Sagging, wrinkling and other signs of aging are inevitable, but that doesn't mean you have to let it defeat your youthful complexion. Several skin-firming creams come designed with skin-tightening ingredients that nourish and firm your skin's surface. Though they're not as effective as surgical procedures like a face lift, they can help restore some of your face's natural tautness. For the most effective tightening, select a facial tightening cream that's been reviewed and praised by skincare professionals.
Good Skin Smoothing Lifting Eye Cream
Anti-aging skincare expert Paula Begoun tested Good Skin's eye cream for her book "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." She found it effecting for tightening and lifting facial skin around the eyes, saying it comes with an "impressive range" of beneficial, skin-nourishing ingredients. These includes anti-irritants, which can help fight characteristic puffiness related to skin irritation, and antioxidants that may help firm the skin by enhancing collagen production. Begoun concludes that the cream will help "make skin feel silky-smooth."
L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Radiance Perfector
The beauty editors at Harper's Bazaar magazine love L'Oreal's skin-firming cream, saying it can help perfect even mature skin and acts like a "minilift." Beneficial ingredients include moisturizers like petrolatum, shea butter and hydrolyzed soy protein. The magazine specifically liked its use of vitamin C and beta hydroxy acid, both of which the University of Maryland Medical Center says may stimulate collagen levels for a tighter, more lifted appearance. Additionally, L'Oreal adds sunscreen ingredients to prevent sagging and damage due to sun exposure.
Ole Henricksen Feel the Difference Perfecting Face Treatment
The cream designed by Ole Henricksen comes recommended by InStyle magazine's beauty editors as a top choice for Hollywood-worthy style at home. The magazine gave it top marks for the tightening effects of its vitamin E, pomegranate extract and African red tea. All three work as potent antioxidants, thus potentially helping to firm the skin by enhancing elastin and collagen production. Additional beneficial, skin-tightening or firming ingredients include sodium hyaluronate and algae extract.
L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Antiwrinkle and Firming Eye Cream
L'Oreal's firming cream helps tighten and firm not just the eye area but also the rest of your face, according to Cosmopolitan magazine's beauty editors. They specifically recommend it for areas that are prone to puffiness, like near your nose. Users with sensitive skin will love that it contains no irritating fragrances. Beneficial, skin-firming ingredients include a proprietary version of retinol--retinol firms the skin by rejuvenating it and boosting collagen, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center--and soy protein, plus tightening caffeine and moisturizing Shorea robusta butter.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
- Harper's Bazaar Magazine: Get Perfect Skin at Every Age
- InStyle Magazine: Big Night, Small Budget
- Cosmopolitan Magazine: Puffy Face in the Morning