Most Effective Ingredients for Skin Firming

CAFFEINE

Your skin, along with your entire body, can benefit from caffeine as much as it gives an instant mental boost to your brain. Its popularity as an effective ingredient in skin firming creams and lotions is continually rising since 2006, when over a hundred skincare products with caffeine were introduced in the United States.

Although coffee is a slightly addicting beverage, caffeine in general, is a natural ingredient proven safe by the longevity of its use. It is a heterocyclic compound acquired in the bean and fruit of 60 species of plants. Caffeine provides a plethora of benefits for your body aside from re energizing your spirits and keeping you awake.
When caffeine is applied directly to the skin, it acts in three various ways. First, caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor.

According to Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a dermatologist in New York City, caffeine constricts blood and makes it possible "for caffeine-enhanced products to reduce inflammation and play a vital role in the tightening of the thighs, decreasing under-eye puffiness". Its firming and tightening qualities make it a sought after ingredient in a line of anti-aging products. Dark circles and puffy eyes will be corrected with its ability to constrict swelling veins.
Caffeine acts as a diuretic. According to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, almost 80% of people who used a caffeine-enhanced cream noticed that the appearance of unwanted lumps and bumps due to cellulite had diminished. In addition, their thigh circumference shrank about half an inch.

Lastly, caffeine is an antioxidant. It acts as a sunscreen that shields skin cells from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. Likewise, it initiates programmed cell death or apoptosis in UVB-damaged skin cells. Interestingly, a study from Harvard found that individuals who drink three cups of coffee daily have lower chances of acquiring skin cancer than who drink less.

COENZYME Q10

Coenzyme Q10, an enzyme naturally produced by the body, is known for its ability to protect and repair cells. Coenzyme Q10 can be found abundantly in your skin. In fact, your skin is among the most plentiful sources, continually rising from childhood to your early 30s, and diminishes gradually with age. Stress is also a contributing factor that lowers levels of Coenzyme Q10.

Moreover, it acts as an arsenal of antioxidants. Coenzyme Q10 deeply penetrates the skin and neutralizes free radicals on a cellular level. Premature signs of aging are brought by free radicals. Likewise, it also shields your skin from the damaging effects of UV light. When these harmful elements penetrate the skin, it cause hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, loose skin, and even skin cancer.

Coenzyme Q10 also plays one of the key roles in keeping the skin smooth and supple. It enhances the production of collagen and elastin – two big factors in maintaining supple skin. The lack of collagen and elastin results to loose skin and wrinkles because the process by which the body restores and renews damaged collagen fibers is protracted. When the deep skin tissues of the dermis begin to thin, the skin loses its volume, shape, and elasticity.

In addition, Coenzyme Q10 promotes faster cell regeneration and cell turnover for a brighter and even complexion. Since Coenzyme Q10 decline correlates with aging, using anti-aging and skin firming products that contain CoQ10 are highly beneficial.

HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic is not an acid, but a polysaccharide that is naturally found in the body that provides lubrication and cushioning to eyes, joints, hair, and skin. They are popularly used as derma fillers that provide your face with a plumper look. Hyaluronic acid is also present in most makeup products and anti-aging cream, moisturizers, etc. due to its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.

Hyaluronic acid is an active skin care ingredient today known for its ability to retain moisture and plumps up skin. It firms the skin by plumping it up, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.

AMINO ACIDS

Amino acids feed the skin, hair, and nails with nourishment from within the body. They help strengthen connective tissues, maintain skin’s elasticity, and keep nails and hair strong. Creatine, an amino acid formed by arginine and cartinine, is essential for supplying cells with energy they need to support the regeneration of cells and connective tissues. A sufficient amount of healthy new cells is needed to retain a youthful appearance and promote a faster cell division.

However, cell turnover slows down with age. If the number of supporting fibers in the tissue decreases, the number of damaged cells will eventually outnumber the number of new cells being produced. With UV rays, pollution, and other elements present, skin gets more susceptible to damage and increases the signs of aging. When creatinine is sufficient, it stimulates the cells’ production of collagen and elastin. Likewise, it shields the skin from harmful substances. Most of all, collagen increases the skin’s ability to replenish lost moisture and keep the skin hydrated. This allows the skin to become smooth, tight, and wrinkle-free.