If you are looking for information on how to tighten loose skin then you have come to the right place. I'd like to talk about the methods that are available for tightening up slack skin as a result of weight loss or having recently given birth or lose of muscle mass due to aging. Whatever the reason, loose skin is unappealing especially in the world that we live in today which is so image conscious. The good news is that are several methods available for safe skin tightening regardless of your age.

How to tighten loose skin

The specific cause of your loose skin is not entirely important because all loose skin is caused by, basically, the same phenomenon. What happens is that pressure is applied to the skin from beneath. In most cases this pressure is caused by added weight from an increase in fat cells. So, as people get older and add weight, they are unwittingly stretching our their skin from within. In addition when a woman gains weight while with child the same effect occurs, the skin is stretched due to the pressure exerted on it from within the body. The mechanism is the same, though the cause slightly different, when muscle atrophies.

Preventing the loss of the skin's elasticity goes a long way towards preventing loose skin in the first place. If you are an overweight person beginning a weight loss program, you should be advised that studies do indeed show that losing weight less rapidly will help the skin maintain its elasticity which will result in less loose skin once you have achieved your weight loss goal. Do not aim to loose more than 5 pounds a month in order to minimize loss of skin tightness. Although it can be temping to really turn up the pressure on a weight loss plan, you can have too much of a good thing too fast. And it is much, much easier to prevent loose skin than it is to re-tighten skin after the body has created millions of new skin cells.

In any event, if you already have loose skin you will probably be more interested in methods for tightening the skin and having it take on the elastic appearance of your youth. The good news is that there are effective treatments. These loose skin treatment options all approach the matter in the same manner. That is to say the goal is to return the tautness to the skin and to provide a desired elasticity.

The key to achieving tighter skin is to approach the problem from three corners. Those are the three corners of exercise, hydration and and exercise. You may be surprised to see hydration on this list, however studies show that drinking more than 74 ounces of water a day can replenish the skin and remove toxins responsible for stretch marks. Continuing an exercise program that focuses on the area that is most loose will help as well. For loose belly skin crunches can be effective exercises. And, eating all optimal level of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for your skin health.

Another option for tightening skin is to use a body wrap from a salon or massage therapists (they are also available online). The research on wraps suggests that they can effective in ridding the body of toxins and restoring a youthful elasticity to the skin. Though they can be pricey. The final (and most expensive) option is to have surgery to remove excess skin. This process is highly effective but it is most appropriate in people that have lost extensive amounts of weight -- more than 100 lbs -- and less appropriate for women who have recently had a baby.

Regardless it is not an exact science as options differ on how to tighten loose skin in a way that is the least invasive and most effective. But new technologies are always being introduced and I suspect that loose skin will be a much smaller problem in 50 years than it is today. In the meantime, focus on a balance of the elements that I have discussed above in order to treat loose skin naturally.