Losing weight comes with a whole new set of problems, which can include buying new clothing and loose skin after weight loss. While it’s best not to lose a large amount at a time, to allow your body to adjust, sometimes that not possible. Pregnancy is a perfect example and so is surgery to help you lose weight. Whether loose skin comes from weight loss or simply aging, the most common places to see loose skin is on the buttocks, stomach, neck, arms, legs and face. For severe problems, cosmetic surgery is often sought out, but for most people, there are less radical ways to handle it than a surgical procedure.
Start with a program of exercise.
There are a lot of good reasons to workout when you’re losing weight. One of those is that it helps boost your weight loss, but another is that it can also help reduce the risk of having loose skin. Even if you’ve lost weight without exercise, you can start to help make that loose skin disappear by increasing muscle mass, which take the place of some of the lost fat tissue. There are facial exercises, too. Unfortunately, there are few studies to show whether they help improve the appearance of the face.
Oils and firming creams may be of aid.
There’s a lot of commercial creams on the market that profess to help improve skin’s condition and make it look tighter. Some do help, especially if the problem comes from dehydration, such as crepey skin, where moisturizing diminishes lines and wrinkles. Look for creams that contain collagen and retinoids. Collagen helps boost elasticity and retinoids helps the collagen work. Grapeseed oil, a natural tightening oil, can also help improve elasticity.
Make sure you’re eating healthy and if necessary, take supplements.
Pills aren’t normally the answer to fitness problems, but in this case, pills that are supplements may help. Make sure you have adequate vitamin C in your diet and protein. Vitamin C is important in making collagen that tightens the skin and protein is absolutely essential for its production. You can supplement it if you aren’t sure whether your diet contains enough. Collagen supplements may help, just as taking gelatin is. Gelatin is a source for glycine that’s used to create collagen.
- Stimulate circulation with a body massage. When you do the massage, use skin cream that promotes collagen production or one that’s anti-aging. Using an oscillating massage machine can boost the effects of the cream.
- Spa services, whether done at home or in a spa, which include a sugar or salt scrub, can boost the circulation that increases blood flow and helps tighten the skin.
- There are a number of cosmetic procedures that range from chemical peels and ultrasound tightening to Botox are options, too.
- The best way to handle loose skin is to workout while you’re losing weight and keep active as you age. A healthy diet, combined with program of exercise, will help you loose weight, while reducing the potential for saggy, loose skin.
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