If you have recently lost weight after a pregnancy or dieting, you may have been left with loose skin. This baggy skin is unsightly and will have a detrimental affect on your overall confidence. Especially when you have been trying to lose weight for some time and imagining a perfectly toned body, loose skin can quickly become your worst enemy. The good news is that there are plenty of different skin-tightening options available to you, both surgical and non-surgical.
Firstly, it is important to realize why skin becomes loose after weight loss or indeed in old age. The skin is a living organ with great elastic properties, it stretching with you as you grow. However, although skin will also bounce back when you lose weight, there is only a certain elasticity in the skin meaning that after dramatic weight lost you may never regain your former figure.
There are two methods of skin tightening available for people who have been left with unsightly overhang or baggy skin after weight loss, these being surgical and non-surgical. Surgery is quicker and effective, but is also costly and can run risk of complication. There are many surgical treatments available depending on the area of skin being targeted, a good example being an abdominoplasty for the abdominal region. Asides drastic surgery, there are plenty of ways you can keep your skin looking great as well as tightening already tired and sagging skin.
1. Gradual weight loss will aid skin tightening
When you want to lose weight, one of the most important things to remember is to lose weight gradually. Dropping in weight too quickly will not give your skin the time it needs to shrink back to fit your slender body, the result being unsightly and baggy skin.
There is a wide variety of skin firming lotions available on the market, and you needn’t spend a fortune. Creams that are rich in natural herbal ingredients as well as vitamins A and E can help firm your skin and can even combat the saggy skin that you are often left with after giving birth, the cream increasing elastin and collagen in the skin. As well as creams that are designed to promote collagen production, you may also like to try a collagen cream to nourish and tighten sagging skin. The results you achieve from collagen creams can vary, and will depend on your skin, so ask around to find the very best in collagen firming creams.
3. Look after your skin
One of the best ways to avoid saggy skin is to nurture it. Limit exposure to the sun and avoid really hot or highly chlorinated water. Your skin is more delicate than you may realize, so avoid UV rays and watch as your skin begins to tighten up.
4. Increase blood flow to the skin
A healthy flow of blood throughout your skin will get it not just looking tighter but healthier too. To increase the flow of blood you may like to use a sea salt or mineral scrub in the shower; the results will be amazing, your skin feeling younger and revitalized.
A massage is another great way to promote healthy skin. Like with scrubs you may use, a massage will stimulate the blood cells in the skin and encourage an increased flow of blood that in turn will help tighten up saggy skin.
6. Try skin-tightening wraps
There are plenty of skin-tightening wraps available that help to promote a healthy and sag-free skin. Seaweed is a favorite wrap for many, available at local spas. To find the best spa near you search online or in your local pages and always make sure to read up on the customer reviews.
Weight training is an excellent way to build a little muscle and achieve a sag-free skin. Building up healthy lean muscle will not make you look overly masculine; it will give you a toned and sexy body to die for!
8. Make sure to drink plenty of water
Saggy skin is often a result of dehydrated skin that has seen far too much sun. On average you should aim to drink around 8 glasses of water every day to ensure a healthy glow and a tighter skin, the water hydrating your skin and leaving it free from creases.
Yoga is an excellent skin tightening exercise. If you have not already incorporated it into your exercise regime then it is time to do so. Yoga can not just help tighten up your skin but it will also help you stay stress free and become more flexible, the key being to start off slow!
Cooking food will often strip it of its natural nutrients and vitamins. By adding raw ingredients into your diet you will promote not just a healthy skin but an overall increased level of health. Try raw vegetables, and if you are daring why not even try some sushi!
11. Try out calisthenics as part of your skin tightening regime
Calisthenics are fun exercises that will not just tighten your skin but tone your whole body and leave you feeling great. Try some push-ups or jumping jacks and feel the blood flow around your body, giving you great looking skin and lean, sexy muscles.
12. Try a high protein diet
A diet that is high in lean protein will aid lean muscle growth, and this in turn will help tighten up saggy skin. Lean protein also contains natural collagen and nutrients to keep your skin elastic and looking great. So, by introducing lean protein into your diet you will not only have great looking skin; your body will become slender and toned too.
13. Cut out fatty foods from your diet
A great skin tightening tip is to stop feeding your body greasy and fatty food. Not only will it make your skin look oily and unhealthy, you will put on weight too. For overall skin health, avoid junk food and saturated fats, but include healthy fats in your diet in the correct quantities.
14. Pack your diet with healthy fruit and vegetables
Eating your five a day will have not just a great effect on your general health, but on your skin too. Fresh fruit and vegetables have high water content, helping to hydrate your skin and keep it looking firm and free from unsightly sagging.
15. Be kind and gentle to your skin
If you suffer from a dry or delicate skin, you can be making it a whole lot worse by using products that are packed with sulphates. Sulphates found in many shower gels and washes will strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to sagging.
16. Stay clear of the sun bed
You might think it looks sexy to be tanned, but the truth is that exposing your skin to sun or artificial UV rays will leave it dehydrated and saggy. If you want a skin that really looks smooth and soft, avoid sun beds and protect yourself from skin cancer too.
17. Avoid too much chlorine
Swimming pools have chlorine in them for a purpose, but unfortunately too much bathing can have adverse effects on your skin. Both very hot water and chlorine are known to dry out and damage the skin, leave it with no elasticity and wrinkles you can do without. After swimming, wash away chlorine with warm water and a wash that is specially designed to remove chlorine.
Cheap and very effective, a great skin tightening tip is to use castor oil on a regular basis. Combined with some lemon juice and gently rubbed into the skin, you can even feel your skin tightening! Use this cheap yet effective method on your saggy skin and you will soon see the difference!
Essential oils can really help to tighten up the skin and rejuvenate it, but you need to ensure you are using the correct oil. Lavender oil has been sworn to work on post-pregnancy skin by hundreds of women, giving your skin a wonderfully glowing feel.
20. Homemade masks
You may well have used a face mask of egg white to try and improve your facial complexion. A simple egg mask however is great not just on your face but on your stomach and other areas where you have loose skin. Let the mask dry and rinse away as you would with a face mask and start to see result in just a few weeks.
21. Honey and Rosemary
There are plenty of ingredients you will have in the home that are great for making face tightening creams. Choose honey and rosemary with a little witch hazel and smooth into a paste. Not only will your skin feel tighter with this great natural combination, but your circulation will improve too, giving you a healthy glow all over.
22. Try a rich almond moisturizer
Almond oil is known for its invigorating properties, and can even aid in making stretch marks less visible. Rub almond oil on your face, your stomach, or anywhere else you need a skin tightening agent and watch how it really works and achieves a super soft and sleek skin.
23. Aid the elastin in your skin with soy or aloe Vera
By adding soy protein to your diet or applying a cream that is rich in soy and Aloe Vera you can really help your skin regain its elasticity. Try applying an Aloe Vera or Soy Protein rich cream twice a day for best results.
24. Homemade skin cleansers
You can concoct your own skin cleanser from the most natural ingredients such as berries or oranges or even passion fruit. Combine your ingredients with sugar and milk and you have a cleanser that will enrich your skin, keep it nourished and will allow your skin to look fresh, clean and moisturized.
25. Our top recommended products for skin tightening
Asides all the top tips above that can keep your skin looking young, fresh and wrinkle-free, we offer a wide range of products that are specifically designed for skin tightening. No one likes loose or baggy skin, and it can be extremely disheartening especially after you have worked hard to lose weight. Below are some of our top recommended products that will keep your skin looking firmer and years younger.
Oils are great for skin tightening and you can choose from a huge range of different flavors and scents. Avocado, Jojoba, Grape Seed, Olive, Mustard, Castor, and Almond oil all contain ingredients that work to make your skin vibrant, healthy and free from wrinkles or sags. Oils can be rubbed into the abdomen, legs, stomach, or anywhere on your body where you want to reap the benefits of these essential oils.
Asides oils, you will find a large range of tightening lotion available on the market. We recommend lotions that are full of essential vitamins that promote healthy skin. Try tightening and firming lotions from Nivea, Olay or Reviva with added collagen for best results.
Not too dissimilar to skin tightening lotions, there are many creams on the market that will restore your skin to its former beauty. Creams are great for post-pregnancy, or simply to combat aging. Some of the tried and tested best products on the market are manufactured by Cellex- C, Olay, and Stri-Vectin-TL
Collagen is present in the skin and helps keep its elasticity, so when your skin is saggy or not toned, a collagen rich cream can help stimulate the skin to regain the elasticity it has lost. Elemis and Masons produce two of the very best collagen enhanced creams, giving back essential hydration to the skin and leaving it looking not just tighter but younger too.
It is possible to buy a skin tightening machine, that will work to restore your youthful looks but without using a laser or other surgical procedure. Skin tightening machines generally use a roller system, the D’arsonval roller system coming highly recommended.
Facial tightening masks are a highly popular and affordable method or rejuvenating the skin. You can lose saggy skin and wrinkles by using a tightening mask, some of the very best yet affordable on the market being from the St Ives range.
This product by B&C is used for healing skin, combating in-grown hairs and also contains tightening agents that will leave your skin looking incredibly smooth and soft. The anti inflammatory solution with moisturizer will heal the skin, leaving it looking smoother and tighter.
As well as the face, the stomach is a popular area where you would like to have a tighter and smoother skin. Especially after pregnancy, you can be left with saggy and unsightly skin. One of the best skin tightening creams for the stomach that is available on the market is the 3D shaper. This will not only give your saggy skin a run for its money, it will reduce the fat mass in your stomach, leaving it tort and smooth.
Surgery as an option for Skin Tightening
If you need a more drastic improvement to your skin and are not happy with the results you are finding with creams or lotions, surgery is a viable option open to you. Surgery cannot just tighten the skin, but can also cut away flaps of skin, remove fatty tissue, and improve your overall appearance dramatically.
Surgical processes for skin tightening also include laser and radio frequency treatments. These work by shrinking the collagen in the skin and stimulating new growth of fresher looking skin. You may like to consider a surgical laser skin tightening procedure for facial wrinkles, a saggy neck, or for sun damaged skin.
For a totally free consultation about surgical skin tightening and to find out just what it involves fill in the form below. We will contact you as soon as possible to assess your suitability for surgical skin tightening and to answer all the questions you may have for us.