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Everything from genetics to age — even diet and fitness — can impact skin density and elasticity, so the ultimate solution to reversing loose skin or dimpling isn’t always one-size-fits-all. With so many products lining shelves and claiming to do it all, where do you start? Beyond that, how do you know what works?
Before you get overwhelmed by these questions, take a deep breath because we're here to help. Shop TODAY spoke to a few skin experts for their recommendations and scoured the internet for shoppers' favorite firming lotions and skin tightening creams.
With regular use, they can soften and smooth skin just in time for that next trip or big event. Finding the right product now can help take your summer skin prep to the next level.
Best skin tightening creams and lotions, according to dermatologists
“I love this cream because not only is it affordable, but it works. One of the main ingredients is coenzyme Q10, which acts as a strong antioxidant that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals that cause signs of aging," said Elena Marotta, skin care expert and owner of BodyBrite. "You will be pleasantly surprised at just how good it is at tightening skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. I saw visible results within the first couple of weeks."
“This serum contains a unique blend of ingredients to reduce puffiness, tighten and hydrate," said Dr. Sejal Shah, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology. "It features a roller ball massage applicator to stimulate circulation and provide an additional smoothing effect, and the ingredients are micro-encapsulated so they are slowly released throughout the day."
“This product has a powerful mix of glycolic acid and moisturizing ingredients to exfoliate, hydrate and plump the skin. It also contains caffeine that produces an immediate tightening effect. I’d recommend applying it twice a day," said Dr. Arash Akhavan, founder of The Dermatology and Laser Group in New York.
Top-rated skin tightening creams and lotions
A light serum with major impact, this option from No7 boasts benefits like making the neck feel firmer and look visibly less crepey. It's made with complexes that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, calcium and hibiscus peptides.
Let this cream do the work for you overnight. Not only can it be used for fine lines and wrinkle treatment, it can also assist with discoloration and evening out skin tone. "I bought this for using on crepey neck and it really firmed the skin up," shared one five-star Amazon reviewer.
When it comes to the neck and décolleté area, you'll want something gentle enough so as not to irritate the sensitive skin but strong enough to actually make a difference. That's where the Techno Neck Perfecting Cream comes in. According to the brand, when used properly, you can experience benefits like improved crepiness and firmer feeling neck and chest skin.
Whether you're treating stretch marks after losing weight or pregnancy, Palmer's got you covered. This firming lotion is loaded with natural ingredients like raw shea butter and vitamin E to increase the production of collagen in your skin while reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.
Sure, it's hard to resist Sol de Janeiro's delicious scents, but this body cream actually works! Guaraná extract gives your skin a caffeine boost and tightens its appearance over time, while cupuaçu butter's essential fatty acids delivers plenty of hydration quickly. If that's not enough to convince you of its effectiveness, just talk to the over 19,000 shoppers who gave it a perfect five-star rating on the brand's website.
Your skin won't mind working overtime when it comes to this night cream from First Aid Beauty. A brand study showed that 90 percent of users reported softer, smoother, more supple skin after four weeks of use, thanks to powerful ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (which boosts skin's natural moisture content and reduces fine lines) and niacinamide (which restores your skin's natural tone, texture and bounce).
Designed to tighten your core area, this hydrating formula contains caffeine and shiitake mushroom extract to stimulate your skin and restore elasticity and firmness.
Combining nutrient-rich fatty acids, firming peptides and antioxidant-rich jojoba and botanicals, this body moisturizer works to smooth your skin from head to toe.
This Caudalie product may look like whipped cream, but it's much more powerful than you'd expect. Its clean blend of grape polyphenols and iris extract works to visibly firm and tighten difficult areas like your underarms, chest and behind.
Specially made to improve the appearance of crepey skin, this transformative body cream from StriVectin is loaded with proactive peptides and nutrient-rich extracts to visibly tighten and brighten your appearance.
Formulated to tackle areas like your upper arms, thighs and knees, SkinCeuticals's Body Tightening Concentrate uses key ingredients like tri-peptide, rice protein and yeast extract to firm your skin's structure while cooling your body down.
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