Loose skin after weight loss is inevitable after losing a lot of pounds.
If you’ve lost a lot of weight, but you still feel unattractive, that might be because of loose skin that pops from your clothes.
Losing weight is the first step to a perfect figure.
But, don’t forget to take care of your skin.
Loose skin is most common around the belly, but other parts of your body that used to be fatter also end up with loose skin.
So, you can have loose skin on the belly, on your upper arms and legs.
However, there are people whose skin is very elastic so they don’t have problems with this.
How do you end up with loose skin
The skin is an organ that has a great ability to stretch and tighten.
When you gain weight your skin stretches and when you lose weight it tightens.
The tightening process lasts long and it’s gradual, depending on how much weight you lost.
Loose skin appears as a consequence of a rapid weight loss, especially after low-calorie diets that exhaust your body and mainly cause muscle reduction instead of fat tissue reduction. (1)
Your skin doesn’t keep track with your fast weight loss and loose skin doesn’t disappear after a long time, even after you stop losing weight.
That happens when your skin is mainly full of fat tissue.
The loose skin you get after losing weight is not only skin that hangs, it is fat more or less.
If you hold your loose skin with your fingers you will notice that under the upper layer of skin there are fat layers, especially if you do this test on the place with most fat-on your belly.
How to tighten skin after weight loss naturally?
To have an elastic skin you need to have:
- a healthy, balanced diet,
- your skin needs to be moisturized, and
- you need to have a good blood circulation.
So, how to get rid of loose skin after weight loss:
Be careful how you lose weight
Besides elasticity, the speed and the way of losing weight are essential to prevent loose skin.
As mentioned before, it takes a lot of time for the skin to stretch and tighten, so it depends on the speed of losing weight whether your skin will adjust to your “new” body.
If you choose a low-calorie diet that makes you lose muscles, you will definitely end up with loose skin.
On the other hand, if you choose a healthy diet and you exercise regularly you will prevent or significantly reduce the chances of having loose skin.
Increased physical activity can’t do harm.
Start doing yoga – it is great for toning muscles and getting fit.
When you are trying to lose weight it’s important to do weightlifting.
But when it comes to loose skin, you need to include crunches to build muscles.
Building muscles affects your muscle tone and the strength of your skin.
Avoid long sunbathing
Staying too long in the sun isn’t good because it makes your skin dry and it slows down the production of collagen which increases the risk of wrinkles. (2)
Your skin needs care.
Too much sun or exposing your skin to chlorinated water can only make things worse and make your skin even looser.
Use mineral peel-off masks
Using a peel-off mask (and shower gel) with mineral salts enhances your circulation and skin regeneration which makes your skin healthier and more elastic.
A good peel-off mask 3-4 times a week can do wonders for your skin.
A healthy skin is a hydrated skin since water gets toxins out of your body, and you will notice that on your skin.
Drink water and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetables.
Eight glasses of water per week can make a huge difference!
Get a massage
Massages are one of the possible solutions.
Massages give your skin elasticity and your skin adjusts to the change your body has been through more easily.
A diet high in proteins
You need a diet high in proteins so that you can build muscles.
Proteins provide building muscle mass so your body will be tighter.
The low-fat meet also contains collagen and other nutrients that make your skin elastic.
It’s recommended to eat eggs because they contain proteins, vitamin E and lots of other nutrients that have a great effect on your skin.
Continue eating healthily
Of course, you’ve been eating healthily – you’ve lost weight.
But, it’s necessary to continue that way after losing weight.
Make sure you eat cheese, milk, legumes (peas, peanuts, almonds, soy), nuts and fish because these ingredients are high in collagen.
It’s well known that when food is cooked many nutrients are destroyed.
If you want to get all the necessary nutrients for your body, include raw foods in your diet and your skin will shine.
Almond oil is the perfect choice when it comes to skin hydration and getting rid of stretch marks.
You can put almond oil, a teaspoon a day, on all body parts you need and your skin will be softer and tighter than ever.
So, what’s the bottom line?
To sum up, if you want your skin to be elastic you need to have a balanced diet, you need to moisturize your skin, and you need good blood circulation.
Try to intake enough vitamin C through food, drink a lot of water, and enhance your blood circulation with a good massage.
Healthy habits will bring you a good, elastic skin.
But, if you really want to improve the look of your skin and body you need to reduce the percentage of fat tissue and you need to prevent losing muscle mass or build muscle mass if you lost it.
If you lose under skin fat tissue you will allow your skin to continue tightening.
Furthermore, if you build muscle mass your skin will look better, stronger, your muscles will look toned, and you will get a better look in general.
You can achieve this by trying to eat healthily, nurturing your skin, and exercising.
Hi, I am Stacey and I am the author of beautyandhealthlife.com. I have 10+ years of experience in fitness and weight loss and I want to share my knowledge with you. I am here to help you lose weight and tone your body.