Natural Ways to Tighten Loose Skin

Natural Ways to Tighten Loose Skin by Jo Brielyn

You’ve been working hard to lose weight and the results are showing, but you may notice that you have sagging skin covering those areas you’re trying so hard to improve. Extra skin hanging around can be frustrating and embarrassing. When your body loses weight and fat, some loose skin will appear but don’t give up or lose hope. The good news is that your skin is a living organ that will slowly transform to a shape that fits your new figure.

Your skin is an amazingly elastic living organ that has the ability to stretch as you move and grow. Skin is made up of cells, fibers, blood vessels, and elastic connective tissues that can stretch or contract depending on how they are affected. When there is weight and fat loss, the elastic elements of your skin lose the layers of fat that keep them stretched. They also don’t have much time for their elasticity to adapt to your new shape, especially if you lose weight quickly.

Factors like your age and how much weight you’ve lost affect how quickly loose skin tightens back up, but there are some actions you can take to help your skin speed up that process and tighten more effectively.

 

What Can You Do to Tighten Loose Skin Naturally?

 

Avoid drastic diets, yo-yo diets, and over-exercising to lose weight. Losing weight quickly causes your body to shed both fat and muscle. That means the underlying muscles that hold your skin against your body and the fat that keeps the skin stretched out are both lost. The result will be a lot more loose skin hanging with nothing to grab onto for support. Also, if you always seem to be gaining and losing weight – especially if it’s more than 25 pounds each time – you are yo-yo dieting. Methods of weight loss like that put a lot of stress on your body, including your skin. Instead, make key lifestyle changes to your eating and exercising routines and stick with them. Aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Include muscle-building exercises in your workouts. Adding weights and strength training to your regimen will help build lean muscles while maintaining a healthy body fat percentage. It is possible to lose weight solely with diet and cardio, but you will also lose muscle with that fat. Strength training builds lean muscles that fill in the looseness of the skin and create a visibly tighter, more toned look. This applies to you whether you’re just beginning your weight loss journey or have already lost the weight. Don’t neglect the weights and resistance.

Hydrate your body! Water is a vital factor in maintaining skin elasticity, so this is one more reason why you should always replenish your body with plenty of water through drinks and foods. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume roughly 3 quarts (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 quarts (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. You can also read more about the connection between water and weight here.

Feed your body properly. In order for skin to remain elastic and healthy, proper amounts of two naturally occuring proteins found in animals – collagen and elastin – are needed. Be sure to include protein-rich foods like legumes, tofu, beans, seeds, nuts, fish, cottage cheese, and milk in your diet. They contain the components that form collagen and elastin and also have oils that will work to keep your skin healthy.

Note: To achieve optimal protein absorption, try to consume 100-200 calories of your protein sources immediately following your workout.

Pamper your skin. Whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s important to take time to care for your skin. Your skin is always at work protecting your body and takes quite a beating from several elements. Avoid using harsh detergents – like the sulfates found in many shampoos, soaps, and dishwashing liquids. Sulfates can irritate and dry out your skin, which will strip away moisture and make it less elastic. Also, limit your exposure to sun and chlorinated water. They will affect the elasticity of your skin. Exfoliate your skin regularly (sea salt scrubs work well) to get rid of dead skin cells and increase circulation. Also, apply a lotion or cream to your skin daily that contains ingredients like aloe vera, soy protein and vitamins C, E and A to hydrate your skin and increase collagen and elastin formation.

 

Keep in mind that your skin did not stretch overnight. It isn’t realistic to expect that it will rebound that quickly either. In fact, the natural skin-tightening process after weight loss generally takes from six months to two years, depending on factors such as your age, how much weight was lost, and your genetics. Be patient. Continue your healthy fitness regimine, incorporate the skin-tightening and skincare basics mentioned above, and you will see results.

 

 

JO BRIELYN is an author and contributing writer for Get Fit Now and has currently completed 16 nonfiction books about health and wellness. Jo is the founder, writer, and editor of Creative Kids Ideas, a resource website that supplies parents, teachers, and family members with the tips and fun ideas to help build stronger, happier, and more creative kids. She is also the writer behind Good-For-Your-Health.com. Jo is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a former youth leader. She resides in Central Florida with her husband and their two daughters. Jo is the co-author of Combat Fat for Kids.

Relax and Relieve Stress with These Herbal Tea Recipes

Throughout history, cultures have used herbs for their unique flavors as well as for the treatment of various conditions and ailments. Cooking Well: Healing Herbs offers recipes and information to help you uncover the beneficial properties of many of these herbs in easy-to-use recipes. Whether you’re looking to ease symptoms of a specific condition, seeking to energize or relax using herbs in tea, or just want to create tasty, healthy meals, Cooking Well: Healing Herbs is the perfect resource for learning to harness the powers of herbs.

Enjoy the calming and stress-relieving benefits of these two tasty herbal tea recipes courtesy of the Cooking Well: Healing Herbs book:

 

Calming Tea

Ingredients:

1 oz. lemon balm

1 oz. chamomile flowers

1/2 oz. St. John’s wort

 

Directions:

Steep 2 tablespoons of tea mixture in a cup of boiling water. Cover ten minutes; strain and enjoy.

 

Stress Reducing Tea

Ingredients:

1 part chamomile

1 part mint

1 part calendula flowers

 

Directions:

Place all the herbs in a tea ball or bag and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes before drinking. You may add sugar, honey, or another sweetener if preferred. Feel free to also drink it with milk or cream if you like.

Note: This tea also relaxes the lower back and neck as it relieves stress.

 

Reprinted with permission from Cooking Well: Healing Herbs. ISBN: 978-1-57826-330-1 $11.00 (paperback). From Hatherleigh Press. Distributed by Random House.
Hydrate Your Skin All Summer with this Rosy Complexion Recipe

Summer is in full bloom. The grass is green, the air is crisp and nature is calling. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and spend some time outdoors and let the sunshine bathing your skin (But please don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!).

Do your skin a favor, and sweat out the toxins in your body while spending time outside in the warmth of the season. Exercising in the fresh air often motivates you to do even more than you typically would do inside at the gym. The sensory experience you get from working out outside plays into that. You hear the birds sing, enjoy the view, fill your lungs with new air, exhale the stale air, and feel your beauty. Nature is quite a motivator. So break a sweat for beauty’s sake!

After a brisk hike in the mountains or an outdoor workout of your choosing, refresh your skin and hydrate with this great, natural beauty recipe.

Rosy Complexion Recipe

Green Tea is an anti-inflammatory with healing properties.  Rose water is derived from the beauty of the rose.  It aids with circulation and digestion, and has value as a toning astringent.

Note: Rose water can be purchased at your local health food store in the body/beauty aisle.

Ingredients:

2 Green tea bags

1 cup rose water

Instructions:

Steep green tea and add to rose water in a 1:1 ratio. Place in a mister and use as an astringent on a clean face, before applying moisturizer.

 

ELIZABETH TENHOUTEN is an accomplished beauty expert and author of Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair and Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin. She has devoted her career to bringing out the best in women, naturally. Widely known for her all-natural skincare recipes and holistic approach to beauty, TenHouten’s sough-after tips and expert advice regularly appear on television, online, and in national publications such as Health, Natural Health, Working Mother, Natural Solutions, Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, Your Health Connection, Young Hollywood, and US Weekly, to name a few. She has appeared on It’s Your Health TV and the KTLA Morning Show, and has been featured on Beauty Now Radio and Martha Stewart Living Radio, among others. TenHouten is the Editor-in-Chief of Celeb Life Magazine and also serves as Contributing Beauty Expert for DiscoverBeauty.com and ShareCare.com, the health and wellness social media platform created by Dr. Oz in partnership with Harpo Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

 

Get Soft, Healthy Skin with This Moisturizer Recipe

Shea-Olive Moisturizer

Olive oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally moisturizing and softening for the skin. Olive oil also has plenty of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant and is effective for soothing dry skin. Shea butter is a wonderful moisturizer and penetrates your skin deeply to restore collagen and elasticity. It’s also packed with vitamins A and E, which are essential for skin health.

In her new book, Natural Beauty, beauty expert Elizabeth TenHouten lays out a philosophy of beauty that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being, an integrated approach that addresses the whole person. Natural Beauty includes a wide variety of all-natural beauty tips and tricks drawing on everyday ingredients with amazing healthful properties. This Shea-Olive Moisturizer is one recipe included in the book:

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon shea butter

 

Preparation and Application:

Mix both ingredients together and massage thoroughly over your hands, including the backs of your hands, which tend to be a drier area. The shea butter will melt into your hands as you apply it.

 

Reprinted with permission from Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair. ISBN: 978-1-57826-446-9, $20.00 (hardcover). New from Hatherleigh Press. Distributed by Random House.

Achieve Natural Beauty with this Soothing Facial Recipe

Floral Healing Facial by Elizabeth TenHouten

Calendula is a beautiful flower that is closely connected with skin health. It’s commonly used as a homeopathic remedy for several skin ailments, including relief of skin inflammation, bruising, slow healing wounds, and eczema. Calendula also has anti-fungal properties and is widely known to be antimicrobial and an excellent skin purifier. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, known for supporting acne-prone skin. Sweet almond oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer. Because calendula is antimicrobial, it’s an excellent skin purifier.

In her new book, Natural Beauty, beauty expert Elizabeth TenHouten lays out a philosophy of beauty that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being, an integrated approach that addresses the whole person. Natural Beauty includes a wide variety of all-natural beauty tips and tricks drawing on everyday ingredients with amazing healthful properties. The Floral Healing Facial recipe below is just one of many excellent ones found in the book:

Ingredients:

3 cups water

3 carrots

4 tablespoons organic honey

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

2 tablespoons dried calendula flowers

 

Preparation and Application:

Cut carrots into chunks with the skin on (the nutrients are in the skins, so no need to peel, just wash well). Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Throw in carrots. Boil until the carrots are soft, about 15 minutes. Mash them in a bowl. Add the organic honey and almond oil. Add calendula flowers. Mix until you have a smooth orange paste. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool. It’s a good idea to use a tongue depressor for application to avoid depositing the oil and germs from your fingertips onto your skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water to seal the pores.

 

Reprinted with permission from Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair. ISBN: 978-1-57826-446-9, $20.00 (hardcover). New from Hatherleigh Press. Distributed by Random House.