Your skin goes through many changes that cause it to lose its elasticity over timeespecially after you lose weight.
Unfortunately, collagen production begins to slow in your 30s and continues to slow down as you get older. A reduction in moisture retention and the loss of beneficial fats add to the problem of dealing with loose skin after weight loss.
While its not possible to turn back the clock on these processes, there are several things you can do to tighten up your skin and achieve a firm body!
Exposure to UV rays from the sun and harsh environmental chemicals creates free radicals in your body that damage skin on a cellular level. Keep your skin safe by applying SPF 30 sunscreen or moisturizer every time you go outside.
Swap chemical cleaners in the home for natural options, and avoid using toxic substances in your yard and garden. Cigarette smoking is also responsible for high levels of antioxidant damage, so quit as soon as you can to protect your skin and the rest of your body.
Since your body uses the nutrients from food to heal damage and produce new cells, what you eat has a big impact on overall skin health. To give your skin what it needs to stay vibrant, incorporate these foods into your diet:
- Dark leafy greens, brightly colored vegetables and berries for damage-fighting antioxidants
- Whole grains for B vitamins that aid in skin repair
- Fresh fruit for the vitamin C necessary to build collagen
- Legumes for protein building blocks that make up new cells
- Nuts, seeds and avocado for anti-inflammatory fats
Include these foods instead of processed fare, which deprives your body of nutrients and introduces foreign substances that may cause inflammation and additional free radical damage.
Complement your healthy diet with skin treatments that increase collagen production, support cellular health and tighten up skin with natural compounds. Creams containing caffeine decrease puffiness and tighten up trouble areas to create a smoother complexion.
There are many treatments on the market that claim they can help banish sagging skin but few have ingredients proven to actually help with loose skin after weight loss. Gel-V was specifically created with the right blend of ingredients to contour sagging skin and enhance your overall appearance.
Moisture is important for healthy skin both in the skin care products you use and from dietary sources. Drinking plenty of fresh water and eating water-rich fruits and vegetables keeps you hydrated from the inside.
For a deeper, more nourishing skin treatment just for your face, look for hydrating facial masks that can be used one a week in addition to your daily moisturizer.
Keeping your skin firm doesnt require an elaborate routine or a complete lifestyle overhaul. Add a few new products to your arsenal, clean up your diet and avoid chemical exposure, and your skin will continue to look healthy and radiant for many years.
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