Sagging skin can be a side effect of the aging process — part and parcel to the fine lines and wrinkles that develop over time as skin loses elasticity and collagen production declines. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, smoking cigarettes, and a poor diet can all diminish elasticity. And you may also find yourself experiencing sagging skin if you’ve lost a large amount of weight — generally 100 pounds or more — as the stretched-out skin doesn’t always have the ability to bounce back.
There’s no miraculous cream or drug that will instantly remedy the situation outside of surgery, Dr. Jennifer Capla, a plastic surgeon in New York City, tells WebMD. This means face lifts, tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgery procedures are sometimes the only way to truly get rid of extreme cases of extra skin and/or wrinkles.
In more moderate problem areas, however, there are other ways to tighten skin and restore it to the best condition possible — especially before deciding to go under the knife. Let’s take a closer look at some of these methods and how you can start bettering your skin today.
Maintaining a workout regimen that includes weight training and muscle-building exercises in addition to cardio can be helpful to tightening sagging skin, as muscle creates a firmer, tauter appearance. According to Healthy and Natural World, strength training creates a layer of muscle underneath the skin, which causes it to become tighter. Three times a week is recommended to reap the benefits.
While you’re working out to build that muscle, make sure you’re feeding your body properly with adequate and quality sources of amino acids and protein. Collagen and elastin are two things that are needed to keep skin resilient and tight — and these ingredients are generally found in protein-rich foods such as grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, wild fish, eggs, nuts, and bone broth. You can even take supplements with collagen protein powders that dissolve into everything from your morning coffee to your post-workout smoothie. Of course, a good range of fresh vegetables and fruits is essential, too.
Try a skin-firming lotion
Moisturizing is a key part of helping to tighten and improve the appearance of your skin. There are a number of skin-firming lotions on the market that fit all price ranges. But look for formulas that contain ingredients like aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E, to help not only hydrate the skin but also increase collagen and elastin formation.
Aside from a skin-firming lotion, you can also do much good for your skin by exfoliating it effectively. Regular exfoliation and dry brushing helps remove dead skin cells and increases circulation. You can also look into a sea salt scrub or a bath with sea salts, which can help with blood flow to the skin and help tighten its appearance over time.
Get a massage
Yes, we are telling you to get a massage. Not only do they do wonders for your stress level, they also help increase blood circulation, which will yield benefits to your skin and its appearance. Plus, the products used in many spas and massage boutiques are infused with essential oils that hydrate and nourish the skin. It won’t be an overnight effect — nothing is — but it’s a good step in the right direction.
Moisturize your body from the inside out, and drink your way to tighter-looking skin with a good dose of H2O every day. It helps create a more radiant skin tone while also improving elasticity. Six to eight glasses of water are recommended at a minimum. But you may need more than that in the summer if you’re sweating it out in hot yoga classes or spin sessions.
Limit UV exposure
You may be in search of a glorious, bronze tan to help the appearance of your skin and disguise any sagging areas. But make sure you seek different methods other than just baking in the sun — or in a tanning bed. Too much time spent under those strong rays or fake-baking can reap negative effects on the skin and hasten fine lines, wrinkles, and the breakdown of elasticity. It also can lead to more serious problems such as skin cancer. So, get a spray tan instead, if you must, or buy a bronzing lotion. When you go outside, make sure to wear adequate sunscreen protection, too.
Go au naturel for your face
There are some home remedies for sagging skin that are worth a try. For your face, go for a strawberry mask that harnesses the antioxidant and vitamin C-rich properties of the fruit. Mash a few strawberries with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your face and wash off after 5 minutes. Simple as that!
Use aloe vera for your body
Aloe vera is another natural treatment option. The malic acid in the plant is key — simply extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it to your body. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. You can also use it on your face.
Olive oil also works on your body
Also, don’t ignore the power of a natural oil to help tighten loose skin. Olive oil has antioxidants like vitamins A and E that have anti-aging benefits and also help to keep skin moisturized. Massage the oil into your face, neck, and body. You can reap similar benefits from coconut oil, which can do a world of good for your skin, as it contains a number of moisturizing and nourishing properties.