Top 20 Ways To Tighten Up Loose Skin After Weight-Loss
Weight-loss can feel amazing, but may lose its glory when you’ve worked so hard losing weight just to end up getting an excess amount of sagging skin in return. That can definitely be a downer. Don’t fret, though! There are plenty of things you can do to tighten up your loose skin and they’re easy things to do, too. You can finally shed off that flab just by trying out any or all of the methods we’ve compiled to help you out below. Here are 20 of the best ways to tighten up excess skin:
1. Start Building Muscle
When you lose a dramatic amount of weight, whether from dieting, surgery or exercise, if you don’t tone up your muscles as well, you will lose muscle mass and weight together. That combination is not a good one. You want to lose the weight, but you definitely want to keep that muscle mass! You can fill in some of that saggy skin by introducing your body to weight-lifting and weight-training.
2. Consume Nutrients That Promote Elasticity
You’d be surprised at how far just a few nutrients go when it comes to skin. Vitamins A, K, E and C, Selenium and Zinc all help to improve collagen production within your body, therefore tightening your skin. You can buy supplements, multivitamins or you can consume the right types of food such as: Nuts, seeds, bean and fish.
3. Stay Completely Hydrated
H2O is your skins best friend. Drink water all day, everyday. Consumer 1-2 liters everyday and see your skin change right before your eyes. Just staying completely hydrated will keep your skins elasticity levels up and also will give it a refreshing glow.
4. Stay Out Of The Sun
Unless you apply sunscreen, of course. UV rays from the sun and tanning booths cause the skin to loosen. The exposure decreases collagen and elasticity, but increases wrinkle production. So, wear that sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy!
5. Avoid Skin Damaging Toxins
Besides UV rays, there are plenty of other toxins to stay away from. Check the ingredient labels of all the soaps, body washes and shampoos you buy. Most of those items have sulfates in them. Sulfates reduce the amount of moisture your skin has and slows down collagen production. Another thing to beware of is chlorine. When you swim in a chlorinated pool make sure you are thoroughly washing it off afterwards immediately. Chlorine is extremely skin damaging if not rinsed away.
6. Collagen Creams
Of course, any sort of cream or lotion with collagen in it is specially made to help tighten up your skin. You can find a cream like that almost anywhere. The pricing all depends. It can get quite expensive buying the creams if the cheaper ones aren’t working (which, unfortunately, they usually don’t work) and therefore, we are forced to spend more money than we’d like to remove our excessive skin problem.
7. Do Not Crash Diet
When you throw yourself on a hardcore diet where you find yourself losing weight rapidly and then abruptly stop your diet and return to old eating habits, you are setting yourself up for a lot of loose skin. What happens is that you gain weight and lose weight repeatedly and your skin stretches out, but doesn’t have time to tighten up again before the next dieting binge. So, do not do that, at all. You have to maintain the same kind of healthy diet if you want to see not only weight-loss results, but skin tightening solutions, too.
Besides weight-lifting and weight-training, add in some muscle-building exercises like squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, pull-ups, strength-training or other anaerobic exercises.
9. Watch What You Eat
Yes, you’ve already dieted and lost the weight, but you’re not finished yet. If you want to see that loose skin disappear into thin air, you have to keep eating healthy. Avoid foods that are high in fat, greasy fried foods and sugary foods, too. Not only do those types of junk foods give you acne and reduce your skins resilience, they are also addicting and complicate diets by filling you with persistent cravings.
10. Start Getting Massages or Doing Massage Therapy
Not only does getting a massage reduce stress, but it can reduce loose skin, too. Massaging the skin actually helps get circulation going and betters it. The better your circulation, the tighter your skin.
11. Don’t Smoke/Avoid Being Around Smoke
Smoking is bad for you in a lot of ways, but it’s extremely bad for your skin, too. It decreases your elasticity a lot and causes wrinkles, too. Quitting will not only help your lungs, heart and circulation, but it will help you keep your skin firmer. You may want to avoid being around someone while they are smoking, as well. Even the toxins coming into contact with your skin can damage it.
12. Butter It Up
Okay, not just with butters, but coco butter, Shea butter, Aloe Vera and soy protein are all amazing things to help tighten up skin. Using them daily will help increase skin moisture, collagen production and overall skin health. Plus, they smell really good, too.
13. Skin Brushing
Skin brushing or exfoliating your skin on a consistent basis will help you get firmer skin. You can buy either a body scrubbing exfoliation pad or brush. Use it once or twice a day to get the best results. It helps shed old, dead skin cells and encourages fresh cells to form.
14. Oil It Up
Oils, well the right kind of oils, lock moisture into your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated on the outside is as important as consuming water to hydrate from within. Pick up some almond oil, baby oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil or olive oil at your local store to help you get better, firmer skin.
15. Scrub Away
Besides exfoliating with a brush or pad, you can exfoliate with sea salt scrubs, mineral scrubs or take a soak in a sea salt bath. These scrubs not only exfoliate the skin, but they also draw toxins out of your skin in the process. Taking a sea salt bath will clean your skin of any harmful residue, ensuring it’s at its healthiest!
16. Remember Not To Lose Weight Too Fast
Yes, it’s very tempting to shave off those pounds quickly, but in reality you are hurting your body more by doing so. That’s a lot of stress for you body to handle. Losing weight should be a slow, healthy and careful process. The faster you lose a large amount of weight, the more your skin will sag.
17. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Your skin rejuvenated itself while you’re sleeping. The more sleep you get, the more time your skin has to relax, refresh and rebuild.
18. Eat Protein Packed Food
Protein builds muscles within your body and will help your skin rebound after weight-loss, too. You can find protein in lean meats like turkey and chicken. Try to fit protein snacks or meals in after you’re done working out to really see that skin tighten!
19. Get Your Daily Dosage
Fruits and vegetables are such an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And they are even more important if you are trying to firm up your loose skin. Eating the recommended servings everyday will absolutely kick-start that process. Eating raw fruits, veggies and even raw fish like sushi, will give you more nutrients and benefits than if you were to eat them cooked, too.
If all else fails you can go for this option. Sometimes, genetics prevent us from regaining elasticity in our skin. Or sometimes after going through a 9 month pregnancy your skin just doesn’t snap back. Surgery may be the only thing that will help. There are lifts, tucks and staples you can get to help reduce excess skin.