HOW TO GET PLUMP SKIN—NO NEEDLES REQUIRED

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since birth, you’ve probably witnessed the magic—and also the mayhem—of injectables. Like, there’s a reason J. Lo looks like your super-hot sister when she’s actually your mom’s age (magic). There’s also a reason Ms. Kylie looks like a *completely* different person these days (mayhem). Spoiler alert: it’s not the Lip Kit, ladies.

What we’re saying is: injectables are your business. We don’t judge. But they’re also BIG business, which means that not everyone has the budget (or the inclination) to fill every little wrinkle—or plump all the places in our faces that don’t match up with our beauty ideals. With this in mind, we wanted to tell you how to get plump skin without a single pricey poke.

First things first: What IS plump skin?

Let’s start with some skincare science basics. When we talk about “plump” skin, we’re really talking about two different things: moisture content and elasticity level. Together, these two cellular functions help create the overall impression of plump, youthful and radiant skin.

How? During our *actual* youth, our bodies naturally produce high levels of collagen and elastin—two essential proteins that help to form the underlying structure of our skin, keeping it smooth, firm and fabulous. Youthful skin also has MAD barrier function skills, which means it naturally locks in moisture for a dewy-fresh complexion. Great job, face!

Next: How to get plump skin at any age.

As our skin ages, however, it becomes less efficient at all of this stuff. We might notice that our skin gets drier, faster—or we might notice [GASP] fine lines, wrinkles, or even [WTF] a little sag around the jawline. We’ve all been there! And at this point, your “how to get plump skin” strategy becomes less about what nature gave you than what magic potion can I buy?

Lucky for all of us, there are hundreds of effective topical skin-plumping treatments out there—no needles required! Here are our top three hero ingredients, and how they work:

1. HYALURONIC ACID. Trust us when we say this: hyaluronic acid (HA) is the goddamn queen of skin-plumping treatments. A powerful humectant, this naturally occurring sugar molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water—giving skin a softer, firmer and smoother texture while gently plumping away fine lines and wrinkles.

TRY IT: Our WOKE BAE Whenever Moisture Spritz combines HA with with hydrating apple extract for an instant bump of plump you can apply as needed throughout the day.

2. VITAMIN C. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C is essential for protecting your skin from the damage of [ahem] leaving the house and living your life. But it’s also a super-legit skin-plumping treatment, naturally increasing your skin’s ability to produce collagen. Some forms of Vitamin C—including the ultra-stable, pharmaceutical-grade formula we use in our products—can actually help improve skin’s barrier function as well.

TRY IT: Our METAL HEAD Gold Brightening Mask is loaded with stabilized Vitamin C to stimulate collagen production, plus pomegranate stem cell extract to brighten skin tone.

3. RETINOL. While we’re talking about badass vitamins, this crafty little derivative of Vitamin A is known to boost collagen production (smoothing wrinkles), encourage cell turnover (evening and brightening skin tone) and purify pores (healing blemishes and smoothing texture). Conspiracy theories aside, it’s about as close to a magic bullet as you can get.

TRY IT: Our silky NIGHT RANGER Overnight Renewal Mask contains retinol to encourage cellular renewal, plus natural lime pearl acids to restore your skin’s smoothest texture.

As you may have noticed, most Masktini products are skin-plumping treatments! Even better: our formulas are carefully crafted with smart ingredient combinations designed to perfectly complement one another. So, although there’s no rule about using ALL of our products together, doing so will help you layer one beautiful benefit over another for maximum glow.

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