Skin-Tightening 101: How to Bring Back Your Youthful, Plump Skin
When it comes to aging and skincare, the one thing you should never do is develop a blind spot. If you spend all of your anti-aging efforts obsessing over your developing crow’s feet and those tiny forehead fine lines, you could wake up one day facing sagging skin in the mirror. While many anti-wrinkle and skin-firming treatments overlap, there are a few key skin-tighteners you should be aware of. To guide us, we called in skincare expert and top Beverly Hills esthetician Gina Mari.
Keep reading to find out how to keep your youthful skin firm!
For serious skin tightening, try TriPollar. “TriPollar is a revolutionary firming, contouring, and rejuvenating skin treatment that uses radiofrequency to reduce fine lines, while improving the appearance of overall skin texture,” Mari says. Radiofrequency works by gently heating the layers of skin deep below the epidermis, where collagen is created. Heating the skin cells rejuvenates the collagen structure, pulling the strands in closer to each other, thus tightening the skin. You’ll need anywhere from four to eight weekly sessions of radiofrequency treatments, and you’ll start to see results by week four. The skin-tightening benefits will last between a few weeks and a few months, depending on your skin condition and lifestyle.
For immediate gratification, choose microcurrent. Microcurrent delivers low levels of electric stimulation to tone your face and neck by encouraging and speeding up the cellular functions associated with keeping skin firm. “Collagen and elastin are stimulated, giving a more youthful and refreshed appearance,” Mari says. You’ll see a visible lift right away, which lasts seven to 10 days. The results are cumulative, so you’ll see greater improvement with each treatment.
“Light therapy is a method that uses rejuvenating red, blue, and infrared light to effectively re-energize aging and damaged skin,” Mari says. It works to tighten skin because certain frequencies of light increase new tissue growth and stimulate collagen production. Mari considers LED lights “the finishing touch” for firmer skin. The results are immediate, but since light therapy works to boost your cell turnover rate, Mari says the results vary person to person.