When we lose weight, and here we're talking about A LOT of weight, our skin sometimes becomes loose and wobbly. The reason is our skin is an incredibly elastic living organ. You heard us. It is comprised of cells and happens to be very flexible.
Therefore, when we lose weight very quickly, the skin needs time to adjust to the new body shape. This is a slow process and can take up to a year or so to become tight. So, the first thing to do when you notice loose skin is to NOT PANIC. Yes! The skin will eventually adjust to the body shape, therefore, there is no need to worry yourself. However, since the natural way of skin tightening is pretty slow and can get on one's nerves, here are a couple of things that you can do in order to fasten things up a little:
Don't Lose Weight Too Quickly:
I think this one's pretty obvious if you have read the previous paragraph. Excessive amount of exercise and tons of crash diets can certainly help you in losing weight in a month, but all this won't give your skin enough time to tighten up a little. The best way is to schedule your weight loss in a way that you lose about 1-2 pounds (or 0.5-1 kg) a week. This schedule is not only healthy for you in the long run, but will also let your skin adjust to your body type peacefully.
Take Care of Your Skin:
Taking care of the skin is very important. Daily exfoliation will help in removing the dead skin cells and will also increase blood circulation. If you can, try to have a hot bath with sea salts and minerals, this will improve your skin tone. You can also find some really good skin tightening creams that have ingredients like aloe vera, yeast extract, soy protein, hyaluronic acid, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C, etc. These ingredients can help in increasing the collagen and elastin formation in the skin and can also help in hydrating the skin.
Whatever you do to your skin, just make sure you stay away from harsh detergents like sulfates in shampoos and soaps and also limit your exposure to very hot and chlorinated water. All these things lead to decrease in elasticity of your skin and that would be the last thing you would want right now.
Last but not the least, eat properly. You are what you eat and if you want to have a skin that is fresh and elastic, you need to make sure that you consume enough elastin and collagen. Increase the intake of protein rich foods such as milk, cheese, nuts, seeds, fish, tofu and anything that contains collagen and elastin-forming components.
A Quick Note:
If all this doesn't work, then what should you do?
If you just got fat and then lost weight, then these tips might work you. However, in cases, where you have carried a hundred or more pounds for years, then there is a possibility that all this might not work for you. In that case, you might have to go for a surgery. But, we would advise to first try out all these tips before jumping to the decision of having a surgery.