Sagging ages us more than wrinkles (at least in my opinion), but until very recently topical products didn’t really firm and lift the skin (despite claims). This began to change in the past year or so with some breakthrough ingredients (such as ChroNoline) that do make a difference. I posted on them back in August in my Five Best ingredients for firming sagging skin. With these actives in mind and based on my own testing, I finally feel confident to select specific products. So here is my very first Five Best products for stopping the sag.

La Vie Celeste’s Extra Rich Cream ($75 in the TIA shop). Like other La Vie Celeste products, the ingredients are natural and organic. The star of the show is caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, the commercial name is Chronoline. This new favorite of La Vie Celeste has also been added to the eye cream ($60 in the TIA shop). Caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 is derived from a growth factor, namely TGF-ß and stimulates production of laminin 5 (as well as collagen VII). Tetrapeptide-3 is also supposed to be pretty good at beefing up fibronectin (by 60% apparently). With apple stem cells and other good anti-agers, LVC’s Extra Rich Crème is a luxuriously rich moisturizer that suits dry skin or makes a great night cream for face and neck. Read the full review.

Your Best Face Control ($160 in the TIA shop). Control has been formulated with several sag fighting peptides. Both work on elasticity, the loss of which leads to the dreaded droop. One is Syn-Hycan and the company that makes it tested it on women aged 56 to 65 years with loose skin on face and forearms and claims a significant decrease in sagging and double chins. Another ingredient in Control, Relistase has also been designed to treat sagginess and restore firmness to the skin. As you would expect with YBF, there’s a ton of antioxidants here. This is my go to night serum and find it hydrating as well as firming, lasting me through to morning. Read the full review.

Osmotics Nécolleté ($63 in the TIA shop). This neck and décolleté cream was one of the first products to formulate with the relatively new Essenskin. Mostly calcium and essential amino acids, Essenskin been tested on sagging necklines and it is claimed that skin density increased by 68%, firmness and elasticity by 80%. Nécolleté also has Syn-Hycan, which lifts sagging skin by stimulating hyaluronan (HA) synthesis and expression of the proteoglycans, decorin and lumican. Read Stephanie’s review.

Skin Nutrition Cell CPR ($170 in the shop). As well as being an excellent all round anti-aging serum, Skin Nutrition Cell CPR is one of the few serums (M.A.D Age Corrective Serum is one of the rare others) with adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Ever wondered why those salon microcurrent treatments make your face firmer? Theory has it that microcurrent treatments work by improving the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical in muscles that provides energy. Hence firming the skin. ATP is the main energy source for the majority of cellular – and muscular – functions. This includes the synthesis of DNA. Living things use ATP like a battery – storing and using energy when needed and, it seems, in complex ways (a sprinter will use ATP very differently from a marathon runner). Read the full review.

Ultra Renew ($89 in the shop). By far the best skin firmer that I have found is ultrasound. The way it works is that the ultrasound energy causes rapid oscillation of tissue and this promotes movement of fluid waves against cells. This action facilitates movement between the inner and outer cells and thereby increasing fibroblastic activity and collagen formation. Regular use at home (three to five times a week) has noticeably lifted sagging that was starting around my mouth and jawline. Read more on ultrasound and how it works and on the Ultra Renew.

Ingredients in LVC: Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbian Olivate, Sodium Lactate, Malus domestica fruit cell culture, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Heliantus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, r-Lipoic Acid, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Extract, Spirulina Platenis Geitler Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Niacinamide, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sclerotium Gum, Dextran, Phospholipids, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Paradise (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in YBF Control: reverse osmosis water, Relistase (glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine, Syn-Hycan (tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magneisum chloride, glycerin), Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-3), nylon-12, olivem, Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), olive squalane, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, ethoxydiglycol, dimethylisosorbide, meadowfoam seed oil, trans resveratrol, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), vitamin e, c10-c30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, leucidal, lipochroman-6, sodium hyaluronate, coenzyme Q10, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, alpha lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid), triethanolamine

Ingredients in Osmotics: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Pentylene Glycol, Calcium Hydroxymethionine, 3-Aminopropane Sulfonic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Glycerin, Magnesium Chloride, Saccharide Isomerate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Carbomer, Tromethamine

Ingredients in Skin Nutrition Cell CPR: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Phytosphingosine, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Cyclodextrin, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3, Norleucine Acetate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Rh-oligopeptide-1 (Egf), Rh-polypeptide-1 (Bfgf), Copper Tripeptide-1, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Peg-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Mitracarpus Scaber Extract, Superoxide Dismutase (Sod), Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate (Atp), Yeast Polysaccharides, Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Oleyl Alcohol, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Perfluorodecalin, Ceramide 3, Rhodochrosite Extract, Hematite Extract, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Allantoin, Peg-32, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Alcohol,Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol