During pregnancy, weight gain and an expanding belly causes your skin to stretch, thus damaging skin elasticity and leading to loose, sagging skin post pregnancy. For many new moms, it can be hard to come to terms with these changes in their skin and body, and it can even negatively affect their self-confidence and mental well-being. It’s important to remind yourself that these changes are absolutely normal and that your body and skin need time to heal and recover. However, there are lots of ways in which you can help your skin and body heal after pregnancy.
Here are some helpful tips to help tighten loose skin post pregnancy.
1. Care for your skin properly during pregnancy too
Stretch marks and skin changes during pregnancy are unavoidable. But preventing skin damage as far as possible during your pregnancy period can be extremely helpful in the long run.
Lessen the damage caused by stretching skin during pregnancy by massaging your skin daily with a specially-formulated stretch mark oil such as the Softsens Skin Therapy Oil that boosts skin elasticity and helps improve the appearance of stretch marks, skin spots, scars, uneven skin tone and premature ageing. With vitamin-packed natural oils like jojoba, avocado and rosehip, it nourishes and conditions the skin from deep within.
2. Stay away from crash diets and go slow with exercise
It might be tempting to go on a crash diet to lose those extra pounds, but it can actually have a negative impact not just on your health but on your skin as well. Dropping weight too quickly can cause your skin to sag even further. Your body also needs essential nutrients to help regenerate skin cells, so it’simportantto eat a balanced diet at this time. Similarly, too much exercise all of a sudden can stress your body and adversely impact your health. Although it will take longer to lose your pregnancy weight, it is important to lose it in a healthy manner. This is also a more sustainable weight loss plan and will allow your body to heal slowly.
3. Start a consistent cardio routine mixed with a little strength training
To tighten loose skin after pregnancy, the type of exercise that you do is more important than how much you exercise at this time. Start off with a slow and consistent cardio routine and pair it with light strength training a few times a week. You could try doing alternate days of cardio and strength training on weekdays and give your body a break over the weekend. By doing this, you will slowly burn fat and gain muscle mass which will help firm up your loose skin over time. While this is a slow & steady process, you will notice gradual results over time. With any exercise, always get a go-ahead from your doctor first.
4. Increase your skin’s elasticity by drinking lots of water
Keeping yourself well-hydrated is so important for boosting your skin’s elasticity. Ideally, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Hydrating from the inside is not just great for your skin, but also helps reduce bloating, helps your body burn fat and has lots of other great benefits.
5. Massage skin with skin-nourishing natural oils
A regular massage with skin nourishing natural oils can actually help boost blood circulation, smoothen skin and leave it feeling a lot more nourished and healthy. Focus mostly on the stomach, hips, thighs, bottoms, breasts and upper arms. Softsens Skin Therapy Oil is a unique blend of natural oils designed to completely nourish your skin. It has Avocado oil that helps promote collagen production and retain skin elasticity; Rosehip seed oil that works to fade stretch marks, fine lines, skin pigmentation; and Jojoba seed oil that contains fatty acids and vitamins that help in skin cell regeneration.
6. Include collagen-boosting foods in your diet
Collagen is a protein in your body that’s largely responsible for the elasticity and smoothness of your skin. Eating a collagen-rich diet can help improve your skin’s firmness and overall health. Here are some collagen-boosting foods to include in your diet: bone broth, chicken, fish, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, tomatoes, beans, cashews, garlic, leafy greens, kiwis, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
7. Limit your intake of sugar and caffeine
Loading up on multiple cups of coffee and sugary treats can be tempting and easy especially when you’re sleep-deprived and tired. But limiting your intake of these ingredients can have far better effects on your skin and body, helping you look and feel better.
8. Moisturize skin daily and exfoliate once a week
Help maintain and boost your skin’s elasticity by moisturizing daily from top to toe with a deep-hydrating moisturizer. Softsens Moisturizing Body Sorbet is an ultra-light & refreshing moisturizer designed to help give you softer, smoother, healthier skin. It is packed with oils of almond, wheat germ, olive and mango butter that are rich in vitamins A, D & E, to help reduce skin damage, boost collagen formation and maintain an even skin tone. In addition to moisturizing daily, exfoliate your skin once a week with a homemade scrub made of ground coffee and coconut oil.
9. Be patient and go easy on yourself
Being a new mom can be overwhelming and truth be told, exhausting. Go easy on yourself and on your body. As hard as it may seem, try and get more sleep. Sleep is when your body works to repair itself and heal. Additionally, too much stress too can have an adverse impact on your health and skin. Try simple stress-relieving activities like listening to music, meditating, and anything else you might find relaxing.
10. Celebrate and respect the changes in your body
Your body has been through some incredible changes and is capable of amazing things. You are both strong and beautiful, Mumma! Focus on taking this time to truly care for yourself, embrace the changes and nourish your body both from inside and out.