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Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Truth In Aging Community March 3, 2016 10 Comments

Once upon a time — not too long ago, actually — there were no good solutions for sagging skin. Luckily, 2016 feels like a whole new world when it comes to saggy skin solutions because advancements in science and technology have brought a slew of products that visibly lift, firm and tighten. There are more effective and brand new active ingredients that boost elastin and collagen to defy gravity. The Truth in Aging community has tried several, and below are their recent recommendations for what truly works.

Solutions for Sagging Skin

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.

"My skin looks tighter and is smoother when I use it. It's one of my favorites and that's saying a lot for a 64 year old woman!" - Paula

Royal Nectar Face Mask ($68) firms and tightens skin using one of nature’s secret weapons — bee venom. This anti-inflammatory active gently firms skin while diminishing lines and wrinkles. This mask also doubles as a night cream for when you need to deeply replenish skin.

"This is my favorite face mask. I use it about once a week as a face mask and periodically as a night cream ... it has a great firming effect on my lower cheeks & jawline." - Cynthia

Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop) 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. 

"Firewall has made a noticeable and remarkable difference in my skin. My acne is clearing and my skin feels tighter and smoother." - Leisha

Benir Beauty BV Nine Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream ($136 in the shop) uses the highest quality bee venom combined with copper peptide ferment, CoQ10 and hyaluronic acid for an active-packed skin cocktail that soaks into skin to tighten and smooth.

"I have few face wrinkles at 61 but have rough patches and some sagging. This cream smooths the surface and the sagging is diminished, combined with the Truth in Aging LED." - Cheryl

Truth Vitality Lux Renew with LED and Ultrasound ($279 in the shop) is our 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. 

"After only three uses I am already noticing a firmness and plumpness to my skin that was not there before, in spite on my use of other very good serums and creams." - Paula

Dr. Dennis Gross Triple C Peptide Firming Oil ($62 in the shop) says it all in the name! Dennis Gross' facial oil uses three kinds of vitamin C and peptides to address a multitude of concerns, including sagging skin! The unique lipid-based peptide chains are the key ingredient for firming in this multipupose oil.

"After using this oil little over a month, I've noticed the sagging around my cheeks are less, fine lines are less noticeable, skin more hydrated, and some of my discoloration disappeared already." - Sonoko

iS Clinical Youth Serum ($150) targets two primary concerns of aging: wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Extremozymes and copper tripeptide growth factors repair damaged skin, reconstructing what has been lost or damaged with time. The addition of antioxidants and vitamins help keep skin protected from future damage.

"I purchased this serum and definitely like the instant firming effects." - Shalani

Prana Active Vitamin Lift ($75 in the shop) harnesses the power of rare Swiss apple stem cells and DMAE to help encourage cell renewal and growth, giving your skin a second chance. These ingredients are supported by several antioxidant-packed botanicals that fight free radicals.

"Really like this lift serum. Seems to plump up the skin and looks more moisturized. Wrinkles are less noticeable. Skin looks healthy and more youthful." - Janet

BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream Complex ($195) uses an advanced blend of peptides and other potent actives to boost collagen production and protect against photo damage, leaving skin firmer, smoother and more even toned.

"It seemed to actually lift and smooth the skin. The texture and firmness seemed to last all day and my makeup went on so much better. My face was very hydrated." - Gloria

  • September 22, 2016

    by Caroline Howard

    Massaging your face and neck with a natural oil like olive oil helps tighten loose skin to keep it firm and smooth. Olive oil has antioxidants like vitamins A and E that render anti-aging benefits. It will also help keep your skin well moisturized.

  • March 7, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Dennis, I'm not sure what the sources are for the article that you link to, but I have been asked this question before and it seems that the origin of this concern is a 2002 study. As far as I can tell, it is the only of one its kind. I can find no other studies that try to replicate the results, support or refute them. On the other hand, there are tons of studies showing the positive aspects of ascorbyl palmitate.
    Here is a very useful round up of all the toxicity studies:
    It includes the 2002, but as you can see there is nothing else like it, even remotely.

    Furthermore, I found this article published in the same journal as the Meve study, that raises doubts about it. You need to scroll all the way down as it is in the last section:
    On the basis of the questions raised about the Meve study, the lack of anything similar or replicated, and plenty of positive research, I would personally be happy to continue to use products with this ingredient.

    I will do more research though and try to round up everything in a post.

  • March 5, 2016

    by Dennis

    Marta, after using many serums with Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Ascorbyl Tretaisopalmitate) it is my favorite ingredient, and I'm convinced that it firms the skin. I recently came across an article that really upset me though, it claims "Under UV exposure, ascorbyl palmitate is toxic to skin cells and contributes to disease states including skin cancer."

    Any thoughts?

  • March 5, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Alex, LED does not force cell division. That would happen with something like laser, which causes a trauma and thus production of new cells. LED works by creating a signal between cells to produce collagen. You can read more in this article on how LED works:

  • March 5, 2016

    by alex

    Hi I was reading Martha's article last year about the Hayflick limit. She said any treatments that penetrate deeply and encourage cells to divide could cause us to reach this limit quicker and is thus detrimental to skin. Does LED fall into this category?

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