Sagging skin may seem inevitable as you age. However, there are several things you can do to help tighten and firm your face for a more youthful look. Besides eating a healthy diet, exercising and staying hydrated, several over-the-counter treatments can help improve your skin's firmness. But not all firming products are made alike. For the best results, choose a treatment that's recommended by beauty experts.
Aveda Green Science Lifting Serum
Aveda's serum is designed to lift and firm the skin on your face and help improve skin cell turnover rates, skin care expert Paula Begoun says, noting that the serum contains beneficial ingredients. This includes wrinkle-fighting peptides, antioxidants and glucosamine and natural moisturizers such as plant oil that helps plump your skin by hydrating it.
Shu Uemura Firming Night Cream
"Harper's Bazaar" beauty editors recommend Shu Uemura's firming night treatment because of its ability to rejuvenate your complexion. It includes caffeine-rich black tea, which may help to tighten the skin's surface. Besides caffeine, it also boasts skin-nourishing silicone and skin-firming shea butter and sugar cane extract.
Cellex-C Skin Firming Cream Plus
Topical applications of vitamin C may help to both defend your skin from damage and improve collagen levels, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Improved amounts of collagen may help increase your skin's firmness. "Shape" magazine highlights the vitamin C-enriched firming cream from Cellex-C as one of the best. Besides vitamin C, it includes lycopene and other skin-firmers, including vitamin E, and moisturizing aloe extract.
Good Skin Instant ReSculpting Face Treatment
Good Skin markets its firming serum as a facelift in a tube, and according to skin-care expert Begoun, it's a very good product. She liked its film-forming agents that may help tighten the skin. She also praised its use of state-of-the-art ingredients, such as antioxidant resveratrol and the manufacturer's proprietary Tensine.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- "Harper's Bazaar" Magazine: Get a Flawless Face
- "Shape" Magazine: Dream Creams
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes