Weight Loss is an admirable achievement that ought to be celebrated but some people may have to contend with loose & flabby skin as a result of losing a large amount of weight. It may feel as if you’ve won in one area and lost in another! This is not the case.
There are natural methods that can increase skin’s elasticity and tighten the flabby areas over time. The results will depend on how much weight you’ve actually lost and the length of time your skin was stretched out as well as your age.
Some valuable tips on tightening your skin after weight loss are as follows:
MONITOR WEIGHT LOSS
Curb your weight loss just enough to allow your skin to adjust to it. Maintain your weight and your skin will shrink to fit your new size. Continuously losing weight can cause your skin to lose elasticity.
INCREASE WATER INTAKE
Drinking water improves your overall health and will also help your skin become tighter, smoother and more radiant. Drink at least 6 glasses of water daily. Hydration is healthy for your skin and helps with its elasticity.
WEIGHT TRAINING HELPS
Strength training strengthens muscles and creates a layer of muscle underneath the skin. Thus, your skin becomes tighter. You should perform weight training three times per week to benefit your muscles and skin. Weight training is especially important if you have dropped your caloric intake because when you lose fat, you often lose muscle as well.
MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
Utilize a vitamin E enriched moisturizer and your skin will stay moist. This allows new skin cells to grow. Moisturizing also helps to minimize wrinkles. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and has antibacterial properties to soothe the skin. It is often used in commercial and DIY body lotions, but it can be used on its own as well.
LIMIT EXPOSURE TO THE SUN
Too much time in the sun will have a negative effect on your skin’s elasticity. Avoid tanning beds as the rays can dry out and damage the skin cells. Limit your time swimming in chlorinated water, as the chlorine can also dehydrate and damage skin cells. Be sure to shower after swimming or sunbathing.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If dealing with flabby or loose skin, it is important to be patient as your body adapts to fit your new size. Keep in mind how much weight you’ve lost and if your skin may be able to return to its original state.
Elasticity reacts differently at different stages in life. A young mother who just gave birth and is contending with loose skin may only require little bit of effort to tighten up the skin. For a 50 year old who has just lost weight in a short amount of time, the skin may not get back to its original state due to age.
It is important to realize this and accept it. Appreciate yourself for losing weight and accept your skin’s condition in the process of tightening it.