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  • Skin tightening agents: Does any actually work? Even if just temporarily.

    Posted by Zink on April 22, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Not an area where I have any expertise, but I’m curious if there are any skin tightening agents that work on the market, even if only temporary.

    I’ve heard of people using plastic polymers that stay on top of the skin and contract to cause a superficial effect.

    Bee and snake venom to in some way emulate botox.

    Various plant extracts possibly with enzymes that cause skin tightening reactions.

    DavidW replied 9 years, 1 month ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    April 22, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I just used a bar of soap and my skin feels pretty tight.  But I’m not sure that this is what you mean.  

  • Zink

    April 23, 2015 at 12:52 am

    It is what i mean, if that causes visible tightening over say 12 hours.

  • belassi

    April 23, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Firmiderm LS 9120 is an active in my antiaging gel that has skin tightening action. Whether it does what Laboratoires Serobiologique claim, I leave to my customers to decide.

  • OldPerry

    April 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve always found Laboratories Serobiologique fascinating.  They make the wildest claims that couldn’t possibly be used in cosmetic marketing but I do appreciate their efforts.

  • belassi

    April 23, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    They have some super impressive literature though!

  • MichelleReece

    April 24, 2015 at 1:24 am

    One of the longest-lasting skin tightening agents I’ve tried had a combination of (IIRC) silicones, clays, alcohol, menthol and seaweed proteins that had film-forming properties. I felt the tightening for about 2 hours. The silicones may have slid off earlier than it “should have”, as my skin was oily.

    Some people using high concentration retinoids, prescription and OTC,  have reported anecdotally that long-term use of them has made their skin feel tighter, so you may want to test that.

    I’ve looked into some smallish studies that DMAE had a skin-tightening effect. I think it’d be a good idea if you could conduct a study with the aforementioned ingredients-I know I’ve wanted to conduct those kinds of studies myself.

  • heraklit

    April 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Usually various muds have tightening properties.

  • DavidW

    April 29, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Zink, you should ask your manufacturer if they have any ideas

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