The best face-firming cream

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The best face-firming cream
Doctors and scientists have tested many face-firming creams. (lotion de Bain image by Tilio & Paolo from Fotolia.com)

It seems as though there are countless creams on the market that promise to make you look younger and healthier. Many of these creams have ingredients that sound like they come from a laboratory and are a complete mystery to you, such as alpha hydroxy acids and Retin-A. Fortunately, many of these products are thoroughly tested by doctors and scientists. Some of these ingredients are effective in firming ageing skin.

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Retin-A

Retin-A is the commercial name of a compound called tretinoin. This substance is the only topical medication approved by the USA's Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of photoaging. Creams with Retin-A firm your face by stimulating the production of collagen. Retin-A may also reverse sun damage, reducing wrinkles and liver spots. Retin-A produces a rosy glow in skin but also makes you more photosensitive, which means that if you are using a cream with Retin-A, you also need to use sunscreen. Retin-A is a form of vitamin A that should be applied twice per week for at least six months before you see any significant change in your skin. Creams with Retin-A might cause redness and irritation for the first three months of use.

Alpha hydroxy acids

Creams containing alpha hydroxy acids make your face firmer by easing the shedding of dead skin cells. These creams may also stimulate collagen and elastin production. Alpha hydroxy acids occur naturally in many food products, so your natural creams may contain fruit and vegetable matter. Milk, sugar cane, apples, pears, oranges, limes, lemons and grapes all contain alpha hydroxy acids, so creams with these natural ingredients will help to firm your face. People with especially sensitive skin may not react well to alpha hydroxy acids, though. Creams with this ingredient may cause itching, dryness or burning. Alpha hydroxy acids also increase your photosensitivity, so apply sunscreen when using these creams.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide is an ingredient found in many face-firming creams; it is currently being investigated for skin protection, wrinkle reduction and face-firming properties. Niacinamide is a B complex vitamin. This vitamin reduces wrinkles and firms skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. This complex may also increase blood flow. Many face-firming creams that contain niacinamide are specifically intended for use around the eyes. These creams are safe to use and should not cause any irritation. The only downside to niacinamide is that it has demonstrated only short-term effects.

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