Everything You Need To Know About Skin Firming Cream!

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You’ve probably noticed that skincare is a hotly debated topic. Many people are hoarding more skincare products than any other beauty product. And every day, you hear about another product that is guaranteed to give you the perfect, soft, airbrushed skin, like the model you see on the ad. In this post, we’ll shed some light on this question: does firming cream really work?

Sometimes a product is a complete hoax, but sometimes you really wind up with a winner and your complexion looks almost poster-worthy. It’s a wide spectrum. The problem lies in sorting the stuff you do not need to be shelling out for from the stuff you should really be splurging on.

What Is Skin Firming Cream?

Back view of woman applying moisturizing lotion to skin.

Woman applying lotion to skin.

You’ve surely heard of the more common products like moisturizer and cleanser, but what about firming cream? Firming cream is marketed as a cream that stimulates your body to produce collagen and elastin, which can be slow-going as you age. Collagen and elastin are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin, so if firming cream would live up to its claims, it would certainly be a worthwhile purchase. But does it?

Well, it really depends on which firming cream you choose. As with any beauty product, you can’t just ask a blanket question like “Does it work?” and expect all different firming creams to work as effectively or ineffectively as one another.

The first thing you want to look at is the list of ingredients. The next is reviews – and not on the company’s website, but on an objective beauty site. You should be able to get a feel for whether or not the firming cream you’re looking at is effective, and what kind of skin it’s best suited for. 

Skin Firming Cream Ingredients Explored

There are certain ingredients that will alert you to a keeper, such as:

Coenzyme Q10

CoQ10 is present in every cell in your body because it’s needed for proper cell growth and repair. It plays a large role when it comes to aging skin. It’s a deeply penetrating ingredient, which can help fight against the sun’s harmful rays. Its antioxidant properties further work to fight against free radical damage.

Fruit Extracts

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Fruit extracts contain many skin-healthy vitamins.

It’s no secret that fruits are good for you, which is why you want to be looking for fruit extracts in the firming cream that you choose. Fruit extracts provide your skin with a host of vital nutrients like Vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as minerals like potassium and magnesium. They work to exfoliate your skin and help to balance out its oil levels. That way, it stays hydrated but not oily.

Wakame Seaweed

I don’t know, this one makes me think of sushi, but the fact is the stuff works, which is why you want this in your firming cream. This seaweed hails from Japan, and like sushi, the hype about this is ingredient is for good reason. It’s positively packed with nutrients like antioxidants, calcium, vitamins, iron, protein, and potassium. This “wonder algae” also helps your skin in a truly amazing way.

Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that is not your skin’s friend. It increases through the spread of free radicals (which we know is what causes skin damage), and it attacks the hyaluronic acid in your skin, which you need for smooth and firm skin. If the Hyaluronidase had its way, your skin would be on the way to boasting a whole lot of wrinkles, fine lines, and other aging symptoms. Luckily, though, there are ways to stop Hyaluronidase production – yep, through using Wakame seaweed, which prevents the enzyme from causing a whole lot of damage. Definitely a must in a good firming cream!

Hyaluronic acid

Why not just go right to the source? Besides looking for ingredients that allow for the production of this essential acid, look for a firming cream that already contains it. Hyaluronic acid is a moisturizing ingredient that works to plump and smooth the skin. If that doesn’t spell “firm skin”, I don’t know what does. 

Niacinamide

Also called Vitamin B3, Niacinamide helps your skin to strengthen itself, so it can heal from all sorts of damage like uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and too-big pores. It also protects your skin from environmental damage, like the sun’s harmful rays.

Retinol

Hand holding essential oil dropper on peach background.

Retinol dropper.

If you’re into skincare, then you’ve probably heard of this one by now. It’s a form of Vitamin A, and it keeps your skin hydrated, improves the production of collagen and elastin, and clears discoloration. But most importantly, it increases cell turnover, which means that it tells your skin to keep renewing its cells (something it can get lazy about as you get older). 

Conclusion

So to answer the original question, firming cream can work, but it all comes down to the ingredients, and how your skin behaves towards a specific product. Do your research – read the ingredients. Consider what those with similar age and issues are saying about a product before you buy it. Hopefully, the cream that you choose will help return your skin to a healthier, smoother, and firmer state.

Our skin is our largest organ. It plays a large role in the body’s first line of defenses. It acts as a physical barrier that serves to protect the body from harm or invasion. This is precisely why it is important to maintain it through a healthy lifestyle and adequate skin care products. With certain individuals, skin starts to age rather early. Despite its powers of regeneration, even the skin could use a hand to improve its powers and enhance its appearance.