No matter what, each and every one of us will at some point in our lives will experience the emotional discomfort of having saggy skin. But for some it is an inevitable part of weight loss and can occur as soon as your early twenties. People do not like to talk about this part of weight loss, as they are grossed out by it. Even thinking about it gives them shivers, and they want to keep it as private and as taboo as possible. It is in many cases truly ugly, uncomfortable to look at, and sometimes even hard to hide. Believe it or not, many people use it as an excuse to not even attempt the weight loss journey, because they are so scared of what their body will look like after. The bad news is that you cannot avoid it unless you are genetically gifted and belong to 1% of the population, who simply will not ever develop stretch marks. The good news is that besides the obvious and extremely expensive surgical procedures, there are different ways to try and prevent it, which will help you regain some of the elasticity back that you desire.
Your body is 60% water. During weight loss and after it is very important to keep your body properly hydrated. According to the American College of Sports Medicine those who use proper amounts of water for hydration can maximize the elasticity of the skin and help it “rebound” quicker and better compared to those who have inadequate hydration.
Cardio is great for heart health and weight loss but it is not effective when it comes to preventing saggy skin and stretch marks. Resistance training, yoga and Pilates type of exercises can be very effective in preventing loose skin during and after weight loss. Three to four days a week should be a good target for muscle training during weight loss and could be lowered to 2-3 days per week after desired weight loss has been achieved. 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions is a good goal to aim for.
Collagen is one of the main proteins in all-animal bodies. It makes up nearly 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. It is what keeps the skin resilient and helps the joints to work properly.
Taking collagen supplements can help increase your skin’s elasticity. When combined with all the other steps mentioned in this article, it can also help you regain healthy looking skin.
Vitamin E Oil
Oils like vitamin E oil are rich with antioxidants and have been linked to having anti-aging benefits. Giving yourself a vitamin E oil massage every night before going to bed is a great way to moisturize your skin while also tightening and smoothing loose skin.
Aloe vera can help improve the elasticity of your skin. It is also known as a perfect remedy to sooth and moisturize. Consistent use of aloe vera can have positive effects on your skin’s elasticity.
As much as natural remedies are great and less harmful than invasive surgical procedures and less costly than some of the fad popular spa treatments, the bottom line is that it can only help to a certain degree. It can never undo the damage done by the years of body neglect, overeating. With a set daily routine and incorporation of regular exercise, your skin will look better which in turn will make you more motivated to keep at it. Give it time and do not expect overnight results. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is very often neglected. Take care of your body and if given adequare time it will repay you for it.
“Patience is a virtue and the best things in life are worth waiting for.”