Saggy skin is one of the facts of life that nobody really tends to appreciate. It is often the result of a variety of causes, including significant weight loss or the natural aging process. Despite the fact that many people have saved their own lives by going through the effort of significant weight loss they often end up with saggy skin problems that can be equally as devastating on a social scale. Aging happens to us all, but it’s a much nicer process when it can happen slowly and gracefully.
Dealing with issues of saggy skin start by accurately identifying the causes and then taking steps to remedy the situation. While it is easier to prevent saggy skin than it is to treat it, you do have some options. Your treatment choice will depend on the degree of the problem as well as your overall budget coupled with how important it is to you to deal with the problem.
Identify the Cause of Saggy Skin
In many cases the causative factors of saggy skin are quite easy to recognize. For instance, there is usually a section around the middle that remains saggy well after a woman has given birth. This is due to the obvious stretching of the skin during pregnancy. Sometimes the causative factors are not as easy to identify. For instance, a woman in her 60s who has just lost about 30 pounds due to a weight loss diet can end up with saggy skin. Is the cause the weight loss or the fact that she is over 60 years of age?
For the latter example, a quick historical examination can be helpful. If the sagging appeared over the period of time that the weight loss occurred but was not previously sagging then chances are that the skin is showing signs of sagging due to the weight loss. This would be especially true if the weight loss was the result of a diet that did not include muscle building exercise.
Believe it or not building up the muscle under the skin can help reduce sagging. In mild cases of saggy skin this can often be enough to reduce the sagging to a nearly unnoticeable degree. Muscle under the skin can decrease the problem because it holds its shape much better than fat and is more apt to fire under normal daily activity.
Physical activity might not be enough. Small weights and muscle building exercises are often required to help improve the look of sagging skin. If you start an exercise program that is designed to contribute to your overall muscle mass, try to build the longer, leaner muscles through programs such as Pilates rather than bulkier muscles that come from weight lifting repetitions.
Amino acids are essential to anyone’s healthy diet and are especially essential to helping to improve the overall look and texture of the skin. There are 28 amino acids that are supposed to be included in a daily diet, and most of us do not receive enough of these acids through food. Thus, individual supplementation that provides amino acids can help the skin repair itself, tighten, and build the muscle under the skin.
Amino acids work by adhering to other elements in the body. Without these acids the body can not perform some of its most basic and simplest of functions. Some of these essential nutrients are the key to skin repair, moisture and flexibility retention, and muscle development. Adding additional supplements like flaxseed oil and Vitamin B as well as a very potent Vitamin C regimen can also provide your body with the raw materials for helping skin retain its shape.
There are over the counter products that can be very helpful for tightening saggy skin. Many of these products come in the form of a lotion or a serum and can help improve the skin’s ability to develop its own “bounce back.” You don’t want to over use these products, but apply them liberally two to three times per day.
Using collagen building lotions and products can be highly beneficial. Collagen is the main skin nutrient that keeps it tighter, fresher, and younger. The body produces less collagen over time, and thus by the time you are in your 30s you are losing the ability to produce ample collagen.
Retinol products can also help build new cells to help improve the look of sagging skin. These products are designed much like collagen products to target the cells of the skin and speed up the rate of cellular turn over. Retinol products are generally recommended for the facial skin while collagen products are often recommended for all over body use.
Sometimes the only option you really have is a surgical option for reducing the look of saggy skin. Whether the problem is your facial skin or you are experiencing sagging throughout your entire body, surgical options do not come without risk. Most people who go through surgery to tighten saggy skin are happy they did it and are pleased with the results.
The skin of the body can often be folded under itself and then removed if the sagging is due to weight loss. Facial skin can be helped often through a face lift or other cosmetic but less invasive procedures. There are new procedures developed all the time to help counteract the problem of sagging skin along the face.
Increasing Your Self Care
While most people will want to do what they can to improve the appearance of sagging skin it is also essential that you take the responsibility of self care seriously. If you’re smoking cigarettes or any other kind of tobacco you will only prevent the treatment options from fully working. If you’re not exercising, getting out, and living a healthy lifestyle you will most likely find that you are frustrated with the lack of progress. Self progress includes things like smiling. Studies show that people who smile a lot actually have fewer facial wrinkles, which is often part of sagging skin.
Give your body the full attention it deserves and you will help to accelerate the process of treating sagging skin. Many people have successfully turned toward alternative therapies like touch therapy, massage therapy, and body work to help improve the body’s natural ability to repair itself.
Use ample sun protection when going out doors. While we all know the sun can damage the skin and cause wrinkles, it can also increase the sagginess that you’re working to avoid. If you are out in the sun for more than an hour, reapply the protection you are using and be sure you are using protection with a high level of SPF. Taking your body’s care seriously will help improve the skin’s ability to repair damaged cells.
Include antioxidants in your diet to help improve the reduction of free radicals, which are responsible (at least in part) for skin damage. Super foods can be very helpful when you are trying to improve the healthy cell turnover and create a stronger foundation for your skin’s renewal. Every time you take a step toward a healthy lifestyle you will be helping the products, surgical procedures, and other treatment options work to their fullest extent.