After the hard work you put into losing weight, you probably can't wait to show off your new body. Unfortunately no matter how hard you work, you are often left with excess skin. The great news is that there are ways to help firm and tighten excess skin.
A simple start is by making healthy lifestyle changes.
Avoid Skin Irritants - When trying to lose excess skin after weight loss, do your best to protect skin from the elements or outside chemicals, which can dry out your skin and make it more elastic and rougher. So keep your skin relatively covered, avoid tanning, chlorine, and harsh soap or body washes.
Exercise and Weight Training - This was probably already a part of your fitness routine when you were losing weight so continuing it should not be a problem. Calisthenics can help remove the last pockets of fat and help tone muscles. Adding weightlifting to the routine helps to build the muscle where the fat once was and firm up the skin.
Eat Right - Considering food is fuel for the body, it is no surprise that eating right can help reduce excess skin after weight loss. The fruits and vegetables provide water to hydrate skin and the nutrients they contain help promote smoother, firmer looking skin. Healthy eating will also help you maintain the weight loss you worked so hard to achieve. Adding 8 glasses of water a day to your diet will also keep your skin hydrated and facilitate the tightening process.
When the above lifestyle changes are not enough there more focused treatments may help.
Skin Firming Creams - These are designed to promote production of collagen and elastin in the skin through the use of vitamins such as Vitamins A, E and Aloe. Increasing collagen and elastin helps to firm the skin and bring about a more youthful appearance. These results are slower and tend to develop over time.
Surgery - Surgery is an option for those who have lost an incredible amount of weight such as through bariatric weight loss surgery. There are surgical procedures to remove large amounts of excess skin and smaller cosmetic procedures primarily to tuck a small amount of sagging skin. You can consult with a doctor to see what surgery would work for you. While this treatment is immediate and effective it is often extremely costly and requires some degree of recovery time.
Body Wraps - Body wraps are used to moisturize the skin and help to tighten and firm it up through the use of nutrients and oils. A new wrap created to tighten, tone, and reduce cellulite in as little as 45 minutes is The Ultimate Body Applicator by It Works. The wrap works with the use of natural botanical ingredients that promote skin hydration, tightening and smoothing. Unlike some wraps that are made to simply remove water weight, The Ultimate Body Applicator helps the skin to firm into a more youthful look that hugs the contours of your body, giving you a more slender appearance. Like surgery, The Ultimate Body Applicator can give you immediate results in 45 minutes with zero recovery time and only costs $60.
Whatever works out for you just remember when you are trying to remove excess skin after weight loss it is important to be patient. Not all methods show instant results and sometimes it will take repeated tries until you get the body you worked so hard for. Just remember to stay the course and you will soon see all your hard work in the mirror every time you wake up.