The Best Skin Tightening Treatments for Face at Home

By Emily M.| Last updated on March 26, 2024
skin tightening treatments for face at home
⏱️ 6 min read

Firm skin is always in. There are so many options to reverse the signs of aging on your face today, but a lot of them are either too expensive or take up too much time to be accessible to everyone.

However, it is still possible to tighten your face at home!

In this article, we’ll talk about the most popular skin tightening treatments for face at home and give you recommendations for the best products.

Let’s get started!

Are Skin Tightening Treatments for Face at Home Effective?

To keep it short – yes, DIY skin tightening treatments are effective.

But it’s still good to keep in mind that, for all the ones we’re going to talk about here, one thing is true: the results are less dramatic at home than from a professional salon.

This doesn’t mean that they won’t be visible, just either a little less so, or it’s going to take more time to get the results you want.

Don’t get discouraged, though. None of these treatments will take up too much of your time, so doing them often will still be less of a hassle than booking regular professional appointments.

How to DIY Skin Tightening Treatments

If you want to do any skin treatment at home, you’ll need 2 things:

  • A good understanding of how to do it,
  • The right tools.

We’ll explain each treatment and give you links to the best products you need. But, it’s good to remember that it’s always better to follow either the instructions that came with the device or consult with a dermatologist or aesthetician before trying something new for yourself, especially if this is your first time doing it.

Now that we’ve established the basics, let’s get into the most effective DIY skin tightening treatments!


Microneedling is by far the most popular facial treatment right now. It works by inducing tiny amounts of trauma to the skin to trigger the natural regenerative process. This reduces fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s also good for acne scars and other texture issues.

You can read all about microneedling here!


The way you’re going to approach this depends on the type of tool you use – there are derma rollers, derma pens, and derma stamps.

To use a derma roller, you just need to roll it on your skin without applying too much pressure to avoid causing any real damage.

The derma stamp is used like a stamp – you press it at a 90 degree against the desired area as the tiny needles on its head penetrate your skin.

Finally, a derma pen is very similar. It’s shaped like a pen that has a tip consisting of needles. Note that this tool requires the most practice to use, so it’s not recommended for at-home use (although not impossible).

Click here for the full guide to microneedling at home.

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What You Need

To do microneedling at home, you’ll need a good tool and a serum to apply afterwards.

This serum can be anything you want – calming, anti-aging, pigmentation, or any other type – as long as it’s okay for use on broken skin. Once it enters your skin deeper through the micro punctures, it will get absorbed much better.

Take a look at our top picks (tools + serums):


The mechanics of nanoneedling are essentially the same as with microneedling, the needles are just shorter. This also means that the results aren’t as dramatic and that they’ll take more time to become visible.

Either way, nanoneedling can help improve your skin texture and diminish fine lines. Since it’s not that dramatic, we suggest using this for shallower lines.

It’s also a better option for absolute beginners to develop a sense of how much damage is okay to afflict onto your skin.

Or, if you’re adamant about using a derma pen, go for nano needles – they’re a much safer bet for non-experts.

Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy, or RLT for short, is the least invasive skin tightening method we’re going to talk about. It involves just putting the red light mask on your face, and letting the frequencies do the work.

Plus, it only takes 10 minutes!

The wavelengths of the red light absorb into your skin and promote the production of collagen and elastin, which then reduce fine lines and wrinkles. On top of that, they also help texture, reduce hyperpigmentation, and reduce inflammation.

Learn all about RLT here!

The Best Devices

To do RLT at home, you don’t need anything except a good device. It can be either a mask, a wand, or a machine.

Here’s what we recommend:


Microcurrent might sound a little scary at first since it uses electricity, but it’s actually extremely safe.

The small amount of electrical current that gets onto your face stimulates the facial muscles, making them tighter and giving you a more sculpted look. For that reason, this practice has also been dubbed as a ‘gym for your face’.

A fortunate side effect is that it also triggers the regenerative response in your cells, so more collagen is produced. This way, your skin gets a rejuvenated and more even look.

Follow this link to learn all about microcurrent therapy!


This treatment is simple – all you need is a conductive gel and a device. Here’s how to get the best results at home:

  • Wash your face,
  • Apply your gel,
  • Massage your face with the device, going over each section 3-10 times.

The device is very similar to other facial massagers, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a hang of. Still, we suggest you read the instructions carefully and always start from the lowest setting and work your way up as long as it feels comfortable.

Finding the Right Device

You’ll need a good device. They can be a bit pricey, so make sure to make your choice wisely. You can save up on the conductivity gel, though.

Check out our faves:

Ice Rollers

Finally, if you’re looking for a quick fix, you can look into ice rollers.

The effects of using one of these tools are very limited and temporary, but still noticeable as long as they’re there. The aim is to stimulate your lymphatic system and thus reduce puffiness in your face, making it look firmer and more even.

The Tool

The ice roller looks like any other facial roller, except that the cylinder on the top is hollow. You’re supposed to add water or a gel inside and let it freeze so that when you use it, you are simply going over your face with some ice.

These are our top rollers:

Final Thoughts

As you can see, when it comes to skin tightening treatments for face at home, you have plenty of options.

None of them require too much time or effort and, when it comes to money, even the most expensive DIY treatments are still more affordable than regular trips to the salon.

Whichever you choose, remember that the results will come in a little later and a little milder than they would if you’d done the facial professionally. But, with consistency and patience, you can still rejuvenate your face at home!

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