Losing weight is a huge accomplishment. It can increase your self-confidence, improve your physical appearance and better your health on the whole.
Unfortunately, when significant amounts of weight are lost, enjoying these benefits is sometimes harder than you might think.
Often, drastic weight loss is accompanied by an unsightly symptom: loose, sagging skin.
Though the fat might be gone, this skin leaves you feeling insecure, unattractive and just plain uncomfortable in your own body.
It can be a difficult and emotional rollercoaster to say the least.
So what are you to do? Cover up your newfound weight loss in baggy T-shirts and pants? Or show it off and feel all-too-self-conscious about your sagging skin?
Read on to find out.
Do You Have Sagging Skin after Weight Loss?
If you have loose, sagging skin after dropping some weight, don’t blame yourself.
The fact of the matter is, as we age, our skin loses elasticity. This makes it unable to bounce back once weight is lost.
It’s just how nature works.
Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with that loose skin forever. There are actually some pretty effective strategies you can use to firm up that skin and get the toned, fit body you’ve been dreaming of.
Try some out for yourself:
- Build up muscle – By building up muscle, you can effectively “fill in” these looser areas, and cause the skin to tighten and tauten up. For men, lifting weights is a great place to start, and for women, body weight exercises, like push-ups, leg lifts and crunches are a good option.
- Try a sea salt scrub – Sea salt scrubs naturally increase blood flow to your skin, thus encouraging healthy elastin and collagen production – a must if you want your skin to tighten up. Rub some on in the shower or bath at least three times a week, and watch the changes enfold.
- Get a massage – Like sea salt scrubs, massages also stimulate blood flow, and they can help improve your skin’s health and overall elasticity. While it’s not a proven method, what can it hurt? At least you’ll be relaxed and stress-free once all is said and done!
- Load up on Vitamin C – If you’re not eating an orange every day, you might want to pick up the habit. Vitamin C is crucial to collagen formation, and if you don’t get enough of it, your skin has no chance of resembling its tighter, tauter former self.
- Slather on the cream – There are dozens of creams and lotions on the market designed to tighten and firm the skin by boosting both elastic and collagen production. Just make sure you do your research and choose a reliable, proven product first. You don’t want to waste money on a phony!
- Drink plenty of water – Proper hydration is critical to your skin’s elasticity, so make sure you’re getting plenty of water on a daily basis. You can also consume water-dense fruits and vegetables to increase your hydration, if toting around a water bottle all day isn’t your cup of tea.
- Get wrapped – There’s a new spa treatment called “body wrapping” that many have seen success with, too. In it, technicians cover your problematic areas in some sort of rub (usually one that contains honey, butter, chocolate, clay or something similar), and then wrap your body in plastic. You then lay back for half an hour on a warm towel or blanket, as the wrap works to detox and clarify your skin. Though the results of wraps haven’t been scientifically proven, many women swear they see noticeable results after just one treatment.
- Keep it moisturized – The moister your skin is, the more easily new skin cells can grow. To give your skin the best chance at bouncing back, try to keep it moisturized as much as possible. Use a lotion with vitamin E in it, or opt for a smooth coconut oil instead.
If at all possible, avoid the sagging skin in the first place. Focus on a gradual and healthy weight loss, and give your skin ample time to respond to your changing body.
Don’t Let Sagging Skin Get You Down
If sagging or loose skin has ruined your weight loss victory, then start taking steps to improve your skin’s health and elasticity. You’ll not only feel better for it, but you’ll have tighter, tauter skin in no time.
Have more questions about post-weight loss life? Be sure to post them in the comments.