One of the most booming segments of the multi-million dollar skin care industry is the anti-aging segment. This segment provides products to people looking for firmer and tighter skin.
Now the problem is that there are tons of anti-aging products in the market and an average buyer like you can easily get confused! The best way to buy a great firming cream could be by reading its ingredient list in the label. When you know what they have, you can judge best whether that firming cream will work for you or not.
Co-Q10 or coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring element that is found in your skin cells. It helps the cell to produce energy. As you age, the levels of its presence decrease in your skin leading to saggy and loose skin, wrinkles and fine lines.
So if you chose a firming cream that has this element in it, as it will stimulate the energy production in your cells. That will result in a better, firmer skin. You can find many over-the-counter products sold in retail chains that have this enzyme in it.
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One of the most popular ingredients in anti-aging creams is collagen. It may not firm your skin per se, but will make it tighter and smoother in appearance. This is another natural element, a kind of protein that diminishes as we age. Companies in the skin care business that have collagen based products claim that collagen can be re-infused into the skin to make fine line and wrinkles disappear by filling them. That in turn gives very smooth, tight and plump looking skin. But one thing that is to be noted in this regard is that the molecules of collagen are bigger that what a skin can absorb, so often times it simply stays on top of skin and don’t penetrate the dermis. Hence there is a controversy regarding the claim that collagen can improve the signs of aging.
Another important ingredient for firming creams is elastin. This is also a naturally found protein and used extensively in anti-aging creams. It is the reason for the youthful, firm and tout look of your skin when you are young. But as we age, the production of elastin also goes down. When that happens, fine lines, saggy skin and wrinkles are formed in your skin. You lose your skin elasticity when you lose elastin.
Theoretically, elastin gives back the resiliency of your skin and so it’s used extensively in firming creams. But as studies have shown, this may not be very true as the molecules of the element are too large for the skin to absorb, as are collagen molecules. Since they are not absorbed in the dermis, they just stay on the top layer. Hence the claim that elastin is great for creams to reduce sagginess, is quite debatable.
A new compound that has become the buzzword of anti-aging segment in 2010 is Cynergy TK. Sourced from the wool of New Zealand sheep, Q10 is a form of keratin, a kind of protein. The fibers in sheep’s wool are broken down by scientists to extract amino acids and keratins. These are then used in the skin care products. It is claimed that peptides and lipids of the keratin can intensely hydrate the skin and improve the elasticity of it making it plumper and better looking. But tests are still being carried out to make sure this claim is true. Only time and presence of Q10 in market will make the consumer aware and knowledgeable about the products that have this ingredient.
Another ingredient found in firming creams to tighten skin is caffeine. It has been proven that caffeine is effective in firming skin as well in reduction of cellulite appearance in parts of body like stomach, thigh, and buttocks. Blood vessels contract due to caffeine which makes the skin firm and tight, but temporarily. As long as the caffeine is active, which may be just a few hours, the skin will stay smooth. But when that period is over, it will return to its original state.