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Not everyone has the money—or the time—to drop on a series of cosmetic dermatology procedures. Thankfully, although cutting-edge, in-office treatments are often touted as the sole solutions to sagging skin, plenty of at-home remedies can be safe and effective.

To get to the bottom of what does and doesn't work, we enlisted the help of leading dermatologists Dr. Whitney Bowe and Dr. Dendy Engelman. Engelman in particular is optimistic about what can be accomplished at home. "We have so many potent actives that really can change the quality and health of our skin," she says. "And new ingredients are being discovered daily!"

Below, Bowe and Engelman reveal their favorite at-home skin-tightening treatments, ingredients, and strategies.

According to Dr. Engelman, at-home microneedling devices "don’t pierce the skin as deeply as the medical grade devices." Still, they "can be used to enhance penetration of products." Better penetration of  the active ingredients in your skincare, better results. 

This is Dr. Engelman's favorite microneedling device. She explains, "The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury and healing. The slight injury stimulates the growth of collagen, the scaffolding under the skin, which then improves the appearance of some scars and wrinkles."

"I love the NuFace device for its anti-aging benefits," Dr. Engelman says. "The before and afters are impressive and it's an elegant and painless device. Microcurrent massagers improve muscle tone, improve facial circulation, aid in lymphatic drainage and enhance product penetration. The mechanism of action for how the skin is tightened is mainly by the stimulation and activation of the facial muscles beneath the skin. When the underlying musculature is tightened, the skin appears smoother."

This is another facial massager—this time coming from Jillian Dempsey, make-up artist to the stars. (And we mean stars. Dempsey's clientele includes  Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Aniston.) Drain puffiness and get the circulation going in your skin. It's the key to perky, chiseled cheekbones. 

Dr. Engelman strongly recommends this device, which "has a multitude of benefits with over 250,000 hours of research behind it," she says. It "combines Isometric compression and low frequency vibrations. The device also prepares the skin for up to 300 percent more absorption of active ingredients up to 45 minutes after use. In clinical trials, 78 percent saw reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and 78 percent saw improvement in facial firmness."

For those in search of a massaging device at an accessible price point, this product from Clarisonic certainly fits the bill.

Dr. Bowe believes that retinoids (as included in this product) are the "gold standard when it comes to tightening skin from the outside in." And Dr. Engelman agrees: "Retinol is the most potent ingredient that helps build collagen and elastin, which leads to tighter, smoother skin."

This mixture has the added bonus of hyaluronic acid, which "can smooth, firm, and tighten the appearance of the skin," Dr. Bowe says.

Dr. Bowe warns that "retinol can be very irritating if used too frequently or if the formulation is too strong for your skin. I often recommend introducing retinol slowly into your skincare regimen (not every single night) and starting off with a low percentage." This low-concentrate serum is an ideal choice for first-time users.

This perennial drugstore favorite offers the same coveted retinol percentage, but at a much more accessible price point. Plus, you won't feel as bad using it on areas aside from your face—which Dr. Bowe says is necessary. "When applying it, don’t neglect your neck, chest, and eye area," she warns.

Dr. Bowe points to peptides as another key skin-tightening ingredient. "When you introduce exogenous peptides onto the skin in the form of a moisturizer or serum, they essentially “trick” the skin into thinking there’s been an injury or wound, which stimulates our collagen-boosting processes," she explains.

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This serum from SkinMedica features peptides, as well as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin C. "Vitamin C is required by the body to produce collagen, so make sure you’re using a serum with vitamin C as part of your regimen," Dr. Bowe adds.

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