Hydrate and Firm at Once
Skin elasticity decreases as you age because your body begins to manufacture the collagen and elastin proteins that support your complexion at a slower rate. Firming moisturizers work in different ways to increase the firmness of the skin so that it becomes less likely to wrinkle and sag despite these natural changes. At the same time, these products add moisture to prevent dehydration. You can find firming moisturizers that are ideal for all types of complexions. Some moisturizers
are used only in the morning or at night, while others should be applied twice per day for best results.
Ingredients That Promote Firmer Skin
Firming moisturizers can use a variety of ingredients to promote firmer skin. Many contain vitamin C
, a nutrient that is needed for your body to manufacture collagen. By making more vitamin C available in the skin, a firming moisturizer can help to increase collagen production for a gradual firming effect.
Other products use ingredients like copper peptides and niacinamide to repair damaged collagen and elastin fibers. Some formulas supplement structural protein levels with synthetic collagen and elastin or with collagen and elastin derived from plants and animals. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid produce results by binding moisture to the skin, helping to firm and plump.
Some firming moisturizers help to protect the skin from the forces that can cause it to lose its firmness prematurely. These anti-aging products
contain antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10.
Antioxidants have the ability to neutralize harmful particles called free radicals that are contained in UV energy and certain pollutants. By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants in firming moisturizers decrease oxidation damage that can break down collagen and elastin. Most antioxidant moisturizers are made for daytime use because your skin is most likely to be exposed to free radicals when you're outdoors.
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