If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight, congratulations! You are on the path towards a healthier lifestyle. With weight loss, you may have noticed that part of your body’s skin may be loose or sagging. Maybe it’s extra skin around your midsection or loose skin under your arms – no matter where it is, you may find it annoying and want to find a way to tighten that loose skin. While there is no one miracle cure to help tighten your skin, here are some important nutritional tips that can help support skin toning over time.
Why is my skin loose?
Skin is very elastic and as we move and grow, it moves and grows along with us. Skin is an organ that is composed of various cells. Each layer of skin has different types of cells that are made up connective tissues, vessels, and fibers that will stretch over time. When you lose weight, especially a significant amount, the elastic part of your skin will have to adapt to your new shape. If you’re finding that it’s hard to get your skin to shrink back to a new size, there are several factors that come into play: nutrition, age, dehydration, sun exposure, and more. All of these things can affect what your skin looks like after you lose weight.
How can I tighten my skin?
As you age, the elasticity of your skin will change, too. Eating right is one of the best ways to help tighten your skin. Collagen and elastin are some of the main ingredients needed to keep your skin healthy and plump. Protein rich foods are important to help tighten skin, so increasing your diet in this area is important. Foods like milk, cottage cheese, beans, seeds, fish, and tofu all contain collagen and elastin as well as oil that are all key components of having healthy skin. After working out, it is important to have at least 100 to 200 protein calories right afterward.
Another way to keep your skin healthy is simply by taking care of it. Stay away from harsh chemicals, limit your sun exposure, don’t overdo it by tanning in tanning booths excessively, and exfoliate your skin with sea salts and mineral baths on a regular basis. In addition, there are some skin tightening creams on the market that can help hydrate your skin and stimulate elastin and collagen formation, while offering vital nutrients and vitamins.
You only get one set of skin during your lifetime, so taking care of it is important, especially after you have done the hard work of losing weight! Dr. Bledsoe and his qualified, experienced team have years of experience sharing weight loss and skin-tightening solutions with patients. Contact us today!