5 Surprising Home Remedies to Tighten Skin That Actually Work
Looking for home remedies to tighten skin that actually work? You might’ve been searching for awhile ’cause the truth is, skin tightening at home is not as simple as rubbing on some lemon juice. As we advance in years, our skin naturally loses collagen and facial fat – the skin loses its elasticity, becomes less rounded, and the jawline start to droop. Those hated jowls are on their way. Losing weight is usually a good thing, but that also can leave you with sagging skin. Then there are some things that hasten the sagging that we can do something about.
Believe it or not, modern technology can made your skin sag! Yep, keeping your head bent for long periods looking at those smart phone and tablets increases the gravitational pull on the jowl line. Indicating that you are annoyed or angry by pursing your lips, pouting, or grimacing pulls down the facial skin. Smile and lift that skin up! It’ll also lift your spirits and those of anyone around you.
Sugar, among its other “evils,” negatively affects collagen. And it’s no news that the sun isn’t good for the skin. It damages the skin’s elastin and makes your skin wrinkly and saggy. It may not be obvious when you’re young, but you will pay the piper sooner or later.
But don’t despair – you don’t need to resort to drastic (and expensive) plastic surgery. You can take advantage of natural anti-aging measures that promise firmer, younger looking skin. Granted, they are not going to give you the dramatic results of surgery, but these remedies give your face a tighter, more toned appearance that looks more natural than the “pulled tight” appearance that sometimes results from “going under the knife.”
Facial Yoga is a series of exercises that benefit the lower, middle, and upper layers of skin. The exercises stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the middle layer giving you a smoother, more supple, tighter-looking skin. They also improve blood circulation and allow more oxygen and nourishment to reach the skin cells.
There are fun (and funny-looking) exercises. You might puff out your cheeks like the Big Bad Wolf or pucker your lips into a classic fish face. Or you might, as noted above, simply smile. The exercises lift, sculpt, and smooth the face and neck.
Results vary, because people’s skin varies, but if you do the routines faithfully, you should see results in possibly two weeks. In about six months, don’t be surprised if you’re asked if you’ve “had work done.” A bonus is the relaxed feeling that lingers long after you’ve completed the exercises.
Facial-Flex is a device that rejuvenates your face by strengthening and toning all 30 muscles in the face, chin, and neck. It was originally developed to treat microstomia, a condition in which the mouth, whether congenitally or due to injury, is so small that it seriously mars your looks or compromises your ability to receive nutrition. Later, it was found beneficial for other facial rehabilitation, including for speech and language disorders, facial nerve disorders, strokes, and Bell’s palsy.
Along with its rehabilitative qualities, studies showed that Facial-Flex strengthened facial muscles by 250%, firmed the skin by 32%, and increased circulation by 10%.
Facial-Flex uses bands of resistance to create tension in the muscles to strengthen them. Six-ounce bands are used at first, then you graduate to eight-ounce bands. It’s a challenging workout, even as your strength increases, but it’s worth the effort. When used regularly, Facial-Flex enhances facial contours and diminishes the appearance of sagging skin along the mouth, jawline, neck, and eyes. Read what users have to say!
You can depend on that cup of coffee perking you up in the morning or during those slow afternoons at work. Caffeine is the reason—it’s a natural stimulant and the most commonly used, socially acceptable mood-altering drug in the world. The caffeine in coffee acts on your central nervous system to make you more alert and less tired.
It can do the same thing for your face. Caffeine perks up your skin, because it is a vasoconstrictor, a diuretic, and an antioxidant: It constricts the blood vessels, which reduces swelling and inflammation and minimizes the appearance of puffy eyes. As a natural diuretic, it stimulates the movement of water through your body, and your skin appears firmer for several hours. Its richness in antioxidants fights wrinkles, sun spots, and fine lines.
You can make a scrub with a mixture of coffee grounds and coconut oil or olive oil. Or you can use dry instant coffee crystals (decaffeinated) mixed with plain milk yogurt and a dash of lemon. The scrub will revitalize your face. In addition to tightening the skin, it will exfoliate and soften and help to ward off acne.
For a face mask, you can mix freshly ground coffee, cocoa powder, whole milk or heavy cream or yogurt, and honey. You can eat it right off your face. Just kidding! But you could.
Collagen is the glue that holds the body together—the building block for all our body’s major systems. As a protein made of amino acids, it provides plumpness and, with elastin, elasticity for firm, youthful skin. Unfortunately, the body’s ability to produce collagen starts slowing down after the age of 25. (So young!) As production slows, collagen fibers become brittle and begin to break down. The result? The telltale, and hated, signs of aging: thin, loose and flaccid skin; wrinkles; and discolorations.
Collagen supplements are one of the easiest and most fundamental ways in which to prevent premature aging and promote youthful vitality. Effective supplements come in powder form that allows them to be digested and quickly absorbed by the body to improve skin elasticity and increase hydration.
Hydrolyzed collagen is composed of small amino acids. Mix with water or orange juice and drink on an empty stomach to help the body regenerate itself, including achieving tighter skin. The results will not be overnight, but be assured that you are providing your body with the building blocks necessary to keep your skin youthful.
Oh, and make sure to get plenty of Vitamin C – your body cannot synthesize collagen without it!
Or to put it more bluntly: Hanging Upside Down.
Celebrities and socialites think they have discovered a new way of staving off aging. But like most things, it’s been around for thousands of years. It was depicted on stone etchings. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, wrote of the first inversion device sometime during the 6th century BCE.
Inversion reverses the effects of gravity – that usually handy force that keeps us on the ground rather than floating off into space, but also makes our faces and bodies sag. Gravitational forces are hard on the body. While you are upside down, your entire body literally has the weight of the world off its shoulders. Your face will get a rush of nutrient-rich blood and an extra dose of oxygen – a natural face lift that revitalizes and tones and reverses that sagging skin.
There are five popular methods of inversion therapy:
- Yoga-based postures, such as headstands
- Yoga Sling, a trapeze-like method of inverting the lower torso or upper legs
- Gravity Boots that fit around the ankles and hook onto a horizontal bar secured to a door frame or sturdy pipe
- Inversion Table on which you start out vertically then gently go backward into an inverted position
- Inversion Chair that allows you to sit while inverted
Beginners should start out with the inversion table or chair. They are the easiest and most comfortable methods. Regardless of the method, start off slowly, possibly one minute per session and increasing your time gradually. Your ankles, knees, hips, and back will need a period of adjustment until the body gets used to being stretched. If you feel pain, stop. Inversion therapy should be pleasant.
It’s best to check with your doctor. There are medical conditions that can worsened by inversion.
Here’s a nifty little trick: You can have a mini-inversion therapy session by lying across your bed on your back and letting your head hang over the side for 15-20 minutes, then get up slowly.
If you’re skeptical about the benefits of inversion therapy, think about this: Have you ever seen a droopy looking bat? We thought so. Plus, hanging upside down comes with a bevy of other benefits, too, like alleviating back and neck pain and providing immediate relaxation. And did we mention it’s fun?