It’s an inevitable part of life that as we age our skin’s collagen levels deplete, resulting in sagging skin, with fine lines and wrinkles becoming more visible.
Luckily there’s a whole host of smart new products available nowadays promising to put the spring back into your skin by hydrating, tightening and boosting collagen production.
Want to know which ones actually work? Us too! To find out, we sent a selection of new skin-plumping serums and creams to our Real Beauty testers to use for a month before reporting back. Read on to see which ones got five star reviews…
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Youth Power Creme, from £51 here
This uses hibiscus and moringa extracts to boost collagen production, helping skin to look more firm, bouncy and lifted.
Real Beauty tester Paula says: “I loved this. It made my skin dewy, firmer, plumper and brighter. I felt rejuvenated and more confident while wearing it. I usually have pigmentation but it definitely helped reduce around my cheeks. I was told my skin looked like I'd had a facial and one friend asked if I'd had fillers!” 5/5
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream, £66 here
Packed with skin-replenishing ceramides, tetrapeptides and edelweiss extract, which are proven to firm, intensely hydrate, tighten and tone.
Real Beauty tester Nutan says: “Very easy to use, and lovely and nourishing. I could feel the hydration. It left a smooth finish to my skin and left it feeling plump, fuller and hydrated. I have definitely seen an improvement in my sagging areas – I hope it continues! My daughter also commented that my skin looked more radiant.” 5/5
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £5.99 here
Containing multiple molecular weights of this super-ingredient to hydrate and plump different layers of the skin.
Real Beauty tester Sarah says: “A lovely product which left my skin feeling really soft and silky to touch. It locks in moisture and definitely plumps the skin. My skin looked clearer, more even toned, firmer and fresher. The glow up is ridiculous – I don't look dull anymore! This serum may be basic to look at but by God does it leave your skin looking radiant. Who needs high-end pricey products when you have this?” 5/5
RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Moisturiser SPF30, £35.99 here
This claims to double the skin’s hydration levels and visibly reduced lines and wrinkles in just one week.
Real Beauty tester Angie says: “Although a lightweight cream, this gives a very nice hydrated feel to my face and leaves it feeling very moisturised. It plumps out the skin well, with the exception of the area underneath one of my eyes where I have a deeper line. My skin looked firmer, lifted, and more radiant, and I noticed a reduction in sagging and a more even skin tone.” 5/5
Wonderskin Liquid Gym Face Serum, £40 here
With a collagen-building formula and a cooling massager tip, this promises more tightened, toned and radiant skin in as little as two weeks.
Real Beauty tester Sara says: “This is a remarkable serum – it does what it says on the bottle! The little rollerballs are cool on the skin and distribute the serum efficiently while also massaging. Skin feels instantly tighter and firmer, and over a couple of weeks I noticed a visible difference. I also saw some success on it plumping out my nasolabial lines, and I had comments that my face looked radiant! I shall be buying it when it runs out.” 5/5
Kelsey Raspberry Farms Full Bloom Plumping Concentrate, £95 here
A lifting and plumping face oil concentrate made using antioxidant and omega-rich raspberry seed oil.
Real Beauty tester Victoria says: The texture is lovely, very easily absorbed and perfect under makeup. Skin looked hydrated and plumper after use, and it gave me a radiant glow. On several occasions friends commented that my makeup looked different, with more of a glowing finish, and the only thing I’d done differently was using this underneath. Lovely product, highly recommended!” 5/5
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