Many firming creams on the market claim to make you look younger and erase wrinkles, but is there any truth to this? Can a tube of cream help you get smoother, firmer-looking skin? The answer is… it’s complicated.

Whether or not a firming cream works depends on its active ingredients, how consistently you use it, and lifestyle factors such as maintaining a healthy diet and wearing sunscreen.

The hidden truth about many firming creams

Did you know many of the harmful chemicals in household products can also be found in conventional skincare products? That’s why it’s important to do your research and check the ingredient label before making a purchase. While some skin care products may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, others contain ingredients that can do more harm than good.

Here are some ingredients you should avoid in firming creams:

  • SLS/SLES. Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are cleansing agents commonly found in soaps and shampoos; however, they can also sneak into face and neck creams. These sulfates have a bad reputation for cleaning a little too well, leading to dryness and sensitivity. One study found that SLS caused skin irritation in 42 percent of the 1,600 patients tested.
  • Mineral oil. Derived from petroleum, mineral oil sits on your skin’s surface, potentially trapping dirt and oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

Ingredients that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

Now for some good news: Many naturally derived ingredients do help to minimize the look of wrinkles and give the appearance of smooth skin. Here are some of the best ones:

  • Hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate. These naturally occurring compounds are used in skin care products for their unique water-binding ability. They deeply hydrate the skin, promoting the appearance of smooth and supple skin.
  • Edelweiss cell culture. Derived from a mountain flower, this ingredient has excellent antioxidant properties and helps the skin appear firm and lifted. A recent clinical study showed significant improvements in wrinkle appearance with regular use.
  • Sea fennel extract. Often called the “retinol of the sea,” this extract results in the appearance of heightened skin radiance, reduced roughness, and a more even-looking skin tone without the irritation associated with synthetic retinol.
  • Paracress flower. This flower is remarkably high in alkylamides, which are well known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Paracress flower extract has been tested and shown to significantly reduce the appearance of horizontal lines, wrinkles, and sagging in as little as 4 weeks.
  • Rosehip seed oil. Thanks to its supply of vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids, this oil promotes skin radiance for a more youthful-looking appearance.
  • Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oil. Known for its concentration of alpha-santalol, Sandalwood essential oil promotes the appearance of smooth, youthful-looking skin.

Can wrinkles be reversed with skincare?

While there’s no miracle product for wrinkles, using skin care products with scientifically proven ingredients like the ones above can help you achieve a more youthful-looking appearance.

Here are some tips to get the best results from your firming cream:

  • Be consistent. Cleanse and moisturize daily, and use your firming cream consistently as recommended to keep your skin looking its best.
  • Wear sunscreen. Protect your skin from sun damage by wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Research shows that 80 percent of the visible signs of aging on your face are caused by UV exposure.
  • Eat a balanced diet. A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent premature skin aging, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Interested in a cream that’s clinically proven to smooth and firm skin? Check out Young Living® Sandalwood Boswellia™ Firming Cream, made with all of the naturally derived, effective ingredients on our list.

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