Do you find yourself gently pulling back skin on your face or neck when you look in the mirror and hoping it would sit differently? Sagging skin is a natural part of the aging process, but it doesn’t make it any easier when you start to see sagginess around your neck or jawline. A surgical lift, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery, will immediately tone and firm the skin, but these surgical treatments for loose skin aren’t for everyone. Thankfully, there are a number of less invasive skin lifting options too. We’ve outlined some other transformative options to tighten loose skin without surgery.
Why Do I Have Saggy Skin?
The most obvious cause of saggy skin is from aging. During the natural aging process both elastin and collagen production decline. Since our body produces less collagen, our skin looks less firm and toned. In addition, the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, has a more difficult time retaining moisture. This loss in collagen production and thinning of the skin contributes to a change in skin texture and firmness, leading to a saggy appearance.
The most obvious cause of saggy skin is weight loss, where you might spot slack skin across both your face and body. Losing a significant amount of weight (100 pounds or more) can have a dramatic effect on your appearance. As Healthline states: “Carrying extra weight for an extended period of time can cause damage to the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin. This makes it harder for skin to snap back when you lose weight.”
Premature aging and lax skin can also be caused by UV exposure from too much time in the sun. Lastly, pollutants in the environment like cigarette smoke or a poor diet such as excessive drinking or over consumption of sugar can contribute to sagginess, according to Healthline.
3 Ways To Tighten Skin On Your Face Without Surgery
1. Skin Care Products For The Face & Neck
Dryness and a thin texture are two qualities that result in a saggy skin appearance. The Bamboo Firming Fluid helps alleviate these issues with deep hydration. This concentrate also contains bamboo, a Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apples to improve the appearance of droopiness around the face, jawline and neck.
Formulated with hibiscus, acacia and paprika, the Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream complements the Bamboo Firming Fluid by increasing the appearance of elasticity and firmness in the skin. In particular, the inclusion of edelweiss tightens and appears to lift sagging skin and smooths the look of wrinkles. It also keeps the skin feeling hydrated and supple for a smoother look.
If you’re worried about extra skin around the eye area, you might want to try the Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream before getting an eye lift! It contains a rollerball applicator for you to massage gently around the eye area for a more lifted appearance. In addition, this eye cream de-puffs tired-looking eyes, smooths the appearance of loose skin and reduces the appearance of dark undereye circles.
Now for our favorite part — masking! The Bamboo Age Corrective Masque is designed to hydrate and firm the skin. One happy reviewer, Gloria, had this to say about the mask: “My spa recommenced this and once I tried it, it’s now a keeper. Love the feeling afterward. Not drying at all. Firms and plumps and revitalizes. Love it!”
If you're looking for a serum, we recommend the Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum, infused with acai and hyaluronic acid from the marshmallow plant. These natural ingredients give you firmer-looking skin by smoothing and plumping your complexion and your neck area.
Our Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar has some additional recommendations for which Eminence Organics products to use. Watch this video as Natalie demonstrates the best ways to tighten, lift and firm up your complexion.
2. Facial Massage
Aside from surgical and other medical procedures, you can add facial exercises and massage for a non-surgical face lift effect. Facial massage can give a lifted and toned appearance because the more you exercise your facial muscles, the stronger they become. Once you’ve cleansed your face, consider following the facial massage steps outlined in the image below.
To accompany the facial massage techniques, use a gua sha tool to contour the face. This tool has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years for tightening the skin as well as reducing facial tension and eye puffiness.
3. Exercise To Reduce Saggy Skin
Even though physical exercise — and the resulting weight loss — can be one of the causes of saggy skin, ironically it can also improve the appearance of slackness. According to Healthline, activities that encourage muscle mass and toning minimize the amount of skin through burning calories and enlarging muscle size in the neck area. Weight training or resistance training increases muscle mass and also strengthens and tones your muscles beneath the skin. Exercise like pilates is another way to improve the appearance of the skin by toning and sculpting.
We all have loose skin we might want to tighten up. Now that you know the primary methods of tightening saggy skin, let us know which method you tried in the comments below!