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The 12 best firming creams, according to skin care experts

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Everything from genetics to age — even diet and fitness — can impact skin density and elasticity. So, the solution to reversing loose skin or dimpling isn’t always one-size-fits-all.

That said, there are a number of firming lotions with innovative ingredients that are designed to give skin an added boost.

From aiding the production of collagen and elastin to neutralizing free radicals, read on for 12 expert- and customer-approved 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.

The best skin tightening creams and lotions, according to dermatologists

Aveeno Positively Ageless Anti-Aging Firming Body Lotion

“Loaded with vitamins and amino acids, the shiitake complex in this lotion helps support healthy cell production of collagen and elastin for a healthier, firmer skin foundation. It takes several weeks of continuous use to start to see results," said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, founder of Zeichner Dermatology

SkinMedica GlyPro Daily Firming Cream

“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.

Nivea Skin Firming and Toning Gel Cream with Q10 Plus

“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. 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," said Elena Marotta, skincare expert and owner of BodyBrite.

Soap & Glory Sit Tight 4D Firming & Smoothing Body Serum

“This serum contains a unique blend of ingredients to reduce puffiness, tighten and hydrate. 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," said Dr. Sejal Shah, Founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology.

Top-rated skin tightening creams and lotions

Palmer's Firming Butter

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.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream

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 18,000 shoppers who gave it a perfect five-star rating on the brand's website.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Night Cream

Your skin won't mind working overtime when it comes to this night cream from First Aid Beauty. A brand study showed that 90% 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).

Bliss Fabgirl Sixpack Skin Tightening Gel

Designed to tighten your core area, this hydrating formula contains caffeine and shiitake mushroom extract to stimulate your skin and restore elasticity and firmness.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer

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.

Caudalie Vinosculpt Lift & Firm Body Cream

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.

StriVectin Crepe Control Tightening Body Cream

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.

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

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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This article originally published on June 4, 2018.