The 3 Best Skin Tightening Creams

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In this post I am showing you the 3 best skin tightening creams to help address the signs of aging. Why you ask? Because turning 40 was really emotional for me and I feel that was when I really started to see a difference in my fine lines and wrinkles along with loss of volume in my cheeks and looseness in my skin. Adding all these visible changes to my face, not to mention my body, was really difficult for me.


Growing old gracefully is not always easy in the world that we live in, especially with what we see in Instagram on the daily. I know there are certainly days that I beat myself up comparing what I look like to the beautifully, perfect people that I see. Now I know what goes on behind the scenes for those photo shoots, but it still hits me nonetheless.  I know that might sound shallow to some of you, but I know that there are also some of you that can totally relate!


So that’s why I decided to write this. Being an esthetician for over 11 years, I sure have come across some products that I’ve really seen make a change in the category of facial firmness and laxity. Here I’m going to show you (in my opinion) the 3 best skin tightening creams that will really make a difference in your skin, and also give you three different price points.


So Why Do All These Changes Happen?


Well, as we age our skin starts to lose its collagen and elastin. Collagen provides our skin with its plumpness and volume and elastin helps our skin maintain its shape. Over time the loss of these two key components cause our skin to lose its shape and sag causing heavy eyelids, bags under the eyes, and jowls. The trifecta that NO ONE wants!


Not only do the above internal factors occur as we age, but there are also external factors that also occur such as sun damage, smoking, and the positions that we sleep in.



So How Do We Fix These Signs Of Aging?


Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables will help to combat the loss of collagen and elastin. Beans, cabbage and garlic are all rich in sulfur which aids in the formation of collagen. Broccoli, spinach, kiwi and goji berries are all rich in Vitamin C which also supports the process of collagen formation and reduces oxidative damage to the skin.


Hydrating the skin is the second easiest way to boost collagen. The more hydrated your skin is, the better the environment it gives for collagen and elastin to thrive. Check out the 3 best skin tightening creams below to boost up the hydration in your skin.



1# SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, $218

Don’t let the price of this serum scare you away because you get what you pay for! This serum addresses pretty much EVERY possible sign of aging in the skin. It’s loaded with protein-rich growth factors (the first ingredient on the list), as well as peptides, antioxidants, and any other good-for-your complexion ingredient you can think of.

skinmedica tns essential serum


How It Works:

It features TWO active formulas that combine to smooth wrinkles and regenerate skin cells for a more youthful appearance. The TNS complex is a protein and amino acid rich serum to reduce inflammation and the signs of aging. The APS corrective complex is a mixture of anti-aging ingredients, peptides and antioxidants to strengthen sagging skin.


Who It’s Good For:

Skin Types: Acne-Prone, Mature, Sensitive, Combination, Dry, Oily, Normal

Skin Concerns: Aging, Dryness, Dehydration, Hyperpigmentation, Fine Lines/Wrinkles, Loss of Firmness

Application Area: Face, Neck, Decollete



#2 Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream, $128

This is the ultimate anti-aging cream that’s famous for its gel-to-cream texture which allows it to be super moisturizing, yet ultra-lightweight. It’s formulated with powerful marine and plant-based actives and rich in anti-oxidants, amino acids and vitamins which leave skin feeling significantly firmer and more resilient.


elemis marine cream


How It Works:

It contains powerful anti-aging ingredients like Mediterranean algae, padina pavonica, ginkgo biloba, chlorella, and rose which synergistically work together to intensely moisturize the skin and visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, suppleness, firmness and elasticity.


Who It’s Good For:

Skin Types: Mature, Sensitive, Dry, Normal

Skin Concerns: Aging, Dryness, Dehydration, Hyperpigmentation, Fine Lines/Wrinkles, Loss of Firmness

Application Area: Face, Neck, Decollete



#3 Thrive Causemetics Defying Gravity Moisturizer, $49

I am obsessed with all things Thrive! Not only do I love the brand’s philosophy, but I love Karissa’s passion for empowering women. I’ve had a few personal interactions with her on Instagram and she couldn’t be a sweeter soul!

This cream doesn’t disappoint. Not only is the price point great, but it truly holds up to the description of the “holy grail” moisturizer. It delivers all day hydration to smooth, firm and lift your skin without feeling greasy or heavy. It’s chock-full of anti-oxidant rich ingredients that smooth fine lines and improve the firmness and elasticity of your skin.


defying gravity moisturizer for 3 best skin tightening creams


How It Works:

It contains astaxanthin (red algae extract) which supports the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and elasticity while providing powerful antioxidant properties known to be 6000x more potent than vitamin C, ferulic acid which provides enhanced antioxidant protection while boosting the efficacy of other antioxidants like vitamin E, a combination of sodium hyaluronate and vitamin B5 to plump, hydrate and replenish moisture, along with a few other ingredients that work together to improve the elasticity and firmness to your skin. Added bonus: you can also use it around your eye area!!


Who It’s Good For:

Skin Types: All Skin Types (Mature, Sensitive, Dry, Normal, Oily)

Skin Concerns: Aging, Dryness, Dehydration, Hyperpigmentation, Fine Lines/Wrinkles, Loss of Firmness

Application Area: Face, Neck, Decollete



If you have a day or night cream that you consider the “holy grail” or a “must have” of moisturizers I would love to hear from you. Drop a comment below to let me know what it is so I can give it a try!


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