Raise your hand if you have loose skin after losing weight.
Ooops, bat wings, okay so maybe you don't have to raise your hand too high. Did you shave today? No one's looking, it's ok.
Raise your hand in the air like you don't care. OK, I do care. This is strictly my perspective. I know that others feel this way because I listen to women talk daily. They may not think anyone is listening, but I am very good at eavesdropping.
We all know that fat is a natural filler. Or maybe you don't know this. Oh, well except for all you skinny beyotches, but everyone does get old and when you don't have the fat fillers, wrinkles rear their ugly heads much sooner. But in all seriousness, I have plenty of thin friends who also have insecurities about their skin. They are some of my best skincare customers. I like to poke fun, but the real issue is body image & skin image. It can be so important in how we interact in this world. Skin cover's our bodies, it is the largest organ people. It is something that you CANNOT ignore. People with severe acne have been known to hide in seclusion because acne can be embarrassing. Skin issues are big time issues.
Thank goodness I've had some natural fat fillers in my face for many years, as I think it helps me look more youthful, (and pudgy) than my 49 years. I did get carded for a mojito the other day. Probably due to booze license regulations, but it did make me feel about 29 for a few minutes. WHEN I started to lose the weight that has crept on in about 10 lb increments for the last ten years, I immediately started to notice some lines and crepey skin that weren't there before. Imagine a balloon filled up for weeks and then you go to let the air out and it is all stretched out and wrinkly. YEP. It happened to me. My neck and chest for sure, and my "bat wings" started showing. RIGHT IN TIME FOR SUMMER!!!!
WHY DO WE GET LOOSE SKIN FOLLOWING WEIGHT LOSS?
The amount of time we've been overweight can play a huge factor. I gained about 10 lbs per year in a desk job over 10 years. Anxiety and depression helped me to pick thru the candy dishes on a regular basis as well. The longer someone has been overweight or obese, the looser their skin will be after weight loss due to elastin and collagen loss. OH great, see what I have to look forward to???
First and foremost, weight loss of 100 pounds or more can result in a greater amount of saggy skin than more modest weight loss. I have 100lbs to lose, but you can bet that I am going to be proactive all the way through this journey by taking care of my skin. At the end, I will tell you how...
AGE Older skin has less collagen than younger skin and tends to be looser following weight loss. If an insensitive person has ever asked you if you are your kid's grandparent and you are in your 30's or 40's, then you have probably experienced this.
GENETICS Genes may affect how your skin responds to weight gain and loss. Look at your mom and dad or grandparents for clues. I think older people are beautiful, but I'm not quite ready to embrace my aging skin. Not yet.
SUN EXPOSURE Chronic sun exposure has been shown to reduce skin's collagen and elastin production, which may contribute to loose skin. OH and not to mention the sun spots, sun damage, and possible skin cancers. I remember when my skin was smooth and clear, then years of baby oil and lack of sunscreen took it's toll.
SMOKING Smoking leads to a reduction in collagen production and damage to existing collagen, resulting in loose, sagging skin. AND have you ever seen a smoker's lips? I like to call it the drag lines from many years of taking drags off the cigarettes.
DOES LOOSE SKIN CAUSE PROBLEMS?
Heck ya, it sure can. If you have loose skin due to significant weight loss and are perfectly fine, then this won't apply to you, but some may experience physical and emotional concerns. Having body image issues for years, I know first hand that we are already our worst critic, so now add in some sagging skin and there ya go.
PHYSICAL PAIN OR DISCOMFORT Excess skin can be super uncomfortable and get in the way of daily functioning. It can actually cause some people to choose not to exercise or move more because of the way it looks and it limits moving. The skin rubs on clothing or other skin. It can be a huge distraction from getting healthy because people don't like to be stared at.
Plastic surgery isn't an option for some. It's costly and many doctors aren't willing to do any type of surgery until they've seen you try other methods first, like exercise etc.
ARE THERE WAYS TO BATTLE THIS LOOSE SKIN ISSUE?
Well, congratulations on losing the weight to begin with! You know that dietary nutrients and movement played a part in this success. Possibly you turned to a support group for help and inspiration like I have. Weight Watchers has been integral to help me track food, stay active, attend weekly support meetings and meet new people in my pro-health journey. Being a confessed skincare junkie, I also know that key nutrients and good skin care are important for the production of collagen and other components of maintaining healthy skin.
PROTEIN Protein is so important for healthy skin, and the amino acids lysine and proline play a direct role in collagen production. The WW Freestyle program is based on wonderful, healthy forms of protein rich food.
VITAMIN C is pretty important for collagen synthesis and also helps protect skin from sun damage.Getting this through diet or skincare can be key.
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish may help increase skin elasticity. I love fish, especially salmon, but there are also supplements you can take.
WATER Staying hydrated may improve your skin's appearance. Everyone and their brother carries some sort of fancy water bottle around these days. It is so important for bodily functions as well. There are skin serums that help lock in hydration as well.
I am in the zone. I am practicing healthier eating habits. I am moving more. AND I am taking great care of my skin. ALL of these things are within my control. My goal is to be one day closer to the best version of myself.
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