When you are young, your skin looks firm and taut because youthful skin has natural elasticity which can withstand the fluctuation brought by weight loss or gain. But as you age, the skin starts loosing this natural thickness and firmness and as a result, wrinkles and sagging skin start appearing.
With more and more people looking for ways to prevent this or to slow the process, beauty product companies are researching to create revolutionary skin tightening products that will answer to these problems.
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The following are descriptions of some of the products and information on what they have that can help you to fight aging and sagging skin.
Cellular Vs Topical
In topical cream, the most important ingredients are the hydrating agents that provide moisture to the skin, making them plumper. That makes the skin look fine and firmer. Today’s skin tightening products are further fortified with ingredients that have better penetrating power. So they can go deep into the skin and actually rebuild the cellular tissues underneath. The result is a beautiful, firmer skin which stays like that for longer period of time.
Elastin and Collagen
In all our tissues, and especially skin tissues, there is a considerable presence of protein-based connective fibers called collagen and elastin. Today’s prominent skin tightening products come with ingredients that help in the formation of these fibers.
Remember, if your skin does not have enough collagen, it will look thin – and when elastin is missing, it will sag and loose its elasticity. But if you can provide the right dose of nutrients to the skin, these deficiencies can be met as your body will produce more collagen and elastin.
Vitamins and Minerals
Many body and face lotions today come fortified with Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. These vitamins are necessary if you want to have and maintain healthy skin. Among them, vitamin C has a major role to play in collagen renewal. To help in the working of Vitamin C, which helps in elastin development, most skin tightening products are further fortified with minerals zinc and copper.
Firming and Tightening Ingredients
Some firming and tightening ingredients used commonly in lotions include:
Copper peptide: Peptides or protein fragments of copper are found to be very effective in reducing the formation of scar tissue. This peptide also promotes the synthesis of different components of the skin matrix like proteoglycans, elastin, glycosaminoglycans and others.
Alpha-lipoic acid: This is a strong antioxidant that can even repair damaged skin’s DNA! It also makes vitamins more effective.
Gota Kola: You may know this extract as centella asiatica on your skin tightening products labels. This extract is very effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scar tissues. It also improves the circulation to the skin and strengthens it as well.
Coenzyme Q10: Another powerful antioxidant, this is responsible for delivering energy to the mitochondria of cell. CoQ10 can easily penetrate the skin cells and thus help them to repair while boosting the production of collagen and elastin.
Dimethylaminoethanol: Also known as DMAE, this is a naturally found compound present in anchovies and sardines. Our brain also produces this compound. Its role in treating diseases like ADHD and Alzheimer’s is clinically established, but whether it is as effective in skin care is still left to doubt. DMAE is present in those skin tightening products that call themselves ‘face lift in a jar’ and do have visible results of skin tightening.
Methyisulfonylmethane (MSM): This is a kind of sulphur that is easily used by the body. The result is an increase in the blood flow which makes the skin softer. It also minimizes the appearance of wrinkles as it replaces bad cell with healthy cells with elastin. This ingredient is critical for the formation of all kinds of connective tissues.
Stem Cell Activation
Some skin tightening products like serums or cream based products have ingredients that include peptides and lipids. These two ingredients enhance the natural stem cell production of our skin. When such cells are stimulated, it results in cell regeneration and you have new cells which look and behave exactly like youthful cells.
Young cells are better suited to handle toxins as they are more soft and plump than older cells, which have non elastic walls and are harder. As for the price of such a product, it generally differs from manufacturer to manufacturer depending on the ingredients.