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How to Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

A person with loose, hanging skin tends to have a poor body image, even if he or she has lost tremendous amount of weight. Read on to know how to tighten loose skin after weight loss.
We all dream to have a perfect figure, and in our enthusiasm to attain that, we end up torturing our bodies with various kinds of diets and routines, which are not only unhealthy but can have irreversible side effects on our bodies. Some people even resort to keeping themselves starved in order to lose weight quickly. And when this happens, the initial excitement of losing weight gets faded due to the presence of hanging, elastic skin on the body. If you too find yourself in a similar situation and are looking for ways to tighten loose skin after weight loss, then the below given tips are sure to help you.

Procedure to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss

Lose Weight Slowly
If you are still in the process of losing weight, then I would suggest do not go overboard with it. Do not go on a diet or starve yourself. Instead, rely on eating in moderation, five-six times a day. Also, if you are regular at exercising, include weight training exercises to tighten loose skin, along with your cardiovascular work out.

Exfoliate and Moisturize
In order to improve your skin's elasticity, exfoliate it on a daily basis. Exfoliation will help in removing the dead skin cells from the skin's surface and thus, aid in proper skin circulation. This in turn will help in tightening loose skin after weight loss. Applying moisturizer to the clean and exfoliated skin will help in making the skin firm. Ideally, creams and moisturizer which contain ingredients such as Vitamin E, Collagen and Shea butter, should be used for moisturizing as these ingredients are well-known for their skin enhancing properties.

Stay Well Hydrated
Drinking lots of water and fluids is very essential to keep the skin healthy and also well moisturized. If there is some sort of fluid retention in your body which is making the skin loose, drinking adequate amount of water will cure you of that too. Also, hydrotherapy helps the cells and organs of the body to function properly, skin being the largest organ in the body, requires huge supplies of water to remain in good condition.

Take Healthy Diet
A healthy diet which is low-fat and high protein, is a must to maintain the health of the skin. Including foods which contain vitamins A and E as well as zinc and magnesium, will help in improving the elasticity of the skin, thereby tightening loose skin after weight loss. Hyaluronic acid, which helps in promoting muscle growth, should also be taken as a supplement. Foods such as tomatoes, cucumber and coconut are especially known for their skin improving qualities.

Herbal Remedies
Soy protein and aloe vera help in accelerating the production of collagen and elastin in the body. Thus, regular intake of both these ingredients will make the skin firm and tight.

Massage Your Skin
Apply essential oils on your body such as olive oil and lavender oil, and massage all the skin areas where you see that your skin is loose and hanging. Regular massages help in improving the blood circulation of the body, and application of essential oils keeps the skin hydrated and well nourished.

Take Up Yoga
If possible, join yoga classes. An asana in yoga, known as Bhujang Asana is especially known to tighten loose skin after weight loss.

I hope now you know how to tighten loose skin after weight loss. Although, the above mentioned methods do help in firming up the skin, there is no guarantee whether they will be able to tighten up the skin on each and every body part. If you fail to get the results that you desire, you can opt for a cosmetic surgery, as the last resort to tighten your loose skin.
By Aastha Dogra
Last Updated: 10/3/2011
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