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How To Tighten Skin After Losing Weight

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    Loose skinis a common problem after weightloss, but there are things that can be done to minimize the chances of havingloose skin. If you are planning on losing a large amount of weight, these tipswill help you to avoid the loose skin problem.

    Lose Weight Slowly

    One of the most important things you can do to prevent loose skin whilelosing weight is to lose the weight slowly. It’s tempting to want to loseweight as quickly as possible, but this doesn’t give the skin time to adjust tothe weight loss. Limiting weight loss to no more than a pound or two per weekwill go a long way in preventing the loose skin condition.

    Dry Brush

    Gently brush the skin with a soft boar bristle brush prior to bathing orshowering. This will not only feel great and help to exfoliate your skin, butit will increase the circulation in your skin. This increased circulation willhelp bring vital nutrients to the skin and improve the quality of collagen andelastin, which will improve the skins ability to bounce back following weightloss.

    Balanced Diet

    Make sure that you’re eating a balanced diet with adequate protein.Protein is important for skin elasticity. The body cannot do without sufficientprotein. Crash dieting will force the body to cannibalize itself and rob itsstores of protein, including collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein inthe body and its degradation will lead to loose skin and wrinkles as well asmore serious heath conditions.
    It’s also important to get enough antioxidants and healthy oils in yourdiet. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy nuts and oils will help tokeep your skin in tip-top shape when dieting.

    Multivitamins

    When cutting calories sometimes it’s hard to know if you are getting allthe nutrients needed to maintain proper health. Taking a multivitamin will helpto ensure that you’re not missing any essential nutrients. Make certain thatthe multivitamin you choose includes vitamins C, A, E and K as well as theB-complex vitamins. These vitamins are all important to skin health. Choose a formulathat includes minerals as well. Selenium, copper and zinc are minerals that arevital to healthy skin.
    Some vitamins formulated specifically for skin health and beauty will alsoinclude nutrients like alpha-lipoic acid, DMEA, MSM and hyaluronic acid.

    Weekly Massage

    Getting frequent massages that utilize effleurage movements, a techniquethat helps to improve skin circulation, is a great way to maintain skin health.There are also techniques that can help to smooth cellulite if that is aconcern. If getting a professional massage isn't for you, there are manymassage techniques that are great for the skin that you can do yourself. Use agood quality lotion or oil and focus on stimulating the blood flow so that theskin's surface will feel rejuvenated.

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