By Michelle Miller
CAN YOU REALLY TIGHTEN SKIN?
According to skincare experts and dermatologists…yes.
Firm, tight skin with no visible wrinkles or sagging is the hallmark of youth. In fact, the loss of skin firmness and elasticity is often the first sign of aging we notice—a little sag here, some loose skin there. This is a chapter in our skin story most of us never anticipate.
Of course, the cardinal rule when it comes to minimizing signs of aging is prevention. This means avoiding sun, ALWAYS using a good SPF product, and minding your weight and nutrition—aging is a cumulative process and all the little things you do to hold it at bay make a difference. Still, it is, of course, unavoidable.
Many factors contribute to the appearance of sagging skin, among them age, UV damage, dehydration, smoking. What all these factors have in common is they all lead to loss of collagen.
Collagen is a family of proteins found naturally in the body that is responsible for skin strength and elasticity; it essentially provides the framework for your skin. As we move past our 20s, into our 30s, and beyond, our body’s ability to generate new collagen slows, making skin appear loose, crepey, and old.
Thanks to recent medical and scientific innovations, there are now at-home skin-tightening treatments that address this loss of firmness, and they do the job with no scary lasers, surgery, needles, side effects, or downtime. When it comes to lifting and firming skin on your face, neck, and chest areas, it’s all about the ingredients.
INGREDIENTS THAT WORK
HYALURONIC ACID: Naturally produced by the body, Hyaluronic Acid is a “miracle” ingredient that can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, making it a superior skin hydrating and “plumping” agent. It’s the main ingredient in many injectable fillers that fill sunken areas and smooth fine lines, but it also works wonders in creams and serums for more lifted, glowing skin.
MGF: Modern skincare is a study of beauty-meets-science. One of the newest skincare trends is MGF (Marine Growth Factor). MGF is a form of EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) that stimulates skin growth at the cellular level and is believed to increase collagen production, resulting in younger-looking skin on your neck, face, and chest. MGF is being studied and tested worldwide by scientists and physicians in Asia and Europe to put into both injectable and topical treatments.
PEPTIDES: Peptides have been used for years to help smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When used in a cream, moisturizer, or serum, the newest generation of peptides essentially “tricks” your skin into thinking it’s injured. Your body responds by sending a blast of healing and renewing collagen to the rescue, smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging as a result.
PLANT STEM CELLS: Just like humans, plants have mechanisms for healing themselves after injury. Recent scientific studies focusing on plant stem cells responsible for cellular regeneration have resulted in new applications that help with human tissue regeneration. What does it mean for you? Anti-wrinkle and anti-sagging properties that make your skin feel tighter and more lifted.