When I first started Truth In Aging and was asked for topical solutions for sagging skin, I was compelled to answer that there really weren’t any. Things have come such a long way since then; it feels as if I am looking back on the skin care Dark Ages. There are more effective and brand-new ingredients that boost elastin and collagen to defy gravity. Droopy eyelids and hang-dog jowls are no longer an inevitability with these solutions for sagging skin.
BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Gel Cream ($245). This is one of BRAD’s newest products. After applying this gel, the skin feels instantly tighter. Although this is doubtless superficial, it is still useful and over time the effect of Sublime is firming and plumping. The key ingredients are collagen-boosting Matrixyl 3000 and a cutting-edge plant stem cell that reduces micro-inflammation and protects the skin’s own cells. Read the full review.
suki facial lift ultimate firming cream ($164.95). Glycine is an amino acid that helps in the formation of muscle tissue and is found in high concentrations in the skin and connective tissue. Suki’s facial lift majors on glycine soja, which has a significant amount of this amino acid. This may be why testers have found it to be helpful in firming jowl lines. In addition, there are tons of botanical antioxidants such as resveratrol and natural skin conditioners.
Arcona Peptide Firming Complex ($72). Arcona’s epidermal growth factor promotes collagen and elastin production. There’s also Syn-tacks and Syn-coll, peptides that also increase collagen. As always with Arcona, the formula is simple and targeted. Read the full review.
Your Best Face Control ($160 in the shop). Control remains one of the best skin firmers that I know of. The formula is very much focused on elasticity – critical for helping the skin defy gravity. At the heart of Control are two tripeptides. One is marketed under the name of Syn-Hycan and is specifically, aimed at lifting sagging skin. The other is called Relistase and it inhibits elastase activity and boosts collagen 1 synthesis. Plus there is Matrixyl 3000, a blend of two peptides for boosting collagen production. Read the full review.
Stemulation Elevate Eye Cream ($75). Designed to increase firmness and elasticity, Stemulation Elevate lifts lids and sends bags packing. The key ingredient is Stemulation’s signature epidermal growth factor (human conditioned media). There’s also maritime pine for increasing elasticity and antioxidants such as milk thistle. Elevate also does a good job on crepey lines. Read the full review.
Benir Beauty BV Nine Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream ($136 in the shop). I am very excited by this new find from Canada. It has some of my favorite ingredients: bee venom, copper peptides and coenzyme Q10. BV Nine is a collagen boosting, wrinkle repairer that is also hydrating. I have had good results on firming the neck with this. Read the full review.
Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop). This is one of the heaviest hitters with Matrixyl 3000, copper peptides, niacinamide and some powerful free radical scavengers. Copper is the key mineral in lysyl oxidase, an enzyme that weaves together collagen and elastin. Niacinamide increases ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content. Read the full review.
E’shee Alpha Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream ($284). This newly launched eye cream promises “stronger dermal structures in about 28 days and dramatically improved skin texture”. And it delivers. This really firms the area skin and lifts lids. The key active is a new peptide known as TT2 that can reduce “sagging and slacking”, as well as improve firmness and elasticity, according to a study conducted for Lucas Meyer Cosmetics. It also has okra, which is high in galacturonic acid (a big deal in the composition of cell walls). Read the full review.
Osmotics Lipofill ($73). This is a facial serum designed to target marionette lines and loss of volume. A key ingredient is rye extract, which is said to act as an internal tensor and boosts the skin’s abilities to firm and lift. Tripeptide 1 mimics the relationship of the growth factors involved in the healing process and synthesis of collagen. Specifically, it is supposed to stimulate the synthesis of collagen I and III, fibronectin and laminin. Read the full review.