Q. When an anti-aging product says it provides “firming” benefits, what does that mean? You can’t really lift “saggy” skin with a topical cream, can you?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
The elastin in our skin is what keeps things tight and in place; sometimes it is referred to as the “rubber bands” or “youth fibers” of the skin. As we age, the elastin’s fibers (fibroblasts) start to separate and breakdown causing your skin to sag. Firming can occur from products when ingredients are proven to support the elastin production within your skin. Look for products rich in peptides, vitamins and antioxidants.
The MyChelle G2 Instant Firming Serum offers instant gratification because it combines phytonutrients and skin-smoothing peptides that begin working on contact to visibly improve firmness. Argirelineâ„¢ Peptide is clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth up to 27%. Fast-acting Instaliftâ„¢, from goji berries, has been shown to dramatically increase skin firmness in only one hour.
Also try the MyChelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream. This will feed your skin six different peptides to help restore collagen and elastin production while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Matrixyl ® synthe’6â„¢ reduces wrinkle volume by 21% and wrinkle depth by 19% in 8 weeks. Proteasyl ® TP Pea Peptide is clinically proven to improve skin’s elasticity, increasing overall firmness by 35% in just 6 weeks. This product also combines antioxidants with great hydrators giving you everything you need in an anti-aging moisturizer.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skin care industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.