What Really Works for Firming Skin

One of the telltales signs of aging is the loss of skin's elasticity. As we get older, skin loses collagen and elastin, its supportive connective tissue. Hyaluronic acid, which is the glue-like substance that helps to hold the skin's cells together, also starts to decline as we get older as a result of enzymatic activity. As if all that weren't enough, our facial muscles weaken with age. Our skin loses that firm, taut texture and looks and feels thinner and more crepey.

Fortunately, there are noninvasive skin-tightening treatments that can combat these early signs of aging. For maximum efficiency, you need to look to the key actives in your skin care products. Hydration, while essential, will not be enough to tighten and firm skin that is beginning to sag. Improving elasticity also requires potent anti-agers such as peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and vitamins. The following anti-aging products have a proven track record for effectiveness, as shown by the glowing feedback of the Truth In Aging community!

Firming Skin Solutions

Your Best Face Control ($160 in the shop) uses peptides and antioxidants, including Syn-Hycan and Relistase, to improve elasticity, which is critical for combating sagging skin. These, combined with its numerous antioxidants, work together to reduce deep wrinkles, repair sun damage and rejuvenate the complexion.

"I use it every day and there is NO sagging, few fine lines. I have women at the various make up counters where I USED to purchase products ask me what I'm using. I of course tell them, and provide the TIA website for products and cutting edge skin care." —Karen

"The ingredients are amazing, and seem to do more for firming, wrinkles and overall skin texture than any serum I have tried thus far." —Kimberly

MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop) uses the potent antioxidant coenzyme Q10 to support healthy, radiant skin. It reduces mitochondrial oxidative damage and promotes healthy cell function in order to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, firm skin and fade age spots.

"I really didn't notice any difference until my fourth week of use — my skin looked firm to the touch. After washing my face one evening, I came out of the bathroom, and my daughter said, 'Mom, your skin looks so good — what have you been using?' I looked in the mirror and noticed that it indeed looked good. Now in my fifth week, the skin around my cheeks is firmer and my pores almost non-existent. It feels smooth to the touch and has a glow to it. The skin under my eyes also looks relaxed. I would recommend the MitoQ serum to anyone looking to get firmer skin.' —Naheed

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair ($58/1 oz) is formulated with active copper and peptides to firm, hydrate, and smooth fine lines. This firming cream also evens out skin tone and calms redness and irritation, leaving your skin healthy looking and glowing.

"I noticed a firmer, plumping effect within the first week or so of using Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair. Nice that it didn't take 6-8 weeks to see any progress, like many products do. When I touched my skin, it had a nice elasticity to it. I also noticed an overall improvement in skin tone and brightness." —Margie

BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift ($210 in the shop) is a hyaluronic acid serum featuring Matrixyl 3000, Snap-8, Argireline, and vitamins to smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin tone and firmness. Its heavy-hitting ingredients work to stimulate collagen production, repair and plump the skin.

"After six weeks of use, my skin has greater clarity and translucency, and though not 'lifted', feels bouncy and firm." —Jess

"I find that with only a couple of uses, fine lines disappear. Ultra-hydrating, this product is chock full of ingredients that moisturize and plump the skin." —Heather

Astara Age Defying Complex ($85) restructures skin's elasticity, stimulates cell renewal and encourages oxygenation for healthy, firm skin. Nourishing niacin, ginkgo biloba and royal jelly improve skin's texture and clarity.

"Just after a few days of use I realized that my somewhat loose skin at the front of my neck (what I call 'turkey throat') had tightened up to a remarkable degree, as well as a noticeable tightening of the facial skin as a whole." —Gunilla

Medik8 CE-Tetra ($115 in the shop) is a potent serum with vitamins C and E that protects against free radicals and stimulates synthesis of new collagen and elastin while preventing other signs of premature aging. It helps combat sun-induced skin damage, brighten hyperpigmentation and improve skin's texture and tone.

"The results are not so subtle anymore. The right side of my face is smoother, firmer and the pores are smaller. I even decided to stop using this product for three days to see if the results were permanent or just an effect of the serum on my skin. The results are real. If I had to quantify it, I'd say the four weeks of using it have turned the clock back five years for me." —Mare

"After two weeks of use, I realized the fine lines that have appeared under my eyes had disappeared. Within another week, I noticed the smile lines from my nose to mouth no longer appeared as deep. I'm very impressed with the results on lines and wrinkles." —Gretchen

Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Day Creme ($80 in the shop) contains a peptide complex that helps to promote elasticity and firmness. Hyaluronic acid, non-comedogenic jojoba oil and other botanical actives provide deep moisturization, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by plumping and smoothing skin's surface.

"I felt my face looked more plump, firm and even-toned after using it for 3 months. I did a lot of going without makeup during that time, unashamedly I might add." —Kimberly


One of the most effective non-invasive treatments for firming sagging skin is ultrasound. Ultrasound (ultrasonic) is high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz. Ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head to the skin, causing a vibration of the surrounding tissues (particularly those that contain collagen) which boosts fibroblastic activity and collagen formation. TIA's Marta reports that "Ultrasonic is the best thing I have found so far for counteracting sagging skin."

Truth Vitality Lux Renew with LED and Ultrasound ($279 in the shop) is our brand-new FDA-cleared at-home device that delivers safe anti-aging treatments for facial lines and acne. It tones and smoothes and skin using the combination of ultrasound, red LED, and blue LED therapy. Red LED generates new collagen, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, rosacea and broken veins, while Blue LED produces singlet oxygen, which destroys acne-causing bacteria. 

Are there any skin care products you've tried from TIA that have successfully firmed your skin? Let us know in the comments below!