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Sagging skin is often characteristic of aging skin because your skin loses its natural elasticity and tightness over years of skin damage. Several lifestyle changes can help improve skin firmness, including exercise and drinking plenty of water. Additionally, some of the best firming creams and lotions, as selected by skin care experts, can help to topically firm up your skin's appearance.
Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Firming Night Cream
Skin care expert Paula Begoun tested Chanel's night firming cream. She liked its texture, saying it feels "great" and has a rich, emollient consistency. She also says it includes "state-of-the-art ingredients" like vitamin-based antioxidants that can help nourish and condition the overall health of your skin cells. By infusing your skin layer with moisture, it can help firm the skin surface by plumping up each of your skin cells.
Helena Rubinstein Prodigy
The editors at "Shape" magazine picked the Prodigy firming cream as one of the best skin care products available. They gave it top marks for its efficacious incorporation of ceramics and vitamins, saying these help to firm and tighten the skin to reduce wrinkles and other signs of sagging. Additional beneficial ingredients include antioxidants like vitamin E, which can help combat further skin damage that may lead to more sagging.
Fruits & Passion Shea Hand Butter
For firming and tightening the skin on your hands to restore their youthfulness, the editors of "Good Housekeeping" magazine recommend Fruits & Passion's hand cream. They say it will immediately firm up your skin's appearance using a combination of humectants and emollients. It's formulated with antioxidant-rich olive extract, natural moisturizers like shea butter and carrot extract.
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Firming Moisture Cream
Vitamin A helps firm your skin by potentially encouraging a greater production of collagen, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. "Good Housekeeping" magazine suggests trying Garnier Nutrioniste's firming cream for smoother and firmer skin due to its vitamin A content. Sensitive skin users will be glad that it doesn't contain any fragrances, a common irritating substance found in many skin care products.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- Shape Magazine: Best Skin Care Products
- Good Housekeeping Magazine: Sagging Skin
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
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