For many people, losing weight is a huge achievement. However, along with the fats that have been burned is the problem of sagging skin which can be disappointing for some.
For those who want a firmer and better skin after a weight loss, there are some natural remedies that we can try.
Boost Water Intake
When it comes to overall health, proper hydration is essential. Adequate intake of fluids is also important for those who want to tighten and firm up their skin thus making it smooth and radiant in the process. Experts advise that we should drink around 6-8 glasses of water daily or more. Aside from preventing dryness and maintaining its natural glow, a study shows that water can also help improve our skin’s elasticity especially when we are trying to lose weight.
Moisturizing is a key part of helping to tighten and improve the appearance of our skin. It will also prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing. Look for products that contain aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E as they can help hydrate the skin, and increase collagen and elastin formation.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and can be applied to the skin. It also has antibacterial properties that can soothe the skin.
Massage The Area
Massages are great for our skin. Massaging loose skin can increase blood flow and help evoke an anti-aging response which in turn can help our skin become smoother, firmer, and tighter too.
One study showed that regular massage with a hand-operated oscillating massage tool amplified the positive effects of the anti-aging creams.
We don’t need to go to the spa all the time to get a massage. We can massage our own body with the help of essential oils like lavender. Alongside massage, we can also use a salt or sugar scrub to increase blood flow.
Limit UV Exposure
Too much sun exposure is damaging to our skin. It can reap negative effects on the skin and hasten fine lines, wrinkles, and the breakdown of elasticity. We need to limit our time outside. It is best to soak up the sun from 7 in the morning to 9 to enjoy the vitamin D from the sunshine.
Get rid of loose skin by building more muscles through weight training exercises. Doing this will help decrease the appearance of loose skin, especially if the loose skin is from weight loss. Along with a healthy diet, weight training can help replace that lost fat with muscle mass thus lessening the appearance of loose skin.
Cosmetic physician Stanley Kovak, MD, of Kovak Dermatology and Laser Institute says:
“Strength training will expand muscles and tighten the skin in that area. We also know that high-impact exercises, such as aerobics, can rejuvenate the skin. This helps create elasticity, giving skin a more youthful appearance.”