I’ve finally found something cooler than the other side of the pillow, and it’s Kate Somerville Tight’N Cryogenic Tightening Gel.
And it literally might be the coolest thing I’ve ever used, ever, because it’s like sticking your face into an industrial strength freezer… But it’s also $125, and I’m still deciding whether it’s a necessary step, or one of those skip-able skin care bells and whistles.
Like carrot cake, this new skin tightening foam is weird and wonderful at the same time. You’re supposed to use it as the last step in your skin care routine, both in the morning and at night.
When you push the pump, a white fluffy foam shoots out, which then starts crackling loudly, like crinkling paper or a bowl of Rice Crispies when you pour milk into it.
You apply it with your fingers to your face and neck, avoiding your eyes, nose and mouth.
That’s when the cooling begins, and you feel your skin getting colder and colder and colder…
It’s not painful or anything, but it feels *cold*, and numbing, like somebody’s rubbing ice cubes on your face after the dentist injected you with Novocaine.
And your skin stays like that — really, really cold — for a long time. Thirty minutes or so. It’s fascinating! And so, so, weird.
Ultimately, Tight’N is supposed to do what putting your hair into a severe high ponytail does. It temporarily tightens your skin and makes it look and feel firmer, more lifted and youthful.
It contains glycoproteins, which are proteins with sugars attached, that hang out on the outside, and around the membranes, of the cells.
I’ve been seeing glycoproteins pop up here and there in skin care products lately, but I’ve yet to find any big studies that actually support the claims that they do what skin care brands say they do.
Tetrafluoropropene, Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Sodium Glucuronate, Adenosine, Inositol, Panthenol, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nannochloropsis Oculata Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Salicylic Acid, Isododecane, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, PPG-8-Ceteth-20, Propanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone, Pullulan, Betaine, Glycerin, Polysilicone-11, Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate, Hydroxyethylcellulose/Phosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool.
Anywho, I don’t notice any permanent tightening or lifting after the cold wears off, but I wish I did, because it would be nice to see 35-year-old Karen in the mirror again (I miss her).
One thing I do really like about this is the way my makeup sits on top of my skin after I use it. When you first apply the foam, it feels gooey and sticky, but it dries smooth, like a lightweight primer. Foundations, tinted moisturizers and concealers gracefully glide on top of it. So, this can basically work as a makeup primer, too.
For $125, it doesn’t have enough of an anti-aging lifting kick for me, but it sure feels damn good. I think it’s one of those products that you have to try at least once — like if you see it at Sephora — just to experience it.
If you’re the ultimate “more is more!” skin care junkie when it comes to adding steps to your routine, you might want to splurge. For me, I think it’s cool (like, literally!), but perhaps unnecessary.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. TGIF!!!!!! 🙂