Forget spending a fortune on plastic surgery–there are natural ways to tighten loose skin after weight loss and get results. Even though hitting your goal weight is a reason for celebration, loose skin is one ugly side effect. Rapid weight loss from pregnancy, surgery or hard-core workouts and overhaul diets can cause skin to sag and appear loose. Skin is a live organ and can be reshaped and changed just like it did when the weight gain happened. Here are five non-surgical ways to tighten loose skin after weight loss.
1. Add Raw Foods for an Antioxidant Rich Diet
Raw foods like fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants which grab on to free-radicals or toxins. Toxins leave the body through the skin, damaging it on the way out. Now that you have lost all of this weight, you can’t be a stranger to healthy eating! Including raw foods will keep your calorie intake in check. A balanced, nutrient rich diet will work wonders for your skin, but be sure to keep those antioxidant rich foods raw. The more heat you expose the vitamins and nutrients to, the more get cooked out of the food and the the less beneficial these foods become.
2. Soy Protein for Collagen Production
Chowing down on edamame and sushi will provide you with tons of soy protein. Try a soy milk latte when you are having coffee or boil up some soybeans and toss them on your salads. In turn your body will produce more collagen, keeping skin elastic and taut.
3. Moisturize for Supple Skin
Since skin is constantly being regenerated, you should exfoliate often and moisturize with aloe vera extract to keep skin supple and well nourished. Using aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter, shea butter and soy protein can help trigger collagen production and restore the skin’s elasticity.
4. Build Muscle
Weight loss can often mean not only a reduction in fat, but a loss of lean muscle mass as well. Toning exercises will help increase muscle mass, burn calories at a more rapid rate and make you appear more lean. In addition, the added muscle gives the extra skin something to attach to as it regenerates. Focus on completing body toning exercises like squats and shoulder presses or weighted lunges. Then choose some focused toning exercises that concentrate on the body part that looks saggy. Doing crunches and holding the plank position will help tighten saggy abdominal skin–the most likely place for skin to sag after weight loss. Single leg squats will focus on your backside.
5. Lose Toxins in a Salt Bath
Taking a bath each week can also help sagging skin. As you are filling the tub, toss in 1/2 pound of sea salt to improve skin tone and draw out toxins that release free radicals that harm skin as they leave the body.
If you’re planning to have surgery to improve the appearance of your skin, try these methods first and you’ll see that they may be just as effective!