So I've been quite good about caring for my skin for a long time, but I've just come back from the beach and realised my neck is looking older than my face! What should I have been using all this time?!
Neck on Line, Magazine Gap Road
The Dictator rules: Skin. It's all over your body. Who knew? There are so-called targeted solutions out there. The only question is what do you need to target? For sun or age spots, or other sorts of over pigmentation, Asia is, of course, the right place to find lightening formulas, such as Shiseido's White Lucent Brightening Serum for Neck and Decolletage (HK$600; 15 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 8438). Pigment Controller by Neostrata may not have "neck" in its title, but it lightens and prevents dark spots with Retino, vitamins C and E, and alpine extracts (HK$298; Mannings, various locations: www.mannings.com.hk). While you're at it, I think it's about time you started slathering SPF on your neck as well as your face. Next, wrinkles are naturally another concern. Clarins makes the Advanced Extra-Firming Neck Cream (HK$640; Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2833 2411), a lightly scented, toning, botanical product. Prefer it au naturel? Neal's Yard does a Rejuvenating Frankincense Firming Neck Cream (HK$620; 65 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2155 0508) with additional natural ingredients, including baobab oil and marine algae, to firm the skin and minimise that crepey, wrinkled, old-skin look (ew).
I don't know what it is about my neck, but I always seem to look better in tops that have collars. I was told there is a fashion label that sells sort of insertable collars (not those twee necklaces that were popular last year). Any ideas?
Hot Under the Collar, Kowloon
The Dictator: It's not your neck, it's your face. Just kidding. I'm sure both could use some work, so see the above cosmetics question and get yourself on the road to better skin. In terms of fashion, you're actually right. French fashion darling Carven (Elements, Kowloon Station, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2798 5338) not only made them for spring-summer but for the new autumn-winter collection, too. We spotted them in pale blue or sherbet orange cotton (HK$1,190) and in the season's new print, in plain white, wine red, or grey silk (HK$1,550). We even saw a pretty white cotton one with a sweet scalloped collar by minimalist Swedish brand Cos (HK$350; Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 21179433). If it's attention you're after try one of the flamboyant beaded, sequinned or snakeskin collars by Russia's Olya Shikhova (HK$970 to 1,475; www.yoox.com). French label Anne Fontaine offers the perfect balance between whimsical and chic (Elements, tel: 2619 9210). Her large collection in white and/or black varies from plain cotton with matching cuffs (HK$1,495) to luxurious beaded lace collars which look almost antique (HK$6,150). Either buy those, or only purchase collared shirts from now on.
Got a question for The Dictator? E-mail her with your name, or alias, and address at: email@example.com