The Best Firming Creams & Why They Work

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In this article we highlight the best ingredients that effectively firm skin and keep it looking young, firm and smooth.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A or retinol has been used first to fight off acne. But as a side effect, it showed that it managed to keep the skin looking smooth, firm and wrinkle free. Vitamin A promotes the cell turn over which causes peeling of the skin. When the old skin layers peel, new healthy layers are revealed. This also promotes the production of collagen in the skin making it firm and less saggy. Vitamin A also helps to fade brown spots and discoloration and although it may cause some dryness at first, your skin will get used to it and you will end up with a significantly smoother and firmer looking skin.

You need to get your skin used to the retinoic acid which will firm your skin on the long run. Start by applying it only twice or three times a week then build up to use it every night. Only a pea sized amount is enough for your entire face. Retinol can be quite irritating and should be used with care.

Over the counter creams might be suitable for beginners as prescription creams can be a bit too harsh on your skin. You also need to apply creams containing vitamin A at night, as it makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight and can cause even more sun spots. Remember to use sunscreen all the time to further protect your skin.


Also known as Dimethylaminoethanol. It is an antioxidant that works with other nutrients and antioxidants to firm, smooth and brighten the skin. It helps in tightening the muscles keeping the skin looking firm and subtle. It also diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles by strengthening the skin cells membrane to better fight the free radicals that cause skin aging.

Free radicals tend to hurt healthy cells by destabilizing them causing the cells to age. Pollution and smoking cause even more free radicals that affect the skin and its health. Antioxidants help to stabilize those radicals by offering electrons so that they don’t need to take an electron from a healthy skin cell. But natural antioxidants are not enough to fight those free radicals off. That is why you need to use an antioxidant like DMAE to protect your healthy cells against the effect of those radicals.

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The Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Firming Serum contains a high concentration of both DMAE & Vitamin A.

DMAE also fights off muscle sagging by helping to create chemicals that are responsible for muscle tone. By doing so, DMAE helps fix the problem of skin sagging by addressing the root and not the symptoms. Its ability to firm the skin and fix its problems on the cell and muscle level makes the skin look a lot firmer and younger.

Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide

Vitamin B3 is also known as Niacinamide. It enhances the production of important enzymes that are responsible for the production of lipids that enhance cell growth. These enzymes are naturally produced in the body but their production declines as we age, causing the skin to look saggy and less youthful. It increases the production of fatty acids for a young looking firm skin.

It is one of the best ingredients that helps dry and sensitive skin to stay hydrated and healthy looking. Dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and looks tired and saggy. As we grow older, our skin starts to lose its ability to retain water and hence staying hydrated, that is why using vitamin B3 is very important to keep our skin moisturized and hydrated.

Vitamin B3 also helps to address other skin problems like redness, blotching, hyperpigmentation and acne as it helps protect the cells against different pollutants. It increases the skin elasticity and decreases the appearance of wrinkles on the long run.

Creams that contain B3 can also minimize the itchiness and sensitivity associated with using retinol. These two ingredients perfectly together to fight off the signs of aging. The ingredients in this combo don’t cancel the effect of each other.


Coenzyme Q is a natural enzyme that is found in every body cell and tissue. This enzyme helps to produce more cellular energy, neutralizes free radicals and keeps the skin cells looking healthy. Neutralizing free radicals means that those harmful radicals don’t steal electrons from the healthy skin cells, which is the reason behind skin sagging and aging.
As we age, our bodies’ ability to produce enough coenzyme Q declines. This means that the body loses its ability to regenerate its old cells making our skin look old and saggy. Without CoQ10, the cells of the body lose their ability to grow and divide and so they lose their firmness.

The lack of CoQ10 decreases the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin cells.

These 2 chemicals make your skin look firm and flexible. Without them, your skin will look wrinkled and saggy. Most women above the age of 30 have less than optimum CoQ10 levels in their bodies. This means that they need to use creams that contain this particular ingredient to fight off the signs of aging and to keep the skin looking firm.

Creams that contain CoQ10 can penetrate through the skin layers to fight off free radicals and to provide antioxidants that are crucial for the skin health. Its small molecule can effectively penetrate into skin cells to boost repair and regeneration.

As we age, our skin starts to lose some of its elasticity and regeneration powers and we start to see lines and sagginess on our faces. Using these 4 ingredients in a well-balanced skin care regimen will ensure that you provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and firm.