While we wish we could lose a couple of kilos in a flash, the only way to lose weight is slow and steady. However, there are plenty of ingredients we can use to firm our flesh. A lot of them are already and waiting on the chemist shelf. Here’s a few of them, thanks to LiveStrong:
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to fight particles in the body, known as free radicals, that cause inflammation. When you apply retinol to your skin, the antioxidants fight off free radicals that can cause collagen and elastin breakdown, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Caffeine is a natural vasoconstrictor, meaning it tightens the blood vessels when applied, according to Real Simple. Just a small amount of caffeine-containing cream is all you need to tighten your skin. This cream serves as more of a temporary solution than others that are applied to stimulate new cell growth.
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are derived from fruit acids. They include glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, according to Oprah.com. When applied to the skin, these acids help exfoliate the skin, removing its top layer. As a result, the skin improves in texture and appears smoother. Because the exfoliation may make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen when applying alpha or beta hydroxy acids.
Kinetin is required for plants to grow, according to the Mayo Clinic. While the exact action of tightening the skin is unknown by researchers, it is theorized that kinetin helps to stimulate collagen production. Kinetin also takes on antioxidant properties when applied to your skin.
While you may think of copper as an element in your pennies, copper is found in almost every cell of your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Copper can be combined with proteins known as peptides. This solution was first used to encourage wound healing. In the same way copper peptides heal wounds, they can heal your skin by fighting free radicals and stimulating collagen production.
For a product that can really make a difference, Carita Haute Beaute Body Firmness Revealing Cream is a sculpting lifting bodycare. This generous and enveloping cream acts on deterioration and slackening of the skin, to provide a firming and tensing effect which is visible on the body contour.
The “Firming Techno-Led Complex” promotes synthesis of the main components of the dermis to strengthen the skin’s density and firmness. Ideally nourished, the skin feels soft, smooth and comfortable. A “lifting” effect helps to reveal firmer and more toned contours.
Apply morning and evening to concerned areas of slackening skin (thighs, hips, stomach, buttocks or arms), using the Carita professional firming application technique.