Don’t rely on beauty products alone to combat signs of aging for you; you’ve got to boost your anti aging arsenal with other healthy skin care habits as well. One of the biggest hassles about aging is that, aside from having to deal with a slower metabolism, you’ll also be faced with beauty challenges such as a duller complexion, saggier skin as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Those in the know stock up their skin care supply with potent products such as anti aging creams and serums, and one of those is a skin firming cream. The question, however is: Do they really work?
The truth about skin firming creams for face
Good news, ladies: they do do work — but only to a certain extent. If you truly want to turn back the clock and boast a younger, more radiant and glowing complexion, you need to pair up a quality cream with healthy habits — and that means:
- lessening your coffee/caffeinated drink intake
- ditching your sedentary lifestyle and working out more to tighten and firm up your bod
- getting rid of that nasty smoking habit
- limiting your wine or alcohol intake (a glass a day will do)
- taking vitamins daily for a sturdier immune system and to replenish your body’s nutrients
- eating healthily by infusing tons of fruits and veggies in your diet and drinking lots of water (at least eight glasses a day)
- using SPF and/or sunscreen daily — the sun’s harsh rays can also cause your skin to lose its natural elasticity!
Getting your necessary beauty sleep — the recommended length is six to eight hours, and bedtime should be on or before midnight as the body starts generating new cells once the clock strikes 12 — is also a must in helping your skin repair and renew itself.
Not sure how to find the best skin firming cream for you? Check out the guidelines below.
1. Know your purpose.
Women have varying reasons for wanting to buy a skin tightening cream: Most want to battle signs of aging (every woman’s worst nightmare come true), while others want to firm up their skin post-pregnancy. That’s why, as you browse through hundreds of options, you have to keep in mind your goal. If you’ve just given birth, look for products that can help your skin regain its elasticity post-pregnancy. If you want to hide or even reverse signs of aging, check out those with ingredients that can do the job, such as caffeine, retinol or vitamin A, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE). Caffeine, a known diuretic, can dehydrate fat cells and dilate blood vessels, temporarily making the skin look smoother. Retinol or vitamin A can improve the skin’s elastin — elastin is what keeps the skin supple and prevents it from sagging — while DMAE is a natural antioxidant normally found in fatty fish.
Also, these type of creams have different formulations for the face and the body. One of the most obvious differences is that a skin firming cream for the body will be formulated to target cellulite, while one that’s meant for the face won’t. So know which skin in which part of your body that you want to tighten and tone before you head to the cashier with your latest beauty find!
2. Don’t forget the eye and neck areas!
Most women tend to neglect or “forget” the neck area — a major beauty no no, as the skin on the neck is the first telltale sign of aging. Most skin firming creams for the face can also be used on the neck, so don’t forget to apply it there, too. (Needless to say, make sure your neck is also clean before applying the product)
The skin around the eyes can also contribute to the overall signs of aging. Puffy circles and loose skin in the eye area not only make one look tired, they make one look older as well. Invest in an eye cream that will target these concerns and energize the skin around the eyes, making you appear refreshed — as if you’ve just gotten your beauty sleep.
Tip: Applying eye creams can be quite tricky. If you put it too near your lash line, you might end up with eye soreness and potential stinging (Remember the law of gravity — the product will eventually go down and if applied incorrectly, into your eyes. Ouch!). So make sure to apply it on gently a few centimeters above your lids, using your ring finger, so the product is absorbed before it can even reach your eyes.
3. Consider your skin type.
Women with dry skin will definitely need a skin firming cream that’s more aggressive and boasts a stronger formula, so get one that has lots of moisturizing properties and is oil-based (oil-based moisturizers and products are suitable for any season, hence saving you precious time and money). Those with combination skin should stick to less heavy and less greasy products, while those with oily skin should opt for those with a light, water-based formula.