As we go through life, all of us are bound to experience some weight fluctuations at one time or another. Sometimes, these fluctuations can result in a little flabbiness or cellulite. These features usually appear under you arms, at the abdomen, on your thighs, around your neck and elsewhere. Aging can also cause skin to become droopy or saggy in certain areas, especially around the face and neck.
Consume the Right Foods Collagen and Vitamin C are some of the most important nutrients your body needs to tighten loose skin. Collagen is a type of protein that binds muscle cells together and keeps it firm and bouncy. Therefore, the more collagen a skin has, the firmer it will be. Sources of collagen include soy milk and soy products like tofu. Foods rich in Vitamin C and Omega fatty acids also encourage the production of collagen, so consume lots of fruits, vegetables and fresh fish to get these nutrients.
Use Natural Oils Plant-based oils are some of the best firming agents available. Plus they’re generally safe and produce no unwanted side effects like allergic rashes. Grape seed, olive, mustard and jojoba oils have been proven to be beneficial for sagging skin and cellulite. It should be easy to find a suitable lotion to firm your body which contain these natural oils, so be sure to look up the ingredients to ensure that they’re present. Many of these oils contain anti-oxidants and omega fatty acids that are essential to encourage the production of firming proteins.
Scrub Away Dead Skin Cells Scrubbing away old and dead skin cells from the surface of sagging skin allows newer, younger and firmer skin cells to grow at a faster rate. You can use commercially available scrubs, or use your own homemade versions. The easiest and safest scrub can be made by adding some natural oils to sugar and then scrubbing this on the affected area. Another scrub you can make is to produce a paste using baking soda and water. Apply this paste to the loose skin and leave it there for at least 15 minutes before washing off.
Apply Natural Astringents Astringents are materials that can cause your skin to shrink and constrict by tightening pores and thereby making your skin firmer. Natural astringents include lemon juice, witch hazel, sage, honey and rosemary. Apply them regularly on your body and you’ll be able to see smoother and firmer skin in no time.
Change Your Lifestyle Changing some unhealthy habits can have a big impact on how fast the treatments above work. Essentially, if you maintain a healthier lifestyle, then whatever creams, lotions, oils and scrubs you use will have increased efficacy. Some of these healthy habits include getting enough sleep, drinking the minimum 8 glasses of water daily, avoiding fast food or junk food, exercising and reducing stress.
Don’t let saggy skin and cellulite get you down and discouraged. These are merely your skin’s natural features that can be easily remedied. Remember that you’re always beautiful on the inside and out, so be proud of yourself and your skin.