The 6 Best Skin-Tightening Creams of 2019

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There are many reasons we lose skin elasticity and density over the years. Thankfully, the skincare industry is bursting at the seams with anti-aging potions that will tighten, firm, and plump skin with the simple use of a cream or serum. The problem is knowing which formulas actually work. Since these creams often come with a hefty price tag, it’s nice to know which options are game-changing and highly-recommended by pros and other consumers. Here’s our top picks for skin-tightening products that produce real results. 

Best Overall: IS Youth Complex

IS Clinical

This serum-like product is amongst the first in the anti-aging category to offer immediate, intermediate, and long-term results. If wrinkles and loose skin are your concern, this derm-approved find is exactly what you need. It’s formulated with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, retinol, and panthenol to plump and firm the skin so you can keep your youthful complexion for longer.

Unlike most anti-aging creams, this option is super lightweight and seems to work great for nearly every skin type. It’s also infused with a patented complex, unique to IS clinical formulas, that will help slow down signs of aging over time. We like to think of it as a three-in-one powerhouse wrinkle fighter that works in the present and the future. It may not be cheap, but it’s super effective. 

Best Budget: First Aid Beauty Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream

First Aid Beauty

Anti-aging skincare doesn’t have to be expensive and this overnight hydrator proves that so. While it may not target deep-set wrinkles, the sodium hyaluronate in this formula will target those fine lines and wrinkles that seem to appear overnight (literally). Not only will you see the appearance of wrinkles disappear, but you’ll notice skin is plumper and smoother in texture and tone (which are all important when wanting a youthful glow). All in all, this find is best for those who are targeting early signs of aging and wanting to preserve their youthful appearance for longer. 

Best for Face: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum


If you’re looking for a serum that’s not only worth the money, but solves a slew of skin concerns, this is the serum for you. It’s backed by dermatologists for its ability to address nearly every aging skin concern from uneven texture and tone and firming up loose skin and filling in fine lines and wrinkles. It’s rich in protein, amino acids, and hydrating ingredients like olive oil and hyaluronic acid. The unique APS corrective complex inside the potent potion helps to strengthen sagging skin and keep it firm over time. 

Best for Neck: Sisley Neck Cream


If luxury skincare is your beat, you’ll swoon of this uber-rich neck cream. It’s formulated with oat seed extract and plant-based astringent, rhatany, to tighten and firm skin as soon as you apply. The unique formula creates an elastic film on the surface of the skin so you can see results immediately.

It’s also proven to firm the neck area over time thanks to the soy fiber and vitamin E extract that help fight the loss of firmness over time. Not to mention, it’s chock-full of hydrating ingredients like shea butter and sunflower oil that not only moisturize the skin but keep is supple and smooth, too. Even though it comes with a hefty price tag, we think it’s worth every last drop. 

Best for Under Chin: Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream


This tightening cream may sound like lingerie at first glance and that’s because it does all the sucking and tightening of those cute tie-up corsets you have in the back of your undies drawer (yes, those). The star duo in this formula is black tea complex and goji fruit extract. The two work together to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness. While you can definitely lather this on your face or neck, we chose it as our number one chin cream so you can target all of the areas with just one jar.

Best for Body: Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream

Sol de Janeiro

If you’re not familiar with this buzzy Brazilian bum cream, you might be living under a rock. Since it hit the market a few years ago, users can’t stop raving about this sunshine yellow tub. If you’ve ever seen a picture of a Brazilian model (aka 50 percent of Victoria’s Secret models), the first thing you’ll notice is how smooth and healthy their skin appears. Well, this fast-absorbing cream is your answer to getting as close to perfect skin as possible.

A blend of guarana, cupuacu butter, acai, and coconut oil not only hydrate, soften and smooth skin, but help to restore elasticity and natural circulation so skin not only feels good but looks good, too. And because the formula is so rich in texture, a little goes a long way so don’t worry about using the whole jar in one week. Though you might be tempted to do so. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 1.5 hours researching the most popular skin-tightening creams on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 16 different skin-tightening creams overall, screened options from 9 different brands and manufacturers, read over 12 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 3 of the skin-tightening creams themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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