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Is the Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum worth the faff?


The applicator acts like a massaging roller to enhance the effect of the serum (Picture:Natalie Morris/Dermalogica)

We all know that when it comes to skincare, it’s important not to just stop at the face.

The neck and décolletage area also needs love and attention, as these areas of skin are fragile and prone to showing signs of ageing as the skin loses elasticity.

But should you be using your normal face creams on your neck? Or do you need specials oils and serums? Should you massage the neck? And does it matter if you rub upwards or downwards?

There are many questions.

The new Neck Fit Contour Serum from Dermalogica could answer some of them – not only the serum itself, but also the method with which you are meant to apply it. So, we gave it a try.

What is the Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum?

Described as your neck’s best personal trainer, it is a lightweight, roll-on serum
that is said to immediately tighten skin, and tone it over time, for a more visibly lifted and sculpted appearance.

But this is more than just a serum. It comes in a snazzy bottle with a metal rolling applicator – similar to a facial roller – that massages the skin while you apply the product to your neck.

Oh, and there’s an accompanying website too. On the site you can find a personalised workout for your neck that you can do with the applicator, which is meant to enhance the results.



What are the active ingredients?

Rye Seed Extract works with a novel Palmitoyl Tripeptide-42 and Rambutan Extract to deliver Retinol-like results, visibly smoothing, firming and toning skin.

Resurrection Plant-inspired polysaccharide helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier for a smooth, even appearance.

Griffonia Seed Extract provides antioxidant defense to help safeguard results against free radicals.

Faff involved

There is quite a lot of faff. But, to be honest, I have time for that at the moment.

In terms of actually using the serum – it says to apply both morning and evening, but I am only going to spend that long on my neck before bed.

Also for the price (an eye-watering £75), I just want to make it last longer.

To apply, you turn the applicator on with a twist. Tilt your chin up and roll the applicator over your entire neck, from the the collar bones up to the jawline. Gently squeeze the tube as you’re rolling.

Once there’s a thin layer of serum all over your neck, return the applicator
to the off position and continue rolling it in an upward motion over the skin to massage in the serum.

You can find personalised workouts for your neck on the product website (Picture:Dermalogica)

You have to keep your chin up until until the serum dries and then follow with your regular moisturiser.

Not too much faff… but then there’s the accompanying website.

You can visit the website using a QR code on your phone, and you can click through to different workout videos that focus on tightening skin, strengthening or relaxing.

The videos are actually really short and clear, and I can imagine myself following one of the workouts maybe once a week if I am having an epic self-care session.

The results

I have only been using the product for around a week, and I have not noticed any marked changes to my skin yet.

However, the product and the massage you get when you’re applying it, does feel really nice.

Also, whenever I use it, I do feel a tightening of the skin in that area, so it does feel as though it is doing something. I will have to see if there are longer-term benefits over the coming weeks and months.

Is it worth the faff?

With so many steps (acids, oils, serums and rollers) involved in my current skincare regime, it can be hard to know whether to add yet another element.

I asked CIBTAC qualified aesthetician Emma Kamara-Sesay, for her thoughts on the product and neck skincare maintenance.

‘The skin on the neck is very thin compared to rest of the body, therefore it can develop signs of aging a lot quicker,’ Emma tells Metro.co.uk.

‘We should give it as much attention as we give our face to allow it to age as gracefully.

‘Serums are star players in our skincare routines, especially in the game of preventing and correcting signs of ageing (e.g. dryness, dyspigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of tone etc.). This is due to being highly concentrated with the ingredients that offer our skin deep, targeted stimulation – this is rare find in moisturisers.’

Emma adds that massage is amazing for delivering much needed nutrients from our daily nutrition, skincare and oxygen to skin cells.

‘This is a must for a firmer, tighter and sculpted neck,’ she says.

‘The movement aids skin regeneration by increasing blood flow and improving circulation whilst relaxing and strengthening muscles.

‘This helps to reduce the stress in the skin and increase the size of the muscles which shrink as we age and causes the skin laxity, poor skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles we try to avoid.

‘Rollers are a fancy way to apply product onto the skin and apart from the potential cooling effect, they don’t offer anything a pair of clean hands won’t.’

So, if you can’t quite afford this specific Dermalogica product, massaging a cheaper serum into your neck would probably have similar benefits.

Emma adds that it is really important to think about how we are applying products to our neck, as well as what’s in the products.

‘Applying product in an upwards motion to train the skin in the direction we want it to go is key,’ she says.

‘If you want to intensify the stimulation of your massage, it won’t hurt to add in skincare tools such as microcurrent devices (e.g. Foreo).

‘Whilst the research is still developing on their effectiveness, it has proven to sculpt and contour the skin over time. 

‘Having a dedicated neck cream or serum isn’t necessary. Good quality products which contain powerful ingredients that are proven in supporting the skin, can be budget friendly and more than enough for keeping the neck supple, firm and contoured.

‘Look out for products contain hydrating ingredients such peptides, hyaluronic acid, ceramides; antioxidants (e.g. green tea, ferulic acid, melatonin, rsveratrol) and retinoids for steadfast skin cell regeneration, thickening of collagen bundles and strengthening of elastic to keep our structures strong.’

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