Firming & Tightening Serums: Do They Really Work?

Chances are that if you looked in the skincare aisle at your local cosmetic store or you’ve searched around online, you’ve seen a firming or tightening serum. They all use different ingredients to ensure a firmer looking face. But what exactly are they? How do they work? What are the actual benefits of the ingredients? And what are some of the best serums available?

Let’s discuss these questions and more as we take an in-depth look at firming and tightening serums. 

What is a firming or tightening serum?

Firming or tightening serums are designed to do just as the name suggests: help the skin appear tightened and toned. They are also meant to help improve the look of skin elasticity on the face, neck, and eye area. 

They usually contain ingredients like natural extracts that have been known to help visibly firm and tighten the skin and reduce some of the visible signs of aging.

How Does It Work?

Firming and tightening serums have ingredients that help support your skin’s natural collagen production. Collagen is what provides structure to the skin and what keeps the skin from sagging. Elastin is what gives the skin elasticity. Having more collagen and elastin help the skin to appear more firm and toned and lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What does it do to help visibly tighten skin?

Firming and tightening serums have different ingredients to help the overall look of the skin. Some of them include peptides, witch hazel, retinol, and oat kernel extract. Many of these serums also work by moisturizing the skin which can help with the appearance of tightness as well.

What are the benefits?

Firming and tightening serums have been shown to have a variety of different benefits including:

  • Visibly tightening and firming the skin.
  • Improving the appearance of sagging and skin laxity.
  • Supporting the appearance of healthy looking skin.
  • Helps with free radical damage and environmental concerns.
  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Visibly improving tone and elasticity.
  • Helps support your skin's natural collagen production

      Which Ingredients Have Been Known to Help Tighten Skin?

      The ingredients in firming and tightening serums differ from brand to brand. The ingredients Epicuren Discovery uses to help visibly tighten the skin include oat kernel extract, witch hazel, and peptides. Let’s take a closer look at these effective ingredients.

      Oat Kernel Extract

      Oat kernel extract is a lipid (or fat) extracted from oats. It acts as a natural skin cleanser and removes dirt and oil from the skin. It has also been known to minimize pores, moisturize, and improve the overall skin tone and texture of the skin. It also doesn’t leave a greasy finish so even those with oily skin can use products with it. You can find it in our Instantlift Tightening Serum.

      Witch Hazel

      Witch hazel offers a number of different benefits to the skin. It can remove dirt and excess makeup from your face. If your cleanser isn’t removing everything, witch hazel will get whatever is leftover. 

      Witch hazel is perfect for individuals looking to help reduce the visible signs of  inflammation and give the appearance of tightened pores for healthier and firmer looking skin.

      By removing all the excess dirt and reducing visible inflammation, witch hazel is a great choice for those concerned with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Additionally, witch hazel includes polyphenols that can help against oxidative stress that often lead to the signs of aging. Witch hazel can be found in our Noni Skin Elixir.

      Peptides (Matrixyl 3000)

      Peptides are amino acids that make up certain proteins (like collagen and elastin) needed to help the skin appear more firm. Beyond that, peptides have been known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, visibly inflammation and fewer breakouts. Our Tighten Up Neck Cream is filled with peptides.

      Our Recommended Products

      If you’re looking for a new and effective firming and tightening serum, we offer a variety of options:

      Instantlift Tightening Serum

      Made with antioxidants like oat kernel extract to help your skin appear younger, more moisturized, and firmer looking, Instantlift Tightening Serum can give you the results you’re looking for.

      Noni Skin Elixir

      Noni Skin Elixir is made with the purest Noni fruit, witch hazel, and organic aloe vera juice. It moisturizes the skin and leaves it looking firmer. This elixir is ideal for use on minor sunburn and windburn as well as any irritated skin you may have.

      Tighten Up Neck Firming Cream

      This luxurious cream was designed to provide your skin with the most moisture. With the help of peptides, your skin can appear softer, smoother, and more radiant. If you are starting to see the signs of aging on your neck and décolleté, this is the perfect product for you.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Can face serum tighten skin?

      Depending on the ingredients used in the product, a face serum can give the appearance of tighter looking skin.

      Do tightening serums work?

      Yes! Tightening serums can help the skin to appear more toned, firm and tight.

      What can help to visibly tighten skin the fastest?

      Quite a few different ingredients can visibly tighten the skin. What works for you and how fast it works can differ from person to person.

      What product helps to visibly tighten your skin?

      Products including peptides, retinol, witch hazel, and oat kernel extract can give the appearance of tighter and firmer skin.

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