Skin Tightener for Face (Comprehensive Strategies)

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Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA)

Your skin has its own ability to naturally exfoliate dead skin cells, which is necessary to keep the skin look beautiful, younger, hydrated, and glowing. More dead cells accumulated in the skin will make older-looking skin more likely.

But over time this shedding ability decreases, primarily as a consequence of aging and UV rays exposure. Consequently, you’re likely to develop fine lines, wrinkles, dry /dull-flaky skin, poor skin tone, or loss of firmness.

Here AHA and BHA may help. These chemical exfoliants would make a world of difference in your glowing appearance. They are not only helpful to remove unnecessary dead skin cells, but also powerful to clean dirt and debris in your skin.

And when it comes to tightening the skin, they may boost skin cell turnover – though how they do this is not fully understood yet.

Is there any difference between AHA and BHA? Again they are chemical exfoliating agents that ‘unglue’ the lines holding dull-dead cells on the skin, and ‘yes’ there is a bit difference.

AHAs work best in the surface of the skin since they’re water soluble. For this reason, it’d be better to use them for normal and dry skin. Also, they are generally OK for sun-damaged skin. They ease signs of sun damage (e.g. mild wrinkles and crepe-y skin).

BHAs can also help hydrate the skin, but they’re generally preferred for oily and normal skin since they’re oil soluble. They work both on the surface of the skin and deep inside the skin pores.

Which is the best one? In general, it’s OK to use both at the same time, especially for normal skin – or alternate them to see one that works best for your skin.

There is usually no a downside. But to keep safe, start with gentle-well formulated exfoliants! Then monitor and adjust usage (if necessary)!

Best vitamins to help tighten the skin

All vitamins are good for your overall health, including the skin. So it’s also vital watch on your diet for nourishing your skin optimally.

But if you’re looking for something to be topically applied on the skin for improving skin elasticity, here are a few vitamins that work best:

  1. Vitamin E, particularly alpha-tocopherol. It’s easy to see it in many cosmetic products. Its antioxidant and other essential elements may help protect the skin from UV rays and repair photodamage [12]. With vitamin C, it also strengthens cell walls.
  2. Think ‘vitamin C’, particularly L-ascorbic acid, for collagen. It boosts the production of collagen so your skin is likely to look youthful and elastic [13]. Plus, it’s an antioxidant!
  3. Vitamin B3, commonly formulated in skincare products as niacinamide. It has anti-aging properties to help ease fine lines, wrinkles, and improve skin firmness [14].
  4. Vitamin A, which is important antioxidant for lower and upper layers of your skin. It has been widely used in skincare and cosmetic products. Let’s say tretinoin and retinol – they’re derivatives of vitamin A.

There are many DIY home facials and OTC products for skin tightening to choose from. The efficacy is dependent on what ingredients they contain. Your skin condition, how saggy it is, would also play a role. In severe cases, cosmetic procedures are probably the best answer – see a dermatologist for more advice!


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