“There are a variety of products and ingredients that can tighten and enhance the appearance of the skin,” confirms board-certified plastic surgeon Lara Devgan, MD, MPH, FACS. “The look of ‘tighter’ skin is a seemingly loose term, but it reflects the image of a hydrated, plump, and smooth complexion,” she adds.
According to Devgan, there are plenty of ingredients found in our favorite products that can assist in reducing signs of aging while brightening, hydrating, and nourishing the skin. But for a skin-tightening effect, in particular, she recommends zeroing in on ingredients that boost collagen production and hydration like peptides, hyaluronic acid, retinol, squalene, niacin, and even antioxidants like resveratrol. That being said, investing in a formula teeming with peptides might be an especially strategic choice. (Try adding a peptide-rich cream or serum to your routine in addition to a retinol and/or antioxidant-rich face oil, and you’ll be Gucci.)