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8 Tips For How To Tighten Skin

Beautiful, tight skin does not happen by chance. With effective care, you can get to grips with how to tighten loose skin on your bottom, legs and stomach.

How to Tighten Skin

Having saggy and loose skin can make people feel uncomfortable and shy about exposing skin. Whilst we encourage everyone to feel happy in the body they are in, we understand that people want to know how to tighten skin that has become loose and saggy. Luckily there are a few solutions you can try at home to tighten loose skin, read on to learn more.

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What causes saggy and loose skin?

Loose and sagging skin on the face and body is extraordinarily common and is something that everyone will most likely experience during their life. Tightened skin is very elastic and has the ability to ping back into place when it is stretched, it is when skin begins to lose this elasticity that it starts to sag. The most common causes of saggy and loose skin include:

  1. Losing Excess Weight
    A frustrating side-effect of putting in hard work to shift excess pounds in order to improve appearance is being left with excess loose skin. This is because carrying excess weight and fat can put pressure on the connective fibers that attach skin to underlying muscle, causing them to stretch and lose elasticity. The fibers and collagen are subsequently damaged and when you then drop the excess weight cannot snap back to being tight to your body, leaving the appearance of loose skin.
  2. Aging
    As skin begins to mature the production of both collagen and elastin begins to slow. Both of these proteins are essential to skin tightening and elasticity, however as skin begins to age, its natural levels of both begin to fall.
  3. Not Giving Your Skin Proper Care and Protection
    Everyday skin is exposed to environmental stressors that can cause harm and accelerate its aging process, causing it to sag. This includes overexposure to the sun/UV light and other pollutants such as cigarette smoke. Using a moisturiser with SPF will help to keep your skin protected from UV light, and making sure your skin is full of antioxidants will help to neutralise harmful free radicals from pollutants in the environment.
  4. Pregnancy
    Loose skin is particularly common for women after pregnancy as their skin is stretched whilst carrying child. After birth skin does not always snap-back into place instantly, particularly if the woman is more mature during pregnancy. Read more about pregnancy skincare here.

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The best method for how to tighten skin is a combination of exercise, a healthy diet and care products. If you want to maintain your skin’s elasticity in the long term, it’s best to start early and take preventative measures.

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  1. Working Out
    Loose skin can often appear because of weight loss as carrying excess fat for a long time can cause skin to lose its ability to adjust to a smaller frame once the weight is lost. It can therefore help to engage in weight training after the fat loss to replace some of the lost fat with muscle that can minimise the visibility of loose skin.
  2. Massage to Increase Blood Flow
    Massaging problematic areas of loose skin can improve circulation to the area which in turn can help to tighten loose skin.
  3. Skin Tightening Creams
    Skin tightening creams that contain ingredients that help to boost levels of collagen can be highly effective ways of tightening loose skin. All of our NIVEA Q10 products are formulated with 100% Skin Identical Q10 and other specialist ingredients to help nourish and tighten loose skin whilst giving it an energy boost. Products that contain hyaluronic acid such as NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Day Cream SPF 15 can also be effective at tightening loose skin by helping skin to better retain moisture.
  4. Get Rid of Loose Skin by Losing Weight
    Underlying fat can often make skin appear much looser than it is, therefore losing this weight will help to make skin appear firmer and tighter.

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  1. Switch between hot and cold showers: encourage your blood circulation and boost your fat metabolism with the warm/cold stimulation.
  2. Massages are effective skin tightening measures: stimulate your circulation and the lymph flow – you'll be rewarded with firm skin.
  3. Keep moving: take regular walks, take the stairs instead of the lift or ride your bike into work.
  4. Balanced diet: calcium strengthens the connective tissue – bear in mind the high level of calcium in mineral water and eat yoghurt and cheese. Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar.

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How to Tighten Sagging Skin on Face

There are a few things you can try to tighten sagging skin on face at home, but for seriously saggy skin do not expect miracles. Sagging skin on the face usually occurs as a result of aging so is hard to reverse without a cosmetic procedure, so it is more effective to prevent.

How to Tighten Sagging Skin on Face

To prevent sagging skin on face make sure you are taking good care of it. This includes things like wearing SPF everyday, staying on-top of your face care routine, leading a healthy lifestyle (not smoking) and doing facial exercises.

Mature skin is likely to experience sagging, no matter how much care it is given, it is just a natural part of getting older. To help tighten sagging skin on the face that is mature, try NIVEA Q10 Power 60+ Anti-Wrinkle +Replenishing Day Cream alongside NIVEA Q10 Power 60+ Replenishing Night Cream. Both of these face creams contain 100% Skin Identical Coenzyme Q10 and Argan Oil to meet the needs of mature skin, visibly reducing wrinkles and improving skin firmness.

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How to Tighten Loose Skin with NIVEA Skin Tightening Products

Skin that has lost its elasticity and is beginning to sag is one of the most common skin issues, which is why we have products specially formulated to help improve elasticity and tighten loose skin. Try these to tighten loose skin:
q10 power 60+ multi-action pampering oil

How to Tighten Skin

Q10 Power 60+ Multi-Action Pampering Oil

NIVEA Q10 Power 60+ Multi-Action Pampering Oil with 100% Skin Identical Q10 and Organic Argan Oil deeply nourishes and helps to support skin's natural regeneration process by giving it the vital energy it needs to produce collagen and tighten loose skin. This face oil can be used as a droplet in your day cream to give it an extra kick or singularly for either a daily glow boost or overnight deep treatment.


q10 rich body lotion

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Q10 Rich Firming Body Lotion

NIVEA Q10 Rich Firming Body Lotion with 100% Skin Identical Q10 and Vitamin C helps to tighten skin by providing intense moisture and nourishment whilst improving skin elasticity in 10 days. The rich texture leaves skin feeling  hydrated, silky smooth and soft, perfect for dry skin. For normal skin that doesn't need as much moisture, try Q10 Light Firming Body Lotion instead as this will be less heavy on your skin.

How to Tighten Skin: Skin Tightening Care


The innovative formulas of NIVEA Q10 Firming Body Lotion and NIVEA Q10 Firming Body Milk have been proven to boost the skin’s firmness in 2 weeks – making your skin softer, firmer and full of energy. Thanks to Q10, creatine and L-carnitine, the new “energy complex” stimulates the conversion of fatty acids into energy*. The result: the skin cells’ energy is increased*. This has an effect on the regeneration, repair and division of the cells. For normal skin, we recommend Q10 Firming Body Lotion. For dry skin which needs extra special care, Q10 Firming Body Milk is the perfect choice.

*tested in vitro


Burdock fruit extract

Collagen is a structural protein and an essential component of our connective tissue and our skin. The elastic collagen fibres form a supportive corset for our cells. However, from our mid-20s, our body reduces its production of collagen. UV radiation and other environmental influences also cause the elastic fibres to degrade. Skin tightening care products with burdock fruit extract can have a positive effect on the body’s own collagen production and also tighten loose skin.


Argan Oil

The oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree, one of the oldest trees in the world. Cosmetic formulations with a high vitamin E content can help to protect the cell walls, and they also have a vitalising and moisturising effect. For how to tighten sagging skin on face try NIVEA Naturally Good Regenerating Night Cream overnight as this contains organic argan oil, helps skin tightening and intensely nourishes and hydrates skin as you sleep.


Coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine and creatine

This energy complex stimulates the cell metabolism – as proven with in-vitro testing. The formula supports cell regeneration, stimulates the regeneration of cells and improves the skin’s appearance. This has an effect on the regeneration, repair and division of the cells. The firming Body Lotion Q10 and Body Milk Q10 from NIVEA keep your skin elastic. The formula with Q10 massage pearls contained in the new NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion ensure your skin feels toned, even in the shower.