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Firm and Tighten Your Skin with Active Ingredients by Skin Actives

Firm and Tighten Your Skin with Active Ingredients by Skin Actives

Posted by Susan Katz on Nov 3rd 2023

At Skin Actives, we believe that skincare should be as unique as you are. Our commitment to helping you personalize your skincare routine is unwavering, and we offer a wide range of active ingredients that empower you to create your very own skincare products. Whether you're looking for instant skin tightening or long-term benefits, our ingredients can cater to your specific needs. In this blog, we'll explore the science behind skin firming and tightening, discuss active ingredients that offer both immediate and lasting results, and even provide you with a DIY recipe to make your very own Firming Cream. Plus, we'll introduce you to our Skin Firming Serum and DMAE Firming Serum for those who prefer ready-made solutions.

Understanding Skin Firming and Tightening

Skin firming and tightening are sought-after goals in skincare. Over time, skin loses elasticity, leading to the development of wrinkles and sagging. Achieving firmer and tighter skin involves enhancing its structure and elasticity. This can be accomplished through the use of active ingredients that nourish and stimulate the skin, ultimately promoting collagen production, improving hydration, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Active Ingredients for Immediate and Long-Term Results

Let's delve into some of the key ingredients we offer at Skin Actives that deliver both immediate and long-term skin-firming benefits, as recommended by our founder, Dr. Hannah Sivak.

  1. Pullulan: Dr. Sivak describes pullulan as a "make-up" type of ingredient due to its almost instant skin-tightening effect. Pullulan is a polysaccharide produced by the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans. It forms a film on the skin, resulting in a noticeable tightening effect. While it may wash away, long-term use may enhance the skin's immune response and infection resistance. You can add collagen peptides to enhance its effectiveness further.
  2. Sea Kelp Bioferment: Sea Kelp Bioferment is rich in fucoidan, carrageenan, algin, and other active chemicals. It provides essential minerals and nutrients that moisturize the skin and support the synthesis of new components. This ingredient also has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties, making it a versatile addition to your skincare routine.
  3. Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is a natural polysaccharide in the skin, known for its water-holding capacity. Adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare products helps maintain skin hydration, leading to a smoother and plumper complexion. It also contributes to skin repair and overall skin health.
  4. Collagen Peptides: Collagen is a fundamental component of the skin. Collagen peptides, derived from marine collagen, are easily absorbed by the skin and provide amino acids that support skin health. While collagen itself is insoluble, these peptides are easily integrated into skincare products, promoting skin firmness and suppleness, while helping to create a film on the skin to improve the look and feel of the skin.
  5. Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE): DMAE is a potent ingredient for skin firming and tightening. It helps improve the look of skin firmness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. DMAE is particularly effective for targeting areas around the eyes and face, making it a valuable addition to your skincare regimen. However, Dr. Sivak only recommends DMAE for occasional use, due to the potential for side effects like sensitivity and irritation. 

DIY Recipe: Skin Firming Cream

Here's a simple DIY recipe for a skin-firming cream using some of these active ingredients:



  1. Start with the 4oz jar of European Base Cream or a cream or lotion that you already love and pour into a sanitized mixing bowl.
  2. Mix approximately 1/8 of a tube of Pullulan slowly until you achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Optionally, add up to 1 vial of Hydrolyzed Collagen.
  4. Pour back into the European Base Cream jar and apply the cream to your skin as part of your daily skincare routine.

Skin Actives Firming & Tightening Products

For those who prefer ready-made solutions, we offer Skin Firming Serum and DMAE Firming Serum. These products are designed to provide immediate skin-tightening effects, along with long-term anti-aging benefits.

Skin Firming Serum is packed with epidermal growth factors, amino acids, vitamins, and pullulan to promote healthy and hydrated skin. It will give you the instant tightening effect while it provides all of the actives you need for long-term skin health.

DMAE Firming Serum focuses on improving skin firmness and reducing wrinkles, making it perfect for occasional use or special occasions. We do not recommend daily use of the DMAE Firming Serum due to the potential for irritation with continued use.

To quote Dr. Hannah Sivak, "The easiest, and perhaps, most rewarding, way to DIY skincare is to personalize a ready-made product you already like. You don't need to start from scratch making a serum or cream. Just take a product you like and make it suit your body even better." To give your favorite creams or serums an instant tightening effect, simply add a small amount of pullulan to 4 oz of product. Mix well and use as usual.

Achieving firmer and tighter skin is within your grasp with the right active ingredients and a little creativity. Whether you choose to personalize your skincare products or opt for our Skin Actives serums, you're on your way to healthier, more radiant skin. It's time to put your best face forward!