"It's Botox in a Bottle": 17 Serums That Make a Huge Difference

As you get older, your skin loses elasticity because your body produces less collagen and elastin. In fact, by the time people turn 20, they'll produce 1% less collagen in their skin each year. And because your skin loses elasticity, it can seem loose and saggy.

Other factors can accelerate collagen and elastin loss: UV exposure, environmental pollutants, and certain lifestyle habits (such as smoking, poor nutrition, and drinking excessively). Your skin can also lose its tightness after weight loss or pregnancy.


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There are a couple of things you can do to combat saggy skin if it's bugging you. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are nonsurgical procedures you can get at the dermatologist's office, like ultrasounds, radiofrequency, laser treatments, and laser resurfacing. And, of course, there are surgical procedures, too.

But if you want to try an at-home remedy first, you can opt for a skin-tightening serum. Look for formulas that contain ingredients that can boost the production of collagen and elastin, including retinol, peptides, and vitamin C.

Take a look at some options for the face and body below, which have rave reviews.

The Best Skin-Tightening Serums for the Face

Best Overall: Éminence Organic Skin Care Bamboo Firming Fluid

The Best Skin-Tightening Serums for the Body

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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