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Skin tightening lotions: Science or scam?


Rachel says she found us thru Beauty Addict and she wants to know if skin tightening lotions really work. Specifically, she wants to know if the super-expensive products from Dr. Brandt and Dr. Perricone are just a huge waste of money again. The Left Brain speaks:

Skin tightening lotions are a scam. The best performance you can expect from this kind of product is a temporary tightening feel if the product contains film forming agents. And even this marginal effect is not very long lasting.

You specifically asked about Dr. Brandt`s products. Our favorite quote about this product comes from the Cosmetic Cop who says…

Dr. Brandt`s Crease Release ($150 for 1 ounce) contains gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter inhibitor to relax facial muscles. However, there is absolutely no research showing this to be the case. In fact, if this product did work as it states, the face and neck muscles would become relaxed, causing increased sagging.

The only skin tightening techniques that REALLY work are done by dermatologists. The latest methods for improving firmness and texture use lasers, radio waves, and injectable fillers. They’re expensive but they really do work. You can read about them at The Academy Of American Dermatologists.

The Brains Bottom Line: Don’t waste your money on expensive tightening lotions. Splurge on a good facial sunscreen instead!

Now the vitamins, herbal tonics and nutritional supplements can be taken from the vitamin shop. So you don’t need to wander around diet clinics and physicians in order to collect your diet plan full of mineral, vitamins, and magnesium. You can cure you skin tightening by taking organic liquid vitamins on discount prices from a vitamin shop.

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  • gemma April 12, 2016, 3:42 pm

    Hi you say skin tightening is a scam but i have recently tried a serum product that instantly tightend my skin and reduced the appearance of my wrinkles around my eye area, could you tell me how this happens and what ingredient would cause this to happen please?

    • deanna June 25, 2017, 7:06 pm

      What is the product, or at least what is the list of ingredients? (you can find them by googling.)

  • gemma April 12, 2016, 3:45 pm

    Hi i recently tried a serum that instantly tightend my skin and reduced the appearance of wrinkles around my eyes, Could you tell me how this happens and what ingredient would cause my skin to tighten?

  • Anna Cesnjevar July 30, 2017, 12:41 am

    It’s hard to pick a “winner” among these four highly-rated creams. While all of them will surely product results, I consider the first product to be a “luxury” cream that is hyped up but doesn’t necessarily deliver better results than less expensive alternatives.

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