Does your profile read something like, “I enjoy good books, drinks with friends and leisurely strolls through the beauty department?” Don’t worry, we won’t judge, we understand. Finding the perfect skin care and makeup requires thought, time and money.
When it comes to choosing the right face cream, you don’t just run into any superstore and grab the cheapest bottle from the first end cap you come across. No, you want what you pay for to actually work.
As you steer your cart down the first aisle, you’re presented with dozens, if not hundreds, of options. How do you choose? That’s where we come in. We’ve done the research for you.
Let’s discuss the best skin tightening serums to contour your face without makeup:
Caudalie Resveratrol Firming Serum
With their “breakthrough patent of stabilized vine Resveratrol (for firming) and micro hyaluronic acids (for volume),” Caudalie delivers this “silk serum” in a sleek, pump bottle. The light and hydrating texture, great for all skin types, promises to give you younger, firmer skin. All for around $82.
Can applying resveratrol, a natural antioxidant found in red wine and cocoa, actually make skin healthier and more youthful looking? According to some experts, it can. Heather Hausenblas, Associate Professor within the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, discussed the results of a 2011 study with CBS News. The study revealed that people who applied a resveratrol gel to their skin for 30 days reduced acne by 54%.
A 2012 study revealed that people who took resveratrol orally, for more than 60 days, showed significant skin improvement. Study participants reported their skin was more moist, less rough, had better elasticity and fewer age spots. “It does make intuitive sense (it would work on your skin),” Hausenblas reported.
La Mer’s The Regenerating Serum
This “age fighting” serum runs a bit higher than some, but the multiple five-star reviews on La Mer’s website suggest, it might be worth the price. Their nutrient packed “Miracle Broth” rejuvenates your skin for a younger, firmer look. Ingredients like Marine Peptide Ferment (an extract believed to help heal skin) helps “trigger skin’s natural production of collagen,” increasing elasticity. You’ll love the revitalizing, wrinkle-reducing effects.
Depending on where you shop, this one ranges from $330 (on La Mer’s website) to $600 (high-end department stores).
Clarin’s Paris Contouring
This “newly formulated,” face-lifting system helps reverse negative effects of an “unbalanced diet.” A healthy diet, packed with fruits, vegetables, and even seafood, is the best gift you can give your skin. Antioxidants, found in fruits and veggies, help fight wrinkles. Fish oil helps smooth and hydrate skin.
Conversely, a diet full of processed foods and refined sugars produces unwanted results. Clarin’s contouring serum may reverse some negative effects, like puffy or heavy feeling skin. Just over $80 isn’t a bad price to pay for this 1.7-ounce bottle.
Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Serum
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? We have no clue, but it might help your skin. That’s the idea behind the Swiss Uttwiler Spatlauber Apple (say that three times fast), found in this contouring serum.
Described by some as a “revolution in anti-aging treatments,” this rare, sour apple found in Switzerland, made its way to department stores around the world. An extract found in the apple comes with great skin-improving benefits. This powerful, little fruit reverses skin aging, increases human cell lifespans and even spikes new hair growth.
The Cellular Lifting Serum runs about $355, per FL OZ.
Everyone wants a powerful product that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, visibly lifts skin and gives a firmer appearance, right? Check out TATA Harper’s Boosted Contouring Serum. Their “targeted blend of fortifying technology” helps “reinforce the appearance of firmness,” more so around the neck and jawline.
With user reviews like “it functions perfectly,” you’ll wonder why it’s priced well below some competitors. A one-ounce bottle costs about $195.
Looking for great results, without emptying your bank account? Isn’t everyone? We found a solution at DHC.
Their Beauty Lift Essence Serum contains “intensely nourishing” oat kernel extract and peptides. According to a DHC conducted study, 100% of participants using the Beauty Lift series reported smoother skin in only 7 days. Other ingredients, like Pentapeptide-18, improve elasticity and decrease expression lines.
At just $49, this product offers great results at an affordable price.
The Organic Pharmacy
Inspired by the process by which genes affect ageing, the Gene Expression Serum helps improve the appearance of your skin. Natural ingredients like aloe, grapeseed, and hibiscus smooth lines and wrinkles with organic, hydrating nutrients.
Yes, $330 is a bit on the lavish side, but check out their approach for each of the “seven signs of ageing”
- Grape: Stem cells protect skin from UV damage and ageing effects.
- Retinol/Glucosamine: Improves pigmentation, reduces wrinkles.
- Vegetable peptide: Firms your skin.
- Hibiscus: Improves elasticity and skin texture.
- Flax Seed: “Remodels” (revitalizes) skin.
- Sodium Hyaluronate: For plump feeling skin.
- Sea Algae: Marine active, to leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
There’s a budget shopper in all of us, and so there are RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads. At just $19.99 for a 30 day supply, you can’t go wrong. One jar contains 30 pads, each revealing brighter skin. There’s also a full line of RevitaLift nighttime moisturizers, also with prices that won’t make your wallet crawl out of your handbag and run in terror.
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