% growth factor to “help support cell to cell communication.” That’s cool and all, but to be honest, the best part is the stainless-steel contouring tool, which is basically the beauty junkie’s fidget spinner. There’s something super calming about rolling out your neck folds in front of all your coworkers.

NIA Tech Neck Line Smoother

Another cream and gadget hybrid, NIA (short for Not Into Aging) promises its blend of lipopeptides will minimize the look of neck lines and help strengthen the skin against repeated bending. Again, the roller makes using the serum at work delightfully interactive, and allows your boss to question exactly how you’re spending precious work hours.

M-61 Hydraboost Line Reducer

Anything that promises to plump your skin is an instant crowd pleaser, so this “super cocktail” of vitamin C, glycolic acid and seven peptides has quickly become an office staple. Using it made our necks soft and supple, as if we’d never bent our heads to text and walk before in our lives. It’s also 100% fragrance and paraben-free, so even the most sensitive necks among you can use it.

Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Neck Gels

Sure, these gel patches sort of look like a neck brace, and after you post a requisite selfie, your friends might wonder if you were in a car accident, but at least your neck will be firm and hydrated. Each single-use mask has a pleasant cooling effect that lingers long after the 20-minute wear time, so we at least felt like our necks were more taut.

Revision Nectifirm

The buzz around the office was that THIS was the penultimate cream for fighting tech neck. We’ve religiously slathered ourselves twice a day for two weeks, hoping that the range of ingredients—from baker’s yeast to algae extracts, plus a bunch of peptides—would help eradicate our untimely folds. Only time will tell if technology will get the better of us, but until then, this cream will remain firmly within arm's reach.

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