These 16 Tightening Creams Are Like Bootcamp for Your Skin

In choosing a high-quality skin tightening lotion, there are a couple of key ingredients to look for to ensure you’re doing more than just rubbing a nicely scented cream on your skin. 

1. Vitamin A: Unsurprisingly, every derm’s favorite anti-aging ingredient is also at the top of the list when it comes to body-firming products. “There are so many amazing benefits to using a vitamin A derivative,” says Dr. Hartman, “including the promotion of collagen production, smoothing the skin surface, and making the skin a little thicker, which becomes increasingly more important as we age. But it also helps encourage exfoliation and stops the buildup of dead skin cells, which makes for more effective cell turnover. And whenever you can make that process more efficient, you’re basically helping your skin to appear younger, firmer, tighter, and smoother.”

2. Ceramides, Peptides, and Growth Factors: Ceramides are one of the most moisturizing ingredients that also help keep the skin barrier intact, which is why Dr. Hartman recommends looking for them not only in your body lotions but also in your facial creams and serums. “As far as making a real impact on the skin surface and making it appear smoother and tighter, you’re also going to want to look for peptides and growth factors,” adds Dr. Hartman. Together, these ingredients can help boost collagen and elastin production and strengthen the skin barrier, helping maintain its youthful appearance. 

3. Antioxidants: While antioxidants are likely already a staple part of your everyday facial products, they’re also critical to protecting the skin on the rest of your body. That’s because antioxidants scavenge free radicals, which can have a detrimental effect on our body’s natural collagen production. To start, look no further than vitamin C, which can help boost these processes while also shielding your skin from further damage.