Life has the ability to pull the rug out from under your feet when you least expect it. Take weight loss as an example. You dream of having a good body. Finally you get off your butt and start working out and dieting. Slowly and surely after much self discipline and perseverance you manage to shed those excess pounds. Just when you think you can now put on that slinky swimsuit and saunter out to the beach you discover that you’ve been hit by one of the side effects of rapid weight loss – folds of loose skin.
Skin is one of the most elastic parts of the body. It stretches and contracts to accommodate our movement, pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss. Yet even the elasticity of skin has its limits. If you have gone on a crash diet and lost a lot of weight very quickly, your skin is going to take some time to catch up. This problem is compounded if you don’t have the power of youth with you. As we age, our skin slowly begins to lose its elasticity. Thus, it responds even slower to changes in body composition. Some people unfortunately are genetically predisposed to skin that is not so elastic. They will have to take extra precautions.
So what are the options when you are faced with such a problem? The first option that springs to mind is cosmetic surgery. Well agreed that it is an option, but it should always be the last one. Not only is it expensive, but there is always a certain amount of risk associated with any surgery. In the battle to tighten loose skin after weight loss, patience and time are your best allies. Skin is inherently elastic and your skin will eventually tighten to accommodate your new svelte figure. All it needs is some time: time and a little care. Let us talk about the steps you can take to ensure that your skin tightens as soon as possible.
The first rule in the battle to tighten loose skin after weight loss is hydration. Dry skin loses its elasticity; hence, it is imperative to ensure that your skin is hydrated at all times. Dry skin therapy is an important part of this process. Ensure that you regularly moisturize your skin, especially after you bathe. Invest in a good moisturizing cream that contains ingredients such as Aloe Vera, cocoa butter, soy protein, cucumbers or yeast extract.
Exfoliation is another important part of this process as it encourages removal of dead skin cells and stimulates the skin. Use a moisturizing body scrub or a loofah when you bathe. With sufficient care your folds of loose skin should be gone in no time at all.
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By Kevin Pederson