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An At-Home Face Lift: The Best Skincare and Devices to Tighten Skin

An At-Home Face Lift: The Best Skincare and Devices to Tighten Skin
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As we age, our skin can experience sagging, a loss of firmness and a lack of elasticity. Our natural levels of collagen and elastin deplete, leading to less volume around the cheekbones, forehead, temples and jawline. While skin aging is inevitable, there are steps we can take to help tighten the skin on our faces.  

We have put together a guide to some of the best skin tightening treatments SkinStore has to offer. Discover how to tighten facial skin with our recommended skin tightening devices and must-have skin care products for a firmer-looking complexion (without having to go under the knife). 

Microcurrent Devices 

Mimicking your body’s natural pulses, Microcurrent devices send low-level electrical currents to the facial muscles to ‘train’ them to appear lifted and tightened. Coining the title of the “non-invasive facelift”, microcurrent treatments offer temporary tightening by building muscle tone in the face. For the best results, microcurrent devices should be used consistently as part of your skin care routine. 

We recommended the NuFace Mini Starter Kit, a microcurrent facial toning device great for beginners. Petite and portable, the device comes with a hydrating gel to prep and prime your skin for treatment.  

Radio Frequency Devices 

Radio Frequency (RF) works by sending waves to heat the deep layer of the skin (the dermis), encouraging the production of collagen. Over time, this helps your face to appear firmer and softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Sensica use clinically proven radio frequency technology to create devices with skin-tightening benefits. The SensiLift Bronze offers a weekly 5-minute treatment.  

We also recommend the Tripollar Stop Vx which uses three alternating RF currents for larger coverage, faster heating and a shorter treatment time. 

LED Light Therapy Devices 

Arriving in the form of masks, patches, wands and free-standing panels, LED Light Therapy Devices use colored light to target specific skin concerns. Red and infrared light is best for skin tightening, emitting wavelengths to encourage the production of collagen and elastin. 

Zutta’s LED Masks combine clinically proven technologies with artful design to offer effortless anti-aging treatments with no down time. With three modes using red and blue light therapy, you can enjoy the fully flexible mask at home or on the go. 

Face Rollers & Gua Sha Tools 

Arriving in all shapes and sizes, face rollers and gua sha tools offer a simple and more affordable approach to skin tightening at home. Inspired by age-old skin care traditions and practices, face massage tools assist with lymphatic drainage and toxin build-up to help de-puff and tone the appearance of skin. They are often made with rose quartz, jade, amethyst and zinc for additional wellbeing benefits. 

A gua sha is a flat stone tool used to massage and sculpt the face. The SkinGym Rose Quartz Sculpty Heart Gua Sha targets large and small facial areas to lift and tighten skin’s appearance.  

Try the ReFa O Style Skin Care Face Roller, a massage tool that mimics aesthetician hand movements to help improve skin elasticity and volume.  


A protein naturally found in the skin, collagen is what gives our skin a tight and taut appearance. However, as we age, we begin to lose this natural collagen. Introducing collagen skin care into your daily routine (whether it contains collagen or encourages natural production levels) can help to keep skin glowing and elastic. 

A youth-boosting moisturizing cream powered by 18% Proxylane ™ (a patented molecule derived from beech wood), the SkinCeuticals A.G.E Interrupter Advanced helps to reduce the visible signs of aging impacted by a natural collagen decline. Also available as an Eye Complex, the formula softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for skin that appears tighter and bouncier. 


A form of vitamin A, retinol helps to increase skin cell turnover and collagen production (natural skin processes that slow down with age), making it one of the most effective skin care ingredients for skin tightening. Featured in many skin care products, retinol offers multiple benefits including exfoliation, improvement to skin fullness, minimizing the look of wrinkles and balancing uneven tone. 

We recommend the award-winning SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25, an exclusive retinol formula encapsulated with an antioxidant complex. Suitable for all skin types and first-time retinol users, the serum helps to visibly smooth texture and fine lines. 

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