You made all the efforts of stopping yourself from munching on mindless calories, hitting the gym daily, and looking for tricks to fasten your journey to weight loss. After all the efforts you took for losing those extra kilos, it might come as a disappointment that now you have to work towards tighten your skin. No need to fret yet, as we are here to guide you and help you in getting that envious figure. Take a look as we are going to share with you some easy and quick ways to tone up your skin after you are done loosing weight.
#1 Rules of weight loss
Ok, we know this is not of much use to those who have already lost weight, but we can’t ignore this point for those who still might be on the weight loss track or planning for one.
Any weight loss regimen that promises quick loss must be avoided at any costs. Not only does the loss weight come back multiplied, the damage it does to your skin is beyond repair. Instead, opt for a routine that helps you to gradually lose weight over a period of time. This allows the skin enough time to cope with the change, so that the sagging is minimal. So, lose the weight slowly and steadily, and that is the best way to win any race, right?
#2 Eat for your skin
There are two components that help to keep you skin’s elasticity intact- elastin and collagen. So, start by adding protein-rich foods to your diet, like beans, tofu, cottage cheese, milk, fish, seeds and nuts that are great if you want to tighten loose skin. Also add a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to your list.
#3 Stay hydrated
With the amount of exercise that you have been doing daily, it is important to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Hydrated skin is not only healthier, but also more elastic. Drink plenty of water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. Remember, water is the best way to keep your skin healthy, smooth and happy. You can also eat healthy foods with high moisture content to increase water intake.
#4 Keep it moisturised
One of the after effects of weight loss are the stretch marks that appear due to constant stretching and sagging of skin. These stretch marks get itchy because of the dryness, and the more you scratch the more visible they become. Invest in a good moisturiser with vitamin E and collagen-promoting ingredients, to maintain skin elasticity. Moisturisation also ensures that your skin remains wrinkle-free for a longer duration. You can also use products consisting of aloe vera, cocoa butter, shea butter and soy protein, to boost collagen production.
#5 Scrub it up
The action of scrubbing encourages blood flow, which in turn boosts your skin’s elasticity and health. Applying natural scrubs, such as sea salt, is a recommended by many scientists to get the blood flowing to tighten the loose skin. You can use it twice a day and judge the benefits for your skin yourself. Mineral scrubs are another good option for you to think over.
#6 Spa treatments
Treat yourself to a lavish massage or a body wrap at your nearest spa to not only rejuvenate your senses, but also tighten the skin after all that weight loss. Massages also promote blood flow and elasticity of the skin. Body wraps such as sea weed, are also good for detoxifying the body and increasing its suppleness.
#7 Weight or strength training
If you are worried about the looking extra buff after intensive weight training, don’t be. You can always regulate the area of focus, and change the methods for resistance training.
Weight loss not only helps to reduce fat in the body, but also leads to loss of lean muscle mass. Go for strength training exercises that would help you to combine weight loss with toned body. It works on the layer of muscles below the fat, which tends to sag due to weight loss. It is advised to perform strength training at least twice a week, which can include free weights, machines, and body weights.
#8 Exercise for that specific part
Since we are talking about weight training, we thought about stressing on the importance of specific exercises for specific areas. With specific exercises, you can tighten loose skin by targeting those stubborn areas. For instance, to tighten the skin under your arms, go for overhead stretches or dumbbell exercises. For your legs, go for jumping jacks, leg lifts, squats, or cycling. For your abs, crunches are the best bet.
#9 Go east with yoga
Yoga is one of the ancient techniques for not only losing weight, but also relieve stress and increase body flexibility and well-being. There are different postures that work on specific body parts to tone them while increasing their strength. Such a combination of postures not only ensures gradual weight loss, but also firm and toned skin.
#10 Love your skin
Apart from exfoliation and spa, there are more things that you need to start doing for your skin to tighten it up. You should limit your exposure to sun to keep your skin supple, smooth and firm. Other than sun, also limit exposing your skin to very hot or chlorinated water. Also, it is best to stay away from detergents as harsh as sulphate, which is present in many soaps and shampoos.
So, get ready to celebrate your desired weight achievement. But, do keep in mind that patience is the key to successful weight loss as well as tightening the loose skin. You must give your skin time to adjust to the physical changes, and not get disheartened if the results are not immediate.