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When you get to a certain age, the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin decreases. This leads to the signs of ageing – sagging skin, fine lines and dryness. This isn’t just on the skin, but all over the body, particularly the stomach, thighs, bust and upper arms. So a skin firming cream might sound like a good idea. But what makes them work and how effective are they?
In order for a skin firming cream to have any effect, they will need to include one or more ingredients that penetrate the skin to brighten, tighten, plump, smooth and lift. According to How Stuff Works, some of these ingredients include caffeine, retinol and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE). Caffeine, a vasoconstrictor and diuretic, can make the skin appear smoother by dehydrating fat cells and dilating blood vessels, but its effect is temporary. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, can increase collagen production and thicken the skin, indirectly making cellulite less visible. Several small studies have suggested that DMAE, an antioxidant found naturally in fatty fish, plumps and firms skin by causing the muscles to contract, though some experts have questioned the safety of long-term use.
So what are the best skin firming creams on the market? We’ve tried and tested quite a few in our day and we love, and have seen great results in, the following:
La Biosthetique Forme-Actif Traitement Silhouette: The cell-active anti-cellulite gel tightens and lifts the body. Traitement Silhouette supplies the body skin with valuable, highly effective active ingredients.
Gatineau Lift Mask – Masque Lifting: This sensational ‘pick-me-up’ product has an instant action formula that works to restore the skin’s vitality, smoothness, firmness and tone leaving a vitalised appearance. The exclusive complex of plant proteins and added benefits of Botufix help boost collagen and elastin production, while relieving facial tension thus reducing expression lines.
Dr. Spiller Biomimetic Skin Care Silk Complex: Winner of Reader’s Choice Award. A lifting and firming luxury 24hr cream designed to restore volume and contour.