You have worked hard to lose the weight and you want to look good.

You have dreams of wearing a little sexy black dress. The last thing you want to worry about is loose skin. Once you have lost a significant amount of weight. There is a possibility that you may have excess skin.

Sometimes you see people who have lost a lot of weight that have excess skin hanging on them that looks awful. I can just imagine the frustration they must feel to go from one extreme of being obese to another of having sagging skin everywhere.

You can avoided the lose skin and ensure that at the end of your weight loss journey you maintain the tight physique that you are looking for. I have provided you with 10 tips below to prevent loose skin after weight loss.

10 tips to prevent loose skin after weight loss.

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1)Don’t lose weight quickly

When you have over 50-60 pounds or more to lose. Do not lose weight too fast. Your skin need to have proper time to contract with your new body. If you’re trying to lose 10 -20 pounds a week you will look pretty loose and jiggly.

If you had weight loss, surgery that is a different story. Gastric bypass or the Lap Band surgery is designed to make sure that you lose weight quickly.

 However, you must realize that at the end of your weight loss journey you might end up having to get the loose skin surgically removed from your body.

Hypothetically speaking think of your skin like a balloon that you blow up if you let it go too fast you see that it is all wrinkly and loose.

The same thing happens to our bodies. Our skin has elasticity. The degree of elasticity in your skin is based on your genetics, body size and how long you have been at your size.

Your skin needs time to contract slowly.

A more realistic weight loss goal is to lose between 2-4 pounds weekly. Allow your skin time to snap back with your shrinking body.

2) Massage your skin with oils

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  You need to take care of your skin in your everyday beauty routine. Get some essential oil of your choice. Jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, lavender oil are all excellent choices.

After taking a bath gently, massage the oil in your skin to aid skin elasticity.

 Dry brushing the skin is also good. It exfoliates the skin and improves blood circulation.

3)Dry brush your skin

Many people have claimed that after dry brushing the skin they feel more energize and invigorating. You could try a  Clarisonic or one of those little brushes that you can buy from Walmart or Sephora.

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Skin Brush

Exfoliation is good as well because it helps you to rid yourself of old skin cells as you are losing weight.

When you’re doing the exfoliation and massaging oils into your skin. Your skin is becoming more familiar with your new body structure and retract in size.

4)  Aging Skin

Let us be realistic, younger skin is less likely to be saggy. Teenagers and young adults will have more supple elastic skin. If you are in your mid 30’s or older you are more likely to get some degree of loose skin.

Because your skin is older. This theory is not written in stone anywhere it is subjective to your genetics and how you take care of yourself.

Some people have wonderful genes they can be 60 years old and their skin bounce back from weigh loss.

Not all of us are blessed that way so be realistic in your expectations.  You may find it harder to tighten up loose skin because the skin has been so for a long period time

5)Drink lots of water.

I cannot say enough about water, because not enough people hydrate themselves. Plain old water is good for you. What water hydration is going to do is to improve skin elasticity naturally.

Even your hair becomes even more elastic when you drink more water. Make sure that you are hydrating from the inside out. Dry cracked skin will not retract properly after weight loss. (1)

If you don’t like the taste of plain old water, just add some fruits, vegetables or herbs to the water and turn into flavored water.

 6) Eat a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals will heal your skin and make it retract as your body shrinks.

Make sure you are eating your vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. Eat more protein rich foods. No crash diets. A healthy diet puts elastin right back into the skin.

7) Resistance training.

If you have a significant amount of weight to lose and you don’t exercise, you will get loose skin.

Aerobic exercise is excellent for your cardiovascular health and to burn fat. However, aerobic exercise will not tighten your body. You need to do resistance training to tone and reshape your entire body.

Resistance training will help you prevent loose skin. As you’re losing the fat you are filling the space with muscles. You are also contracting the body so the skin will be able to shrink with your new body.

Building muscles helps you to keep off the weight. 

Don’t be afraid to lift heavy weights. You won’t get tough anytime soon or look like Mr Olympia. Women just don’t have enough natural testosterone to accomplish the bodybuilder look. Lift as heavy as you can with proper form.

Try to incorporate weight training at least 2-3 times weekly in your weight loss routine.

8) Take Multivitamins

Multivitamins can help with your skin elasticity. Take multivitamins that contains vitamin C, A and K. Copper, zinc, selenium and B complex vitamins. They help to boost collagen in the skin, heal the skin and make it more soft and pliable.

9) Stay out of the sun

The sun does provide some level of vitamin D. But if you stay too long in the sun your skin will shrivel up like a raisin and lose the ability to snap back. (

 Wear a sunscreen to protect your skin from the UV rays.

There is a myth that black people don’t get sunburns, that’s a lie. Black people get sunburns the only difference is that sunburns are not as obvious on black skin tones as the lighter skin tones. (2)

10) Collagen Creams

Collagen is one of the main protein in your body and skin. Using a collagen cream of your choice can help to promote skin elasticity. Reduce signs of ageing and keep your skin looking supple and youthful.

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Collagen cream

Check, the ingredients on the creams you purchase to ensure that they contain the ingredient collagen. There are also collagen lotions that you can use to apply to your skin to help firm up your skin and to give it a more youthful appearance.

Conclusion

To prevent getting loose skin after weight loss.

Lose weight slowly and take care of your skin by exfoliating, using supplements and collagen creams. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Eat a healthy diet and lift weights to tighten and tone your skin.

What other tips do you have to prevent loose skin after weight loss?

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