Losing weight dramatically is a double-edged sword. You might shed some pounds, but sometimes the result is loose skin. What happens when you lose too much weight in a short amount of time is that your skin cannot adjust very quickly to the new body weight. Age plays a huge role in elasticity, but in any case, you want to monitor your skin as you are losing weight and make sure you tighten it. Here are 10 natural ways you can tighten your skin after shedding some pounds.
1. Monitor weight loss
The key for having a tight and beautifully toned body is to monitor your weight loss. You want to lose weight and tighten your skin in the same time. If you’ve lost more weight than you expected, it might be time to pause for a moment. That doesn’t mean you suddenly have to start eating unhealthy food and skip workouts. However, it does mean that you can allow yourself a treat or two if you are on a diet. Always give your skin time to adjust to the new body weight and weight loss. As you are losing weight, your skin is losing elasticity, so make sure to allow the skin to heal and rejuvenate.
2. Drink more water
Drinking water improves overall health, and if you are not following the 8 glasses of water per day rule, now might be a good time to start. Hydration does wonders for your skin. So, drink water and let it do its magic. Even if you are already drinking 8 glasses of water per day, increase the dose by one or two more glasses just so you get extra hydration.
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Hydration is key for tight and smooth skin, but you also need to moisturize. Look for moisturizing products that contain vitamin E, which will allow your skin to grow new skin cells. Moisturizing is also important if you want to avoid wrinkles. One of the best moisturizers on the market is coconut oil. Aside from vitamin E, coconut oil also contains antibacterial properties.
4. Treat yourself with a massage
You need at least a weekly massage when you are losing weight. If you can afford it (both time and money), twice a week is also good. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good massage? Just make sure to tell your masseuse that you are losing weight and you need the appropriate massage. Massages improve blood circulation, delivering more blood to your skin. And if you can’t afford to go to a masseuse, you can always do it at home. Ask your partner to do it for you. You can even add some essential oils for maximum benefit and better calming and comfortable experience.
5. Sea salt scrubs
What you want when you lose weight is to increase the blood flow to your skin in order to keep its elasticity and tightness. When it comes to sea salt and mineral scrubs, there are countless options on the market to choose from. And you can simply apply them during your shower. Sea salt is excellent for your skin, as it contains bromide, a mineral that soothes the skin. One thing to note: never use sea salt that has sharp and rough edges. You want sea salt with a fine and gentle texture.
6. Do not go out to the sun
Sun exposure is another double-edged sword. While sun exposure helps you produce vitamin D, too much sun exposure can be harmful to your skin (even more so if you are exposed during the highest peak of the sun’s rays). The rays can dry out your skin, damage the cells, and worsen the condition with your loose skin.
7. Strength training
Now that you have shed some pounds, it is time to tighten and tone that body. What you want is strength and weight resistance training. Cardio exercises help you lose pounds, but strength training is the one that creates a layer of muscles underneath your skin and tightens your skin. You can participate in strength training workouts every other day, or three days per week. At the beginning, work with lower weights and gradually increase as your muscles grow. Losing weight often results in muscle loss as well, so you want to rebuild your muscles.
8. Abs workout
Your belly is the area that suffers the most from loose skin. Chances are, your weight loss resulted in stretched skin around the belly area. Aside from strength training, you want exercises that target your abdomen. Crunches, leg raises, planks, and everything else helps. Just make sure to target your entire core, not just your belly. In order to strengthen and tighten the skin around the belly, you need to build muscles in your entire core.
Now we are getting to the mind aspect. As you are trying to achieve your goal of smooth, tight and gentle skin, try to visualize it. Everyone uses visualization to improve their performance (even professional athletes). Visualization can be a powerful tool, so remember to use it.
Last, but not least, people forget how hard it is to achieve their goals. Do not expect some magical solution or a magic wand that will make your skin tight after one touch. Be patient and give your skin time to revitalize, heal and rejuvenate. If you’ve spent a couple of months to lose weight, you need to wait as long for your skin to get back to its normal condition. Sometimes even more. So, be patient.
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