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Do Skin-Tightening Creams Really Work? A Look into the Science Behind These Products

Published on June 20, 2018 by

Thanks to increased awareness of signs of aging, the global anti-aging market is growing at a rapid pace. In 2017, the market was valued at $250 billion and is estimated to reach $331 billion by the end of 2021. The future of the anti-aging market will be determined by developments in technology and increases in the efficacy of skin-care products.

There is no lack of cosmetic products on the market claiming to be the next miracle in a bottle. It is important to understand that marketing strategies like these are 99-percent hype and one-percent actual information. Numerous skin-tightening creams are unable to do what they claim they can.

Skin Elasticity

How do people develop loose sagging skin and wrinkles in the first place? These aging signs appear when skin tissues become less elastic.

The elasticity of the skin is regulated by the presence of two proteins: elastin and collagen. Elastin is like a spring; it absorbs pressure and bounces back to its original state. Collagen is another important protein in the skin that maintains skin firmness. Elastin and collagen are produced in high quantities in the womb.

As we grow older, our ability to replenish elastin and collagen diminishes. Our supply of elastin and collagen is also degraded by sun exposure. When the body’s elastin and collagen levels deplete, the skin sags and develops age lines and folds.

Do Skin-Tightening Creams Work?

Many skin-tightening creams are ineffective, and results from a topical product will never match the permanence offered by a dermal or surgical procedure. However, some skin-tightening creams are quite effective, and the best way to find the ones that work is by looking at their ingredients.

Most people who buy anti-aging creams are oblivious to their ingredients. The following are some key ingredients to look for in these creams:

Ascorbic acid: Ascorbic acid is formulated from vitamin C, which is an important vitamin for skin tightening and reduction of dark spots. There are very few products in the market containing over 20 percent in volume.

Beta and alpha hydroxyacids: Hydroxyacids promote production of collagen protein in the skin tissues. As collagen is introduced to the skin tissues, the skin becomes healthier and tighter.

Polypeptides: Peptides trigger the creation of new collagen and elastin proteins. There are certain polypeptides that are capable of improving wrinkles and fine lines. One such peptide is palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, which manufacturers claim can tighten skin in three weeks.

Antioxidants: Skin dullness is largely caused by free radicals. Removal of these harmful free radicals is accomplished through antioxidants. Commonly used antioxidants are Vitamin B3, C, A, E, and most plant-based ingredients.

Now that you’re more informed in regards to key ingredients, look for the presence of these ingredients while shopping for an anti-aging cream.

Our Anti-Aging Products

We offer a wide variety of effective products to tighten the skin and combat many other signs of aging. To find out more about the options we provide and the ingredients they contain, contact Marietta Plastic Surgery and schedule an appointment for your helpful consultation.

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