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Skin Firming

 –  The natural aging process of the skin results in many changes to the texture and appearance of the tissue. While we often think of fine lines and wrinkles first when we hear the term "signs of aging," the changes that the skin goes through with age can lead to other types of problems, one of the most common of which is sagging skin.
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Women can develop sagging skin in many areas of the body, including on the arms, the neck, the bust line, the stomach and the hips. Wherever you are noticing changes in your skin's strength and elasticity, a skin firming body lotion can help you fight back against the effects of aging and promote firmer skin.

Sagging skin occurs when the tissue's supportive fiber network becomes weakened. This fiber network is made up primarily of collagen and elastin proteins. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less of these proteins, which gradually leads to sagging. Exposure to the sun and the UV light of indoor tanning beds can exacerbate the problem by causing cellular damage that further decreases the amount of collagen and elastin present in the skin tissue. The accumulation of body fat also contributes to sagging skin, as fatty deposits provide less support for the tissue, causing it to sag.

Because decreases in collagen and elastin levels often lead to sagging skin, many moisturizers including skin firming body lotions work by increasing levels of these key proteins. Some products contain forms of collagen and elastin, supplementing the amount that is naturally present in the skin in order to firm the tissue. Other formulas feature ingredients that help to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This can be done with peptides and amino acids, which are the building blocks the body needs to manufacture protein, or with vitamin C, a natural nutrient that is shown to stimulate cellular collagen production.

Skin firming body lotions may contain other ingredients to help promote firmer skin tissue. Formulas may help to boost circulation to the skin tissue in order to remove built-up fluids, reduce puffiness and assist with fat metabolism. Caffeine, seaweed extract and horse chestnut are just a few of the ingredients that may be used in circulation-boosting lotions. Some products also provide SPF protection or are enriched with antioxidants. These formulas help reduce the harmful impact of UV exposure to protect the skin from the elements in the environment that contribute to the damage that leads to sagging skin.

While no skin firming body lotion can improve the look of sagging skin overnight, with regular use, the right product can gradually lead to noticeable changes in the firmness of the skin. At drugstore.com, you'll find many different skin firming body lotions to suit your needs from bargain brands to dermatologist skin care formulas to products developed by world-class spas. To view products from a specific brand or in a certain price range, use the menu on the left-hand side of the page, or shop the entire collection to see all of the options available to help you firm your skin from head to toe.

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