Can What You Eat Tighten Loose Skin? (The answer is Yes!)

Are you plagued by loose, sagging skin? Many of the people who visit Form and Face would say yes. For some, it’s the result of a major weight loss achievement. For others, it may simply be the consequence of ageing. Regardless of the cause, there are surgeries that can correct loose skin, such as

  • Abdominoplasty – Also known as a tummy tuck, this procedure makes the abdominal area thinner and firmer.
  • Brachioplasty – Also known as an arm lift, this procedure re-shapes and re-contours the upper arms and the connecting area of the chest wall.
  • Liposculpture – This is the use of liposuction to contour areas including thighs, buttocks, calves, and back.
  • ThighplastyAlso known as a thigh lift, this procedure removes excess fat and skin from the inner and outer thighs.
  • Gynaecomastia – A procedure to reduce excess breast tissue in men.

Today, however, we want to talk about what you can do, right now, to help restore skin firmness and possibly prevent the need for surgery in the future. What is this magical activity? It’s called “good eating.” It’s true! What you put in your mouth can affect the skin all over your body.

Here’s how…

4 Foods that Improve Skin Elasticity

A few simple alterations to your diet can deliver a big pay-off when it comes to the quality of your skin. Eat more of these tasty foods to encourage the production of collagen and elastin to keep your skin springy. It’s all about the vitamins and minerals:

  • Citrus – Citrus contains a mega-dose of vitamin C, which is tied to collagen production. Choose tangerines, and you’ll load up on Vitamin C and elastin-friendly Zinc and Selenium. Go for fruit, not fruit juice. You’ll get more tummy-filling fibre, and you’ll be less likely to over-eat.
  • Colourful capsicum – We eat with our eyes, and yellow, green, orange, and purple capsicums turn your plate into a painting full of health benefits. Like citrus, they’re loaded with Vitamin C, as well as Zinc.
  • Cruciferous Veggies – Goodies such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, radishes, and watercress load you up with fibre, as well as Vitamin C, Zinc, and Selenium.
  • Oysters – Oysters don’t contain Vitamin C, but just 75 grams of oyster goodness gives you your RDA of zinc and half your RDA of Selenium.

Top 5 Tips for Toning Skin after Weight Loss

Cardiovascular and resistance exercises are time-honoured ways to keep skin firm and toned. This is true while you’re dieting and afterwards, as well. Additionally, there are changes you can make to your relationship to food that will pay off handsomely in a variety of ways:

  • Focus on Lean Proteins – Eat protein that’s lean, and you’ll stay lean, too. Healthy proteins include fish, nuts, and white meats like chicken.
  • Choose High-Fibre Foods – Fruits, veggies, and whole grain cereals and breads will satisfy your appetite without sabotaging your skin.
  • Don’t Go Crazy with Fats – We all need some fat in our diet, but too much of it will cause extra flab and prevent skin from tightening up. When you do choose fatty foods, go for unsaturated fat sources such as olives, avocados, and canola oil.
  • Get Drunk on Water, Not Booze – Hydration keeps your body’s processes working in top form, helping skin firm up naturally. Alcohol, on the other hand, is metabolised as fat, the mortal enemy of toned skin.
  • Limit Your Sugar Intake – Sugar can promote inflammation. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, giving you saggy skin and wrinkles.

Love the Skin You’re In in Bondi Junction

At Form and Face, you’ll find the help you need to rid yourself of unwanted skin and fat. We can also help you make your skin glow with non-surgical treatments such as mesoestetic peels. We invite you to reach out to us on 02 02 9387 3800 or use our online enquiry form.

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