How to Tighten Skin & Stop the Clock on Sagging Skin
Gravity comes for us all. As we get older, physics takes over and our skin just doesn’t stay as tight, voluminous, and bouncy as it once was. The loss of laxity is a very normal part of aging. It represents cumulative years of UV radiation breaking down proteins—primarily collagen and elastin—in the dermis of our skin.
So what are our options? A facelift? Maybe so, but going under the knife to take off a few years is a seriously drastic move. There has to be a better way, right? A way to tighten face skin at home—avoiding the knives and needles of a doctor’s office.
Well, good news and bad news. The good news is that you do have some helpful options to tighten face skin at home (including good old-fashioned skin care ingredients). The bad news is that at-home treatments do have their limits and will take some patience and consistency. While there will always be products to help with minor volume loss, the most powerful and dramatic results will always come from professional treatments.
If you’re looking for a way to tighten face skin at home before resorting to more drastic measures, first try a few of these methods and products. Then, if you’re happy with the results, chat with your aesthetician. With pro treatments, you will see a more dramatic change in two to three weeks, but they do require multiple treatments for full results.
Keep reading for four ways to tighten face skin at home, complete with product recommendations and insights.
While not a long-term solution, some at-home microcurrent devices can provide temporary tightening by building muscle tone in the face. That said, it’s important to remember these are not long-lasting and you generally need to use the devices daily to maintain results.
These devices generate a low-voltage electricity meant to mimic our muscles’ natural energy production. Over time, this current is believed to build and tone the muscle—like a workout for your face, though there isn’t a ton of data backing it up (which, given the price of the devices, may not make it worth your investment).
The metal nodules on the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device are meant to glide along the natural contours of your face (with the help of a gel primer). The brand recommends starting at five days per week for two months, and then two to three times per week for maintenance. Light pressure and an upward motion are recommended for optimal results.
If you like the idea of going to a “face gym” to tighten your skin, Therabody—the brand best known for its massage guns—also makes a microcurrent device for your face. This device also comes with other attachments that add a little more bang for your buck: an LED ring for red or blue light therapy, a deep cleansing ring, and three percussive attachments for facial massage.
LED light gadgets and masks might also target volume loss. Phototherapy can help tighten skin over time as the light energy targets fibroblasts and helps stimulate collagen and elastin production, but warns that light therapy needs approval from your derm. If you are prone to hyperpigmentation, see your dermatologist first before using phototherapy, as depending on the cause of your hyperpigmentation, the heat and light may exacerbate dark spots.
Collagen-Producing Skin Care
Doubling down on your skincare isn’t the fastest way to get results, but it’s effective (and can be used in combination with something more experimental, like a microcurrent device). Collagen—a protein that our bodies naturally produce that plumps skin—is your new BFF if you’re looking to tighten up.
While applying products with collagen in them doesn’t really work, there are some ingredients that encourage your body to up its own collagen production. Try looking for vitamin C and ferulic acid.
Is there anything retinol can’t do? Well, yes. It can’t pay your rent or do your taxes…but it does a lot of good for your skin by increasing skin cell production (and that turnover is a great way to look bouncier and tighter overall) and stimulating collagen production, which will plump skin and make it look tighter as a result. Prescription retinoids like tretinoin or tazarotene will show faster results, but over-the-counter solutions are a bit milder and can be better for sensitive skin.
For over-the-counter retinol, look for one that’s gentle enough so that it’s suitable for daily use.
FAQ for How to Tighten Skin
- Why is my face skin so loose?
- As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce as much collagen—a protein responsible for plump, lifted skin. Years of UV exposure can also break our skin down, cause wrinkles, and make it less resilient.
- How do I tighten loose skin on my face?
- For more drastic results, in-office treatments like Halo or Fraxel lasers can stimulate collagen production. At-home solutions take longer to work and won’t be quite as dramatic, so do your research, read reviews, and talk to your dermatologist if you aren’t sure which option you want to try.
- What is the best home remedy for skin tightening?
- A good skin care regimen that features collagen-producing ingredients like vitamin C and anti-aging go-tos like retinol is the best way to tighten face skin at home. There are some at-home devices that you can try, but there isn’t a lot of conclusive data to support the results.
Botanica Anti-Aging Treatments
No matter what you try at home, a facial from the pros, with expert knowledge, skills, and instruments is your best option for how to tighten skin and kepe your face looking young. Taking care of your skin is an investment, but it doesn’t have to be expensive with a monthly facial and making sure you’re using the right products at home. Contact Botanica today for a facial with oodles of advice and genuine care for your skin’s well-being!
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