Have you noticed some loose, saggy skin on your body following a recent reduction in weight? This phenomenon is especially common when you shed pounds very rapidly, although it can happen in virtually any weight loss scenario. Loose skin is most noticeable on the belly, arms, and thighs. While the best way to deal with this situation is to try and avoid it in the first place, some weight loss strategies don’t give you that option. If you have skin that needs to be tightened up, don’t worry! You have several options available to you.
It’s important to remember that the sagging skin you’re dealing with is entirely natural. It might be unattractive and frustrating, but it’s simply a part of rapid weight loss. You should bear in mind that it’s quite possible to vastly improve the appearance of your skin naturally after you’ve lost weight. Exercise caution with “miraculous” products that promise to resolve loose skin issues instantly. There are any number of ointments, pills, potions, and lotions on the market that make such promises, and the vast majority of them are simply wastes of money.
Proper and thorough hydration is going to be your first (and possibly strongest) weapon in the fight against loose skin. When skin dries out, it rapidly loses its elasticity, and that’s something you want to avoid whenever possible. Make sure your body as a whole stays well-hydrated (i.e. drink plenty of fluids) and keep your skin moisturized, especially the areas loosened by weight loss.
A good moisturizing cream is one topical treatment that’s worth investing in when you’re dealing with loose skin. Several different natural ingredients will help your skin stay hydrated and give it useful nutrients. Examples include cucumber, cocoa butter, aloe vera, soy protein, and yeast extract.
Eating healthy is important not just for maintaining your new, lighter weight but also for helping your skin adjust to it. In order to change shape and size, your skin needs to manufacture elastin and collagen to repair itself. The right foods give it the raw materials it needs to do the job quickly! Healthy sources of protein (e.g nuts, seeds, legumes, dairy products, and cottage cheese) are excellent for tightening your skin. Your skin can make the adjustment to a smaller size; it just needs the right dietary support!
If you’ve just lost a lot of weight, exercise very likely had something to do with it! If you’ve been avoiding weight training up until now, it’s time to start hoisting some weights! Building up some well-toned muscles is a perfect way to fill in the space left behind by unwanted body fat. If you’re new to strength training and don’t feel ready to jump right into the weight room, you can get off to an excellent start by performing some calisthenics. These exercises use the weight of your own body to provide the resistance you need to build and tone your muscles. Start with effective exercises like squats, crunches, windmills, and push-ups. One advantage of calisthenics is that they require no equipment and don’t take up much time; you can easily fit four to five ten-minute calisthenics sessions into your weekly schedule.
Don’t lose your motivation as you battle against loose skin! Like many health issues, this is one that sometimes gets attributed to genetic predisposition. While it’s true that our genes do dictate how we age, the role of genetics in the development (and elimination!) of loose skin is often vastly over-estimated. Never doubt that you’re dealing with a problem you can overcome! It may take time and dedication, but you can do it.
Loose, sagging skin is very common after major weight loss. It’s a problem that tends to correct itself over time, especially if the pace of weight loss is kept in moderation. Faster losses translate into more skin issues. If you have this problem yourself, don’t despair! Always remember that shedding unhealthy weight is a positive step towards your health. You’ve dealt with the major issue; you can handle the side effects too!