There are a number of ways jowls and sagging skin happen, from the usual suspects like sun damage and smoking to genetics and weight loss (if that last one doesn’t seem fair, it’s because it’s not). As we age, our skin loses elasticity, collagen, and fat, which results in skin drooping around the jawline, creating the nuisance we know as “jowls.”
While there are plenty of anti-aging products for fine lines and wrinkles, products that get rid of jowls without plastic surgery seem to be few and far between. But in reality, there are several creams and innovative tools that have gotten great reviews from real women. The best part is that they cost a fraction of a facelift!
We did some research and and found the best creams and firming tools that tighten skin around your face and will get rid of saggy jowls for good.
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Best Creams to Get Rid of Jowls
Strivectin is famous for its firming products, and this tightening and sculpting cream is no exception. Of consumer testers, 97 percent claimed to notice significantly firmer skin after just eight weeks. The high-tech-sounding patented ingredients (NIA-114™ and Gravifill-CS Shaping Complex™) target volume loss, contours divots, and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier.
One Strivectin reviewer wrote, “My face was sagging and I had lost my cheeks. I am so happy I found this face cream. I love to look at myself in the mirror now … now I have the plumpness back in my cheeks and my face is firmer and my jawline is actually a jawline! I can’t wait to try more products. I will use this for life!! I keep poking my cheeks because I can’t believe it.”
Starting at $28.99, Olay
A favorite brand of mothers and grandmothers for decades, Olay is one of the most trusted skincare companies. While some retinol products have a tendency to irritate skin, this fragrance-free cream feels more like a moisturizer that also happens to do wonders for sagging, aging skin.
One Olay reviewer wrote, “It leaves your skin feeling so very soft and touchable. I love it! My wrinkles aren’t as deep as usual. My skins tone is clearing up, which is such a blessing! I’ll be keeping this moisturizer in my nightly routine because of its effectiveness.”
$115, Elizabeth Arden
You’ll feel this cream start firming instantly on your neck and décolleté, adding moisture to dry, depleted skin. An award-winning advanced Idebenone technology, plus a protein restoring complex, corrects skin imperfections like age spots and sun damage, visibly erasing years from your skin.
One Elizabeth Arden reviewer wrote, “The Neck & Deck Firm Repair Cream has been a staple in my skincare kit for several years. I’ve been using EA for 40 years and my skin looks amazing. I wish that I had used neck & deck since it’s inception. My neck is not as flawless as my face, but much better since I’ve been using it. As with all EA products, a little dab will do.”
This triple action night cream is thick without clogging pores. An anti-wrinkle peptide formula called Matrixyl 3000+ lifts skin and firms along the jawline, reducing darks spots along the way. Consumer tests revealed visibly reduced wrinkled and toned skin in just two weeks of use.
One No7 reviewer wrote, “I’ve been using this night cream over a month now and can tell a difference in my fine lines and overall suppleness of my face. It’s super moisturizing without making my face greasy. Definitely recommend this product!”
Best Tools to Get Rid of Jowls
If you love your jade roller, this kit will take your obsession even further. These opalite, rose quartz, and grey agate stone improve circulation and support blood flow, which results in perky skin. Simply rub the stones along your jawline (and across your face). It feels wonderful, and you’ll start to see real results in mere weeks.
One Sephora reviewer wrote, “Great starter kit. Good quality and shapes! Recommend if you’re beginning the journey of gua sha as I was. The small piece is an incredible tool for those who have TMJ to use around the jaw before bed!”
This facial massager works by stimulating saggy skin with microcurrents, in as little as five minutes each day. It comes with a gel primer that you can apply prior to using. Then use the massager with medium pressure along the natural contours of the face and light pressure on the neck. This is a facial in a box!
One Sephora reviewer wrote, “I love my Nuface Trinity Device! I was skeptical at first, and hesitant because of the price. On my initial use, I completed the one side first as instructed, and when I looked in the mirror, I could see that side was visibly tighter and more lifted then the other. After doing the other side, both sides are equally lifted.”
This 24 karat gold vibrating bar is a favorite of celebs like Jennifer Aniston. It’s pricey, but the reviewers say it’s worth it to tone sagging skin and increase blood flow. Simply turn it on and massage away!
One Sephora reviewer wrote, “Wow! I did not expect this to live up to the hype. I have seen this on celebrities Instagram’s, but I was always skeptical. My esthetician used this at my last appointment and it felt heavenly. I use a tiny bit of moisturizer and massage my cheeks, neck, and tech lines. It is amazing how soft my skin feels after treatment and how relaxed my jaw feels. Worth every penny.”
This jawline mask may look a little odd, but users swear it works. Simply wash your face, then attach the soft mask to your face before bed. It contains vitamins, glycerin, collagen, and seaweed to moisturize and plump while you sleep. The manufacturer recommends using it 6-8 hours a day during the first week (or overnight), then use two-to-three times a week after that.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “I have a few black tie events to attend this summer and don’t like how the skin along my jawline is no longer firm and tight. After trying these, I’ll certainly be using them again before the events!!! They are easy to use by stretching it until the loops fit around your ears and laying along the jawbone and chin. After about an hour, just remove and marvel about how much firmer that area is! Glad I found these as they will definitely help me feel more confident at special events!”
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.