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To put it plainly, aging can often feel like a losing game. There are countless factors that accelerate the body’s aging and skin’s sagging: diet and lifestyle, age-related loss of collagen and elastin, UV damage, dehydration, worldwide pandemics…. the list goes on. There are, however, many effective at-home skin-tightening remedies that can address everything from diminishing under-eye bags to a softening jawline, without lasers, surgery, or other invasive interventions. Thank you, modern technology!
“We have so many potent actives that really can change the quality and health of our skin,” says leading dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman. “And new ingredients are being discovered daily!” Here, she and New York dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe share some of their favorite beauty tools, rollers, anti-aging serums, ingredients, and treatments that work to firm up skin on the face, neck, and body.
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What is the best skin tightening treatment at home?
Being consistent is crucial for skin tightening treatments at home. Dr. Bowe recommends following her “skin cycling” method, which includes exfoliating one night, using a retinoid the next day, letting your skin recover the following two nights, and then repeating the process all over again. “It’s really one of the most effective and reliable ways to firm and tighten skin at home,” says Dr. Bowe.
As for at-home devices? It really depends, notes Dr. Bowe, but gadgets like red light masks can be helpful in smoothing out your visage. As Dr. Engelman noted above, microneedling and microcurrent massagers, like NuFACE, can also improve the appearance of aging skin.
When is the best time to start using skin tightening treatments?
The earlier the better. Dr. Bowe says she has patients in their late 20s who start scheduling tightening treatments at her office, but “I believe that you can achieve a lot of this at home with the right skincare and lifestyle habits.” She recommends using a vitamin C serum followed by sunscreen every morning, skin cycling at night, and managing stress levels with deep breathing, yoga, or meditation. “These are all key when it comes to protecting the collagen you have,” adds Dr. Bowe.
What are the best tips for maintaining tight, firm skin?
- A healthy bedtime routine: “Chronic stress and sleep deprivation can both break down collagen in your skin, leading to premature laxity,” explains Dr. Bowe. “Trying to stick to a regular schedule and protecting your bedtime routine to encourage deep, restorative sleep are essential when it comes to maintaining firm skin.”
- A healthy diet: “Many of my patients find that their skin does benefit from a daily collagen supplement if they’re not regularly drinking bone broth or eating fish skin as part of their daily diet,” says Dr. Bowe. “I usually recommend a high-quality marine source of collagen, but it’s important to take it consistently over 3 months to really appreciate any firming effects in the skin.”
- Having a consistent skincare routine: According to Dr. Bowe, incorporating retinoids, peptides, glycolic acid, and vitamin C into your regimen are the most effective way to revive lackluster skin.
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