A new generation of face and neck firming creams spare you the pain and discomfort of expensive cosmetic procedures. These lifting and firming creams may not perform miracles, but aim to reduce the appearance of minor bags and sags. Some reportedly even help tighten and firm the face and neck to produce noticeable results over time.
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Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream
The Total Beauty website reports that this cream, for women over 40, helps to tone and firm skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a more youthful-looking complexion. The manufacturer claims Extra Firming Day Cream additionally lifts facial features while smoothing lines and defining contours. Pair this face cream with Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Neck Cream to cover both problem areas.
Cellex-C Skin Firming Cream Plus
Shape magazine picked the “creams of the crop” in face creams. Cellex-C, considered a “dream cream” by the magazine’s beauty editors, contains vital antioxidants such as a “patented vitamin C complex.” The magazine touts this cream’s ability to create the appearance of firm skin. Skin Firming Cream Plus soothes and moisturizes the skin thanks to the addition of natural aloe vera, evening primrose oil and tomato extract.
Total Effects Night Firming Cream for Face and Neck
The Paula's Choice website admits Olay’s nighttime firming cream may not be a miracle product; however it is a good moisturizer with enough film-forming agents and a silky texture to help make your skin look smoother. This single cream will reduce the number of products in your daily beauty regimen—and save you serious money. The oil-free, lightweight formula contains vitamins E, B3 and B5 to help repair free radical damage.
Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream
Good Housekeeping magazine put face and neck firming creams to the test as part of its First Annual Anti-Aging Awards. During the four-week testing period, volunteers tried a number of creams and serums created to firm and lift sagging skin. Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream scored best for firmness. Volunteers raved about the “tightening and smoothing effect” of the cream. One tester noticed the improvement in hydration and that the skin along her jaw appeared tighter.
LOreal Advanced Revitalift Face and Neck
One of InStyle magazine’s “Best Beauty Buys” from L'Oreal Paris offers a solution to your sagging jowls and drooping neck with its firming cream from the Revitalift line. Ingredients in this day cream include the proven wrinkle fighter, retinol in the form of patented Pro-Retinol A + Elastin Complex. InStyle magazine says its panel of industry experts expressed a preference for the firming cream’s silky-smooth feel. L’Oreal bills Advanced Revitalift Face and Neck as an anti-wrinkle and firming moisturizer.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Total Beauty: Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream for All Skin Types
- Shape: Dream Creams
- PaulasChoice: Total Effects Night Firming Cream
- Good Housekeeping: The Winners of Good Houskeeping’s First Annual Anti-Aging Awards (slide 17 of 25)
- InStyle: Best Beauty Buys
- ABC Good Morning America: Consumer Reports Ranks Top Face Creams
- DocShop.com: Non-surgical Face Lift Alternatives
- University of Mrayland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
- "British Journal of Dermatology"; A cosmetic ‘anti-ageing’ product improves photoaged skin: a double-blind, randomized controlled trial; REB Watson, et al.; Aug. 2009