13 Strange Skin Tightening Tips That Really Work


There is nothing like saggy and wrinkled skin to make you look old, and no one wants to look old. That is why skincare is such big business. However, a regular skin regimen can be expensive if you rely on commercial products, and most of them don’t even work very well.

Back in the day, people routinely looked to nature to provide them with what they needed. Banana, avocado and papaya were commonly used to make facials that kept their skin soft, smooth and wrinkle-free. Today, we celebrate these natural remedies as alternatives to commercial products, and don’t find it at all weird. However, there are some strange skin tightening tips that according to professionals and users really work at a pinch. Here are 13 of them for your edification.

1. Pepto-Bismol

pepto bismol for skin tightening

The generic name for this antacid is bismuth subsalicylate, and you usually take it for an upset tummy. However, it is also a very effective skin tightener, pore reducer and zit zapper. Take about a tablespoon of the stuff and apply to your face like facial cleanser. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse off. You will see immediate results. However, it will dry out your skin so use it only in emergencies.

2. Preparation H

preparation H for skin tightening

Yes, folks, makeup artists and celebrities swear by this hemorrhoid cream in smoothing out facial lines and tightening the skin. Temporarily, of course. It also works wonders on pimples and fixes puffy and raccoon eyes. Use only a small amount and gently rub it on problem areas. Do not wash off. Only use this in emergencies because that stuff is strong.

3. Diaper rash cream

tighten skin with diaper rash cream

The stuff helps to heal dry skin that leads to wrinkles, and it is also a great anti-inflammatory for those troublesome zits. Simply smooth on to the problem areas and your skin will become as soft and supple as a baby’s bottom.

4. Mayonnaise

mayo for skin tightening

You can spread it on your bread and face! But it isn’t so strange if you think about it. Mayonnaise is egg and oil, so in combination it is a natural moisturizer and toner. For tighter skin, spread a thin layer of whole-egg (not light) mayonnaise on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wipe off and rinse with water.

5. Garlic

grated garlic for skin tightening

It sounds smelly, but there are some that swear garlic (grated) mixed with olive oil, sugar and facial cleanser makes an effective exfoliant, acne treatment, and skin tightener. Massage gently on your skin in a circular motion and rinse off. If you have any open wounds, it will sting but garlic will sterilize it so that is okay.

6. Sugar

tighten skin with sugar mask

Ordinary granulated sugar used with honey makes a great facial mask. Spread on honey and then gently rub in a little sugar to exfoliate the skin. Leave on to dry and then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Your skin will feel fresh, soft, and tighter.

7. Castor oil

castor oil night mask

No, this time you don’t have to swallow it. Simply massage it on the face at night and rinse off in the morning. Your skin will glow and loose skin will tighten. Use it to help tighten collagen to reduce cellulite and loose skin from weight loss.

8. Egg whites

egg white for skin tightening

This emergency remedy for sagging skin is not really a stretch, as anyone who has ever cracked an egg will know. The egg white can be used to instantly tighten the skin on the face and neck. Apply a very thin layer for an instant face lift. Do not wash off; the protein will hydrate the skin as well and egg whites have no distinct smell.

9. Rosewater

rosewater skin tightening spray

You can smell good and have tight skin and small pores at the same time. You can buy a bottle or make your own by simply boiling a lot of fresh rose petals in water for 15 minutes and then straining it before putting in a spray bottle. Spritz it on your face as often as you want during the day. It also works great as a gentle facial cleanser. You need to keep it refrigerated, though, as it loses its potency in warm conditions. But that’s actually a bonus, because cool water helps close the pores.

10. Cucumbers

cucumber slice face treatment

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This is actually a well-known remedy for puffy eyes, but gently massaging slices of cucumber all over the face will also tighten the collagen of the skin, making it firm and supple. Use it regularly; it is better if the cucumber has been refrigerated beforehand. You can also use this to reduce cellulite and lose weight (by eating the excess as a snack).

11. Coffee

coffee ground face mask

Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so rubbing it on the skin will tighten your skin. Mix used coffee grounds with olive or coconut oil to make a paste and rub on any part of your body. Use plastic wrap to enclose the treated areas for better absorption (not on the face though) and leave on for an hour or so before rinsing off. It works great for tightening facial skin and unsightly loose skin on the neck, stomach, arms, and thighs from weight loss. As a bonus, you’ll smell wonderful.

12. Water

cold ice water face tightening

Yep, good old water will instantly tighten your skin if it is cold enough. Fill a basin with half ice and half water. Submerge your face for about 10 seconds and pat dry. You skin will take on a pink hue and your pores will be closed. You can also use this trick to dry nail polish instantly.

13. Vinegar

apple cider vinegar facial rinse

And then we have good old apple cider vinegar. It’s great for cooking, relieving sore throats and skin tightening. Mix together 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water and use it as a facial rinse to tighten the skin. You can also make a facial mask by mixing a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water. Rinse off with ordinary water.


There you have it, 13 strange skin tightening tips that really work. You don’t believe it? It’s easy enough to prove. Try it out for yourself. You have nothing to lose, after all, except some wrinkles and loose skin. Let us know your experiences!



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