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After working hard to lose weight, you’ll also need to overcome another problem: loose skin. This is caused by your skin’s elastic components that may require time to adapt to the newly changed shape of your body. If you lose your weight too fast, you’ll have higher chances of getting them. Here are six things that you can do to tighten loose skin:1

  1. Take proper care of your skin To promote tighter skin, you can increase skin circulation and remove dead skin cells by doing exfoliation on a daily basis. You can also use cream for stretch marks or skin tightening creams formulated from ingredients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, soy protein, yeast extract, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and herbs. These formulations help to increase the skin’s elastic formation and collagen. To improve skin tone of the affected area, take a hot bath with minerals and sea salts. Avoid hot chlorinated water, tanning booths, harsh detergents (i.e. sulphates in dishwashing liquids, shampoos and soaps), and limit sun exposure; all of which could decrease your skin’s elasticity.2
  2. Have a good diet To keep your skin stay elastic and plump, you need a good dose of elastin and collagen in your body. You need to consume protein-rich foods that contain elastin forming components and collagen, such as fish, nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, legumes, milk and cottage cheese.3
  3. Get proper hydration Stay hydrated. Two litres of water each day is highly recommended. Stay way from sugary drinks as they’ll make you sluggish slows down the process.4
  4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle A bad lifestyle or habit could affect your skin’s elasticity. To avoid getting elephant-looking skin, stay away from excessive drinking, smoking, and sun exposure. Limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day if you’re a woman, and two if you’re a man. Smoking ruins your skin so it’s best to cut it out for good. If you need to be out in the sun, make sure you wear sunscreen at all time.5
  5. Avoid losing weight too fast Working out excessively and crash dieting will not only harm your health, it will cause you to have more ugly, loose skin throughout your body. A sudden loss of fat and muscle would shock your skin, leaving no time for it to adjust to the newly changed shape of your body. Instead, aim to lose between 0.45kg-1kg of fat a week. Include strength training and weight lifting in your programme to avoid losing lean muscle, a crucial component to maintain skin elasticity.6
  6. Do skin-tightening exercises You can also try a few skin-tightening exercises on different parts of your body that help to tighten your loose skin once you’ve finally achieved your weight goal, such as planks, crunches, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, squats, and lunges.

In essence, your skin’s elasticity will decrease as you age. Rather than focusing on something that you can’t control, keep your focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying away from things that further decrease the skin’s elasticity, eating healthy food, staying properly hydrated, and taking proper care of your skin on a daily basis. Try not to lose weight too fast to prevent the forming of loose skin.