During weight loss, sagging skin is common. The deepest layer of the skin is made up of proteins, including collagen and elastin. Collagen, which represents 80% of the structure of our skin, provides firmness and strength. Elastin allows for elasticity and helps the skin to stay tight.
As you gain weight, the skin stretches over areas that are enlarging. Pregnancy is an example of this “expansion”: the skin stretches over several months and tightens naturally within a few weeks of birth.
In contrast, the skin of most overweight and obese people is stretched for years, often from childhood or adolescence. And when the skin has been stretched considerably for a long period of time, the collagen and elastin fibers are damaged. As a result, they lose some of their ability to retract.
Some tips to avoid sagging skin after weight loss:
Nourish your skin well during the slimming protocol:
Morning and evening, after showering, apply at least one moisturizer to the skin. It is THE base to help your skin maintain its natural elasticity. If your skin is a little saggy, obviously go for a cream that hydrates and firms at the same time, such as caffeine-based creams. Without forgetting to make an exfoliating scrub at least once a week, in order to eliminate the dead cells from our skin. Keeping your skin healthy also helps restore elasticity.
- The Scottish shower:
For best results, alternate hot water (which helps eliminate toxins) and cold water (to tone the skin).
- Stay active:
Try to walk 30 minutes a day: we get up to ask our colleague for information instead of sending an email, we take the stairs instead of the elevator, we go down a bus stop before ours to return from work… In short, stay active and on the move all day long!
- A little exercise:
Of course, it is hardly conceivable to firm up your figure without practicing a minimum of physical exercise.
One of the most recommended sports for firming skin during weight loss is swimming. When swimming, we work all the areas that tend to relax (arms, stomach, buttocks, chest).
- Jump rope:
Start with exercises with a low level of difficulty. As time goes on and your fitness improves, you can increase both the intensity and the number of repetitions.
- Do weight training:
Regular strength training is one of the most effective ways to build muscle mass in young people and older adults. Besides helping you burn more calories, increasing muscle mass can also help improve the appearance of sagging skin.
- Drink a lot of water :
It is not a question of having to drink 2 liters or more of water per day. It’s just about staying hydrated.
Get the right nutrients and stay hydrated:
Some nutrients are important for the production of collagen and other components of healthy skin:saine :
Adequate protein intake is vital for healthy skin, and the amino acids lysine and proline play a direct role in the production of collagen.
It is necessary for the synthesis of collagen and also helps protect the skin from sun damage.
In addition to weight loss, age, poor hydration, excessive sun exposure, and smoking can also affect the elasticity of the skin and make you look wrinkled.e.