Keeping our necks, pecs, cleavage, cheeks, and face from sagging can become a full-time J-O-B if we let things go for too long.
Skin science has surged forward with facial rollers, LED light therapy, microneedling, and face gyms. Keep doing that! But to avoid wearing an assertive treatment on our face (or see temporary healing marks on our moneymakers), hyperfocused serums, creams, and tools are a great option during our more visible summer months. I’ve always said we can exercise our facial muscles just as easily as our biceps — because it’s true.
One of my favorite “no downtime” tools is Saian’s FirmAge ($300). It’s a portable, wireless handheld device using radio frequency and infrared radiation that produces cumulative (ongoing) results that lift eyebrows, tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet, smooth out nasolabial lines, and tone the neck. Couple it with the company’s peptide-packed Active Renewal Serum ($120) and Active Renewal Cream ($120) or Neck & Chest Lift Creme With Edelweiss Stem Cells ($110), and you won’t be able to live without this. Saian.net
Get excited, friends! Tomorrowland is here. The Lyma Laser ($2,500) takes skin repair transformation to the deepest cellular level possible as the most advanced home remedy available today. Originally designed for deeper physical trauma (tendons and cartilage), Lyma’s technology addresses most every skin wish or concern, including sagging and loss of firmness, plumping, scarring, and rosacea, from literally head to toe. As the product information states, “Lyma Laser is the ﬁrst time a laser of this transformational power can be safely used at home,” further noting that it “targets more skin conditions than any other device on the market” for rapid cell turnover. Lyma’s Active Mist, with active stabilized oxygen, and Priming Serum, containing Wellmune beta glucans, help tighten up everything! ($150/monthly subscription) Lyma.life
Clarins, founded in 1954, was ahead of its time in using plant-based wellness ingredients as the key to skin youth. But there’s nothing old-fashioned about these serious lifters. Double Serum ($90-$160) has reached cult status. With a tailored-dose dial and powered by 21 potent plant extracts, this is a terrific longevity staple. V Shaping Facial Lift Serum ($85) slims, sculpts, and defies gravity to reveal a more chiseled look. ClarinsMen Hydra-Sculpt Resculpting Perfector ($60) is a dual-action gel-cream moisturizer that visibly firms skin and defines the jawline. Another secret weapon? Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel ($66). ClarinsUSA.com
HydroPeptide perfected peptide anti-aging products for the celebrity set. Its one-of-a-kind, potent firming products include Face Lift ($80), Power Lift ($100), and Nimni Face Cream ($110) with patented collagen support. Want to keep things really going sky high? Go for the Firm-a-Fix Nectar Lifting Neck & Décolleté Serum ($120). HydroPeptide.com
Always at the forefront of every skincare revolution (and being responsible for creating a few) is Peter Thomas Roth. The brand’s FIRMx line delivers with Instant FIRMx Temporary Face Tightener ($48) without visible flakes, FIRMx Collagen Moisturizer ($85), and 4 oz. Mega-Size FIRMx Face and Neck Contouring Cream ($300). PeterThomasRoth.com
Affordable meets super lifting with BaeBody’s Skin Hydration Kit containing full sizes of Collagen Moisturizer, Eye Gel, Hyaluronic Acid, and their vanilla and hibiscus Collagen Tea bags. Plus, it’s an Amazon best seller with ingredients you can trust. (Full kit, $65). BaeBody.com
StriVectin is no stranger to patents or causing a demand pileup at better department stores. Enter Tightening Neck Serum Roller ($90), Tightening & Sculpting Face Cream ($95), and TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus Jumbo. ($140). StriVectin.com
I used Vichy when you couldn’t get it in the U.S. Now, thankfully, you can! LiftActiv Supreme Serum 10 ($45), Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer (2.5 oz. for $40), and LiftActiv Supreme Night Crème ($50) contain healing, mineral-rich volcanic water to restore plump volume. For every Zoomapalooza meetings-o-rama day or a radiant, sexy night out, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum ($30-$60) offers packs of 10 or 30. Yes, please. VichyUSA.com
Marco Medrano is a multi-state licensed cosmetologist and beauty/grooming expert. He previously served as Beauty & Grooming Editor of ELLIMAN, Saratoga Living, HudsonMOD, Elevate, and more. @mrmarcomedrano
Art Director & Location, Ben Ward. @_benjaminward_
Model Jerreth Ludwig is a music supervisor, DJ, and a personal trainer specializing in calisthenics and correcting imbalances. @jerreths
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