Years ago, a plastic surgeon told me that I’d know when I wanted a facelift when I thought I looked tired or droopy all the time. Well…that time may be nearing. Only thing is, I am a little bit terrified of having a facelift, plus, I don’t specifically want to look younger, or stretched, just a little lifted…ever so slightly… so I’ve been looking for alternatives. We all know about Botox and fillers, but what about some of the at-home devices? Can we get results, save a bunch of money and not go under the needle or knife?
I demonstrated a few products I was curious about on Facebook Live a few weeks ago, and thought I’d share the things I have tried and plan to try here on the blog as well. You can check it out here it’s actually pretty funny.
Some have worked rather well, others, not so much, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far.
Topical skin care. I’ve used Retin A since my late twenties. Retin A and it’s sister products containing retinol are great for sloughing off surface cells so fresh younger skin can emerge. It helps keep skin firmer by helping the skin build collagen and also helps improve tiny lines and wrinkles. If you haven’t begun using Retin A, it’s worth a try. It has improved my skin’s texture and brightness. However, one must stay out of the sun and use SPF 30 or more daily.
Temporary skin firming creams and gels. I’ve tried several skin firming or lifting serums with fairly good luck. Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Firm Temporary Face Tightener gel is quite good, though it doesn’t always play well with make up.
Neostrata’s Triple Neck Firming cream improves skin’s firmness over time when used regularly. While it hasn’t restored my neck to it’s firm 40 year old version, it has improved skin texture and elasticity somewhat.
The Magic Elastic bands. Ok, for those of you who didn’t see my Facebook Live, you missed a moment. I demonstrated the tape and elastic system old film stars used to use back in the day. Some women use them now and are quite happy with them. Using clear tape and elastic bands to pull your skin upward to give a firmer appearance. I carefully followed the instructions and had both my neck and face carefully taped and elastic-ed into place, when the tape gave way on one side of my face! Now that would be embarrassing if it had happened out on a date or something. I know that many women wear them with great results, but there must be a secret to ensuring the tape holds. Plus, you need to make sure your hair is long enough to cover the tape and elastic bands.
NuFace Trinity facial toner. The NuFace, and devices like it use micro-current which mimics skins natural current which is said to diminish as we age. The NuFace micro current penetrates to tone facial muscles, improve skin tone and facial contour. I purchased one during the Sephora sale, and in another week will have used it for 60 days. So far, it seems to be slightly lifting my skin and improving my facial contours slightly. I plan to continue using it regularly as I am finding that it is working.
Facial Yoga. So since we are looking for something non invasive, wouldn’t it make sense to exercise our faces? It’s worth a try as far as I’m concerned. I’ve signed up on line for a facial yoga series, and in 30 days I will be happy to update this post to let you know how it’s going.
Laser skin treatments. Lumecca, a new laser treatment, is said to tighten skin, remove dark spots, and those thread veins is next on my list of things to try on my quest for a non-invasive solution to improve my skin. I will be scheduling an appointment in a few weeks and plan to post about the experience and my impressions.
Have you tried any of these methods? Have you tried other methods or home devices that work? Let me know below, or if you are curious about a product, I will put it on my list to try to do a Facebook Live on it.