How to restore the elasticity of the skin after losing weight
In January, many begin to lose weight - the slogan "New Year - new I" becomes a good motivation to get oneself in shape by spring and summer. But those who could lose weight, especially if this happened quickly, are often faced with the problem of loss of skin elasticity. On how to maintain or restore the elasticity of the skin in today's article.
Saggy skin is a frequent consequence of childbirth and sudden weight loss. Where does it come from? When the amount of fat under the skin is significantly increased, the skin is stretched due to the increase in body volume. With rapid weight loss, the skin often fails to quickly react – hence the loss of elasticity. The most problematic places are usually hands, buttocks, stomach, inner thighs and chest.
To prevent flabby skin from messing up your appearance and well-being, Swiss doctors advise first of all to think about gradual weight loss – however, if you are already faced with a problem, do not despair. There are many doctor-approved tricks with the help of which you can return the skin its elasticity. Among these tricks – not only means that you can use, but also changes in lifestyle.
What can be used for skin elasticity?
The magical remedy, which would immediately cause the sagging skin to disappear after the first use, of course, does not exist. However, if you regularly use some skincare products, you can help the skin regain its former appearance much faster than without them.
Make it a habit to regularly use moisturizing and firming creams. Especially effective ingredients are aloe vera and vitamins E and A. Pay special attention to use the creams containing collagen.
Collagen helps the skin to be young and supple, so it is often used in anti-aging cosmetics. Nevertheless, the smoothing properties of collagen are extremely useful in case of sagging skin as a result of weight loss, despite your age.
Peelings and scrubs
Scrubs cleanse the skin of the layer of dead cells and at the same time accelerate the circulation in the zone of use. All this renews the skin and allows you to fire up the natural regeneration processes leading to skin elasticity.
Almond and castor oils
Natural oils are often recommended by dermatologists to normalize the functioning of the skin, our largest organ. In the case of saggy skin, almond and castor are effective, as well as some essential oils. Use almond oil to intensively moisturize the skin. Castor oil – along with, for example, lemon juice – is an excellent tightener
What can I do for the elasticity of the skin?
The best advice for all occasions is sports and the right diet. But which changes will be especially useful in case of stretched skin?
Cold and hot showers
A contrast shower is a great way to increase blood circulation and skin elasticity. Alternate a warm (not scalding-hot) and cold water, for about 15 seconds. A contrast shower also helps in relaxing the muscles and hardening the body.
Limit exposure to sun and chlorinated water
Nevertheless, showering too much is not necessary, even if those are contrast showers. The water that flows in the pipes of our homes is often chlorinated – and this can adversely affect the skin. To stay in the chlorinated water for a long time is harmful to your skin. If you visit the swimming pool and swim for long periods, make sure that you thoroughly washed in the shower after swimming, so that there is no residue on your skin.
Excessive sun radiation is also dangerous for your skin. Avoid tanning salons, and when you go out in the sun, always use sunscreens (apply them anew every 2-3 hours). Following this simple rule, you can significantly increase the chances of your skin to maintain or get back its elasticity.
Water and raw vegetables and fruits
You can moisturize the skin (and you need it!) not only from the outside, but also from the inside. For this, do not forget to drink water. On average, a person needs to drink about 2-3 liters of water a day, not counting other drinks. You can use one of the online calculators to calculate how much you need to drink per day for you, and you can install a reminder app on your smartphone to help you reach your goals.
Help your body to get even more water and beneficial vitamins by eating raw vegetables and fruits. In our guide to healthy eating, we mentioned that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is the recommended norm for the average person.
Yoga and exercise (constant activity)
Maintain an active lifestyle, focusing on endurance training and stretching. It is these types of physical activity that effectively fight stretch marks and sagging skin. Doctors often recommend yoga as a mild exercise to increase mobility and flexibility of the body.
Include lean and soy protein in the diet
Lentils, kidney beans, cashews, chicken, and turkey are just a part of the list of foods rich in lean protein. Proteins are essential for building muscle and collagen. In their turn, the muscles give a relief to your body, thereby tightening the skin, and collagen, as mentioned earlier, smoothes it.
Down with bad habits!
This advice seems banal and used everywhere, but the harm of alcohol and tobacco extends to the skin. We recommend you to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed and to stop smoking tobacco.
Massages and SPA, SPA-holidays
Mechanical stimulation of the skin during the massage has an effect similar to the effect of a scrub, but more pronounced. As a bonus, you get muscle relaxation and alleviation of the pain associated with stress. The beneficial effect of massages expands and strengthens with the help of additional spa procedures, including the use of heat and cold, aromatic oils, etc. For the greatest effect, you can book a holiday in one of the ecologically clean countries.
Beauty salons and aesthetic surgery
In the end, you can always solve the problem of loss of skin elasticity with professional help. If your problem is not too big, even beauty salons can help: there are often wraps aimed at the problematic part of the body. If the skin is heavily sagging, you can contact an aesthetic surgeon (we advise you to use the services of a Swiss specialist).