Firming Skin

As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, proteins that give skin its youthful elasticity, strength and thickness. Since skin types mature differently, sagging skin can appear at different times throughout a person's life. Many people, young and old, are interested in skin firming products to maintain the look of smooth, tight, soft skin.

Though aging is the most prominent reason for collagen and elastin loss, the following factors can also contribute to sagging skin:

  • Sun damage
  • Genetics
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Pregnancy

Dark skin types tend to sag with aging while lighter skin types sag and wrinkle. Your skin and aging risk factors will change over the course of your life. To keep your skin looking and feeling great, you can use skin tightening products to help prevent and treat sagging skin. It is always better to prevent skin sagging before it occurs. These creams and serums use the most effective dermatological ingredients to produce your ideal beauty results. For the best firming products for your face, discover our anti-aging options from Skin Type Solutions. 

Which Skin Firming Products Are Best?

It is always best to prevent skin sagging. Applying daily SPF is one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles or sagging skin. Sunscreen protects the skin from UV rays that can damage and prematurely age skin. If you already experience wrinkles or fine lines, we recommend skin-firming products known as tightening creams. These products often use a combination of retinol and hydroxy acids to soften rough spots and create a luminous appearance. 

Retinol is the second-best way to prevent sagging skin. Retinol helps the body produce collagen, which is an effective "tightening" process for people with fine lines. Retinol also helps prevent the loss of elastin so that skin retains its elasticity. Look for face tightening products with at least 0.25% retinol to see your desired results. Many of these creams or serums may take time to produce a noticeable amount of collagen, so be patient and give it 4- 6 months for a noticeable effect.

What Ingredients Should I Look For?

The best skin care for your body comes down to the ingredients. Though everyone will have different needs depending on their Baumann Skin Type®️, there are a few key ingredients to look for.

Our recommended skin firming ingredients include:

  • Retinol: Retinol encourages the natural production of collagen to tighten skin and smooth wrinkles. Retinol also prevents the loss of collagen and elastin.
  • Saccharides: Saccharides are sugars that are placed in skincare products to give the skin a  temporary feeling of firmness(1).  They coat the skin like fondant on a cake. There are many types of saccharides. Examples include algae, CM glucan, carrageen, alginic acid, and hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerin: Glycerin is a common humectant moisturizing ingredient that draws water to the skin’s surface making it feel instantly firmer
  • Vitamin C: Increases collagen synthesis making skin firmer, thicker and stronger

Will Any Face Tightening Product Work for My Skin?

Every skin care product will function differently depending on your routine and skin type. Retinoids and other skin tightening products work best with a full regimen built for your needs. With personalized products and a little bit of time, you can begin to see your desired results.

Facial massage tools are all the rage now.  Studies have shown that massage and pulling of the skin can prompt fibroblasts to make more collagen.  However, these facial firming tools work best in conjunction with Vitamin C and retinol.

To experience firm, youthful skin, start by identifying your Baumann Skin Type®️ and determine your risk for sagging skin. Created and approved by licensed dermatologists, the Baumann Skin Type®️ quiz identifies factors that cause skin sagging and recommends a personalized skin care regimen to prevent skin sagging. With a constant supply of your favorite products, and the confidence of knowing you are using the right products to firm your skin type, you can begin your journey to tighter, firmer skin!

How Long Will the Effects of Skin Firming Products last?

Some products like saccharides, hyaluronic acid and glycerin have immediate but temporary effects and last only while the products are on the face. Other products such as retinol and vitamin C have more long-term effects but must be used for months before results are seen.  All products work best to firm the skin as part of a complete and consistent skincare routine designed for your Baumann Skin Type.

Discover a Skin Care Regimen That Tightens Your Skin

At Skin Type Solutions, we'll help you manage a skin care routine that works for you. Discover your personalized regimen with our experts and take the first step toward firmer skin. Our quiz uses your current habits, issues and medical needs to determine the best skin tightening products.

When you're ready to find your new favorite tightening cream, you can take the Baumann Skin Type®️ quiz!


1. CAMPOS, P., Melo, M. O., & Camargo Junior, F. B. (2014). Effects of polysaccharide-based formulations on human skin. Journal: Polysaccharides, 1-18.

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