While generally care is taken to keep our face and hands clean at all times we sometimes neglect the dirt and grime present on the less exposed surfaces of our body like the neck and the various joints which have the tendency to accumulate dust and as a result the skin in those places darken over a period of time.
Since these areas normally remain out of sight we don’t bother, but if by chance the dirty neck comes into view you may face an embarrassing proposition. It is quite an ungainly sight. To prevent such unavoidable happenings and also for basic hygienic purposes you must take care to clean your neck regularly. However, once the damage is done and the dirt has accumulated there is no option but to clean off this caked grime. This is how this can be best done.
Soap And Water
Soap and water are the staple diet for our body hygiene. You don’t have to treat your neck as a separate unit but include its cleaning as your regular bath routine, i.e. during shower or in the bathtub. However, to remove the stubborn caked dirt you need to clean the area separately.
Remove hair from your face and secure with a hairband and clips. Place a thick towel on your shoulders to prevent your clothes from getting wet. Use a soft brush to sweep away the loose dirt from your neck surface over a sink. Now take soft cotton washcloth and saturate in lukewarm water but don’t let the water drip.
Now use a mild soap or liquid wash on this washcloth and gently apply on the affected area like a sponge. Do not rub or you may scrap or irritate the surface accidently. Repeat the process as many times as needed. It is very important to be very gentle. Now use a fresh damp washcloth to clean the area thoroughly. Pat dry and leave for some time. Now you can apply a moisturizing lotion to finish it off.
You may also use exfoliating agents like scrubs and masks to clear away the dark dirty surface. It is very essential that you use mild scrubs. It is better if you can make natural homemade scrubs and masks using easily available ingredients like oatmeal, essential oils, honey, yoghurt, mixture of lemon and milk etc. Whatever you do, gentle application is necessary because the neck area is quite sensitive and delicate and is prone to rashes and getting scraped.
Another option for you is bleaching the area. Although you may choose to use chemical bleaches for instant effect it will be better if you remain patient and apply natural homemade ones. The dirt has not developed in a day so; allow it to fade gradually in a proper manner. Lemon juice is a great bleaching agent. Regular application over a period of time is important to notice any difference however; it must be accompanied with moisturizers since lemon juice dries off the skin.