How to Tighten Loose Skin After Pregnancy or Weightloss

Ok, I am not going to lie to you.

There is no way physically to manipulate to tighten your skin. Your skin, depending on its elasticity, actually retracts on its own. If you have more flexibility, your skin will tighten up quicker. If you have less, than it can take some time; years, maybe even months to get back to where you were. If your skin stretched immensely beyond its means, then surgery may be the best option for you.

However, there are some great ways to build the muscle underneath the skin to give a more toned appearance.

Here’s what I learned about tightening loose skin after significant weight loss (read: pregnancy).
1. Get rid of those pesky baby pounds.
The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight, and the less elastic our skin becomes. So pack up the baby and go for a walk every day.

2. Once you’re back into shape, start a course of strength training at the gym.
Not only is it a great way to get some “me” time, putting muscle on underneath the sagging baby skin can help you tone up and tighten up that pesky loose skin.

3. This should go without saying, but don’t do any fad diets to lose weight.
You’ll often lose weight too quickly and gain it back once you can no longer adhere to the whole “no carbs for the rest of your life,” thing.

4. Lose pounds slow and steady rather than by starving yourself.
Our skin’s elastic properties tighten more effectively when weight loss is gradual and not dramatic. For some women, the weight falls off quickly-others, not so much. Everyone has their own pace so listen to your body and follow yours!

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