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Best of 2017: Firming Serum

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December 6, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

Every December we honor some of the amazing anti-aging products that have delivered unparalleled results throughout the year. The Truth In Aging Best Of Awards is now a hotly anticipated event by both our community members and our carefully-curated brands. The treatments, serums and creams we award not only meet our strict standards — innovative, ethical, good for the skin — but are also proven effective by tough critics (aka real women and men like you). So whether you are looking for a line smoother, glow booster, anti-aging eye cream or all of the above, stay tuned over the coming days as we reveal the standout products in every category.  

Today we're awarding the best serum for firming sagging skin. And the winner is...

Skin 2 Skin Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum ($73 in the shop) was added to our arsenal of firming creams back in the spring of this year. Skin is lifted especially around the jawline and lower cheeks. Overall, my skin is firmer and softer.

One of the things I like about this creamy-textured serum, is that the ingredients list doesn’t take an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. It is tightly focused on two very good peptide complexes, green tea stem cells.

Syn-tacks is a combination of two synthetic peptides. According to the manufacturer, they interact with the most relevant protein structures of the dermal-epidermal junction and stimulates a broad spectrum of things responsible for youthful skin — laminin V, collagen types IV, VII and XVII and integrin — all at once. Collagen IV activity is increased by a whopping 190 percent, according to the manufacturer.

Syn-Coll is a peptide molecule that works in two ways. First, it boosts collagen by mimicking the body’s own mechanism to activate transforming growth factor beta, TGF-β (Tissue Growth Factor), a key element in the synthesis of collagen. It also protects collagen from degradation through the inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP).

A note about the silicone included in the formula. Skin 2 Skin has consciously introduced it here to help soften and reduce scars and blemishes. I can attest to this working as by using it with a retinol, I erased a blemish scar that I had been stuck with for over a year. Independent research has demonstrated that silicone increases hydration of stratum corneum, helping to regulate fibroblast production and reduction in collagen production. The result is a softer and flatter scar.

As always with Skin 2 Skin, this is a highly effective formula that does what it sets out to do and contains no nasties. For firmer, more velvety skin, Skin 2 Skin Anti-Sagging serum is a worthy 2017 Best of winner.

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