Excess skin usually occurs in three major categories: 1.) either extreme or rapid weight loss, 2.) effects of old age or 3.) surgery. But the human body is an incredible machine with an equally incredible organ: your skin. And it can bounce back with the proper care. Here are 4 ways to do it (Remember, the key is to start early):
1. Increase your water intake.
Water, water, and more water. Drinking a lot of water not only improves your overall health, it also will help your skin become tighter, smoother, and look more radiant. Be sure to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day. If you can drink more than that, even better. Hydration is wonderful for your skin and certainly helps with its elasticity.
2. Start Getting Massages.
Who doesn’t love a massage? Head to your favorite masseuse to get weekly or biweekly massages, as they are known to help increase blood circulation that is helpful to your skin. To save money, you can have your partner do this for you. You can add your favorite essential oils diluted in a carrier oil and inhale them to reach new levels of calmness
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3. Limit Sun and Pool Exposure.
Too much time in the sun will have a negative effect on your skin’s elasticity, so limit your time sunbathing. This goes for tanning beds as well. The rays can dry out your skin and damage the skin cells at the same time. Also, limit your time swimming in chlorinated water, as the chlorine can dry out and damage skin cells. Spending a short amount of time sunbathing and swimming is alright; just be sure to shower afterward and apply a natural moisturizer that has vitamins and aloe vera included.
4. Tone To Tighten Exercises.
Chances are your belly and arms have some stretched skin if you’ve lost a lot of weight. Tightening the tummy area is much more possible if you take time a few times per week to exercise that area. Commit to toning exercises such as crunches, air bikes, leg raises, sit-ups, side bridges, arm circles and pelvic thrusts. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on these exercises either. Simply spending 15 to 20 minutes three to five days per week will help tighten your tummy, back and arm areas.
**BONUS TIP**: Be patient. Results may not come all at once. Keep a record of your progress so you know it’s happening and don’t get discouraged. The body is an amazing rejuvenating tool that can bounce back, but it does take time.
Natural Facial Masks For 5 Common Skin Problems
Head into your kitchen and whip up these natural masks for different skin issues to rejuvenate, repair and replenish the skin you’re in.
Anti-Aging: The Chocolate Mask
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons of oats
- 4 tablespoons of cream
- 1/4 cup of honey
Applied topically, chocolate can do more for you than just be a mood booster. Chocolate is also known for its abundance of anti-aging properties. It creates a boost in your body’s collagen production.
Blemishes: The Milk Mask
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons of milk
Having acne-prone skin can really get the best of you. The honey and milk combo will help kill unnecessary bacteria, while the nutmeg will provide a light exfoliator. It’s great for sensitive skin!
Dry Patches: The Brown Sugar Scrub Mask
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
Dead skin is common, especially in the cold winter months. The skin dries out and then just sits on top of your face. The brown sugar will help slough off these unwanted skin patches. The coconut oil will put moisture back into the skin. The combo of the brown sugar and oil will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and renewed.
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Enlarged Pores: The Egg White Mask
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon of orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Oily skin often goes hand in hand with having enlarged pores. Greasy skin can feel like a nightmare when you are trying everything to prevent it. The protein from the egg whites helps kill bacteria and tighten your pores. The turmeric and orange juice will work to brighten the skin leaving you with a clean face and smoother skin.
Inflammation: The Honey Mask
- 2 tablespoons of pure honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 wedge of fresh lemon
The cinnamon and lemon do a lot of work in this mask. Working to absorb any unnecessary and excess oil, the cinnamon will reduce inflammation and clear your skin of grease! The acid of the lemon helps to not only exfoliate, but lighten dark spots.