Sagging skin is neither a disease nor an infirmity in itself, but it appears on the body as a result of certain drastic changes that have occurred, like when muscle size and amount of fat takes a sharp decrease. Then the skin sags, because the amount of fat or muscles held by this skin has reduced, leaving excess skin in areas where the skin was just enough.
Sagging skin is usually found on the belly, thigh, under arms and chins. But what can cause these changes that make the skin to sag?
What are the Causes of Sagging Skin?
We have mentioned earlier that sagging skin forms as a result of drastic reduction in amount of fat and muscles. But what causes these dramatic reductions and what other causes of sagging skin do we have? These causes include:
- Ageing: As we age, the size of our muscles and the amount fat of fats in parts of the body such as the face, torso, arms and thighs reduce greatly. This is not always due to a disease; it is just one of the physiological changes that occur as the body advances in age.
- Dramatic Weight Loss: When we take weight loss measures with dramatic effects, the skin will surely sag in the places where fats once occupied.
- Pregnancy: when the skin stretches over some time, it expands, and when it finally relaxes, it will definitely have grown beyond the size that it was, which will make it sag. That is the case with pregnancy, after nine months of stretching the skin of the belly, it will not return to its firm self after child-birth, it will sag.
How Do I Reduce Sagging Skin?
Now that we know what can cause the skin to sag, let’s learn how to remove sagging skin.
- First on the list is food. Food is an important part of our lives if we must live and so is eating the right types of food. In order to keep up a younger look and feel, one should try to eat food such as vegetables and fruits which are rich in anti-oxidants. Foods rich in vitamins A, C, D and E also help the skin to produce the enzyme collagen and elastin, which helps to keep the skin firm and smooth.
- Always keep your body hydrated. Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day, this helps to moisturise the body from within and help to remove metabolic waste. It is not compulsory that you drink just eight glasses of water a day, if you are a very active person or if you live in a warm climate, you will need to drink more water.
- One technique with a somewhat dramatic effect is filling up the sagging skin. Since there is a reduction in what the skin holds filling it up with muscle is a good technique. Strength training and body building exercise are very good techniques of increasing muscle. Some people use human growth hormone and dermal fillers to fill the skin, whichever way you choose to go, get the advice of you doctor.
- One thing that is not always talked about is exfoliation. Exfoliation is simply scrubbing the skin to open air pore and dead skin. This helps proper blood circulation to the skin, which means more nutrition for the skin. When the skin is properly nourished, it will keep or regain its firmness over time.
The above is not all to know about how to get rid of sagging skin. Some prefer techniques such as suction and plastic surgeries for obliterating sagging skin. Though these techniques have dramatic results, they pose more health risk to people.
The best guide against sagging skin is, don't let your skin sag at all. Once your skin sags, getting the firmness back is not something that we can do in a matter of days or weeks, except of course if you intend to take surgeries and pills which pose more health risk to you.
So live healthy while your skin is still young, you will be happy at how long your youthful look will last.