According to Paula's Choice Skincare, the best way to firm sagging skin is to use sunscreen, exfoliants, retinols, noninvasive medical procedures and products that build collagen. If these treatments do not result in sufficiently firm skin, cosmetic surgery may be the next best way to achieve dramatic results.
Paula's Choice Skincare states that no over-the-counter firming products produce the same results as cosmetic procedures like laser, dermal fillers or surgery. However, knowing why skin sags and what products help counteract the aging process can lead to good results. Skin begins to sag when elastin is damaged or degraded and when it gets too much sun exposure. Adult skin does not create elastin, which results in crepey, papery skin.
While it is almost impossible to create more elastin as an adult, it is possible to achieve good results with the right products. According to Paula's Choice Skincare, products with antioxidants can help to produce collagen, which helps to support the skin. Sunscreen is also a daily necessity. When skin is damaged by the sun, collagen and elastin are destroyed. Apply sunscreen to the face and neck every day to prevent damage. Exfoliants are key to collagen production. Salicylic acid and glycolic acid can both help to firm sagging skin. Also helpful are retinol products. Retinols like Renova can help build collagen and may even help build elastin. If these topical treatments do not produce the desired results, try light therapies, lasers or cosmetic surgery.