Congratulations on the birth of your little angel!
Now that you’ve successfully handled the pressures and difficulties of a nine-month pregnancy, you can see that you have surely changed in many ways.
On the downside, you skin has perhaps suffered the most. You may have stretch marks as well as loose skin, which can be quite frustrating to deal with.
Due to the growing baby inside your womb, the skin around your abdomen stretches a lot. On top of that, the weight gain during pregnancy contributes to sagging skin around your belly, waist and upper arms.
It takes time as well as patience to get rid of sagging or loose skin. Factors like your genes, bone structure and how much weight you gained will determine how fast you can get back to your prepregnancy body.
There are many simple and effective ways to restore and rejuvenate loose skin after pregnancy, so you can get back to your pre-baby body faster.
Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of loose skin after pregnancy.
1. Lose Weight Slowly
Losing weight is one of the best things you can do for your skin. But you need to focus on losing weight slowly to give your skin more time to recover and regain its elasticity.
When you lose your pregnancy weight too fast, it does not give your skin time to recover. Moreover, losing weight too fast means you will start losing both fat and muscle. Losing muscle will make the problem of loose skin even worse. Muscle is needed to maintain a tight, toned body.
Also, losing muscle quickly will lower your metabolism, which undermines your weight loss efforts.
When it comes to weight loss, your goal should be to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.
2. Exercise Regularly
Your body may be weak after delivery, but you must start exercising as soon as your body is ready. There is no need to exert yourself, though. You can start doing simple exercises like taking walks with your baby around your neighborhood or some easy yoga poses and squats.
Once your doctor gives the green light regarding your health, you should focus on strength training. Opt for exercises that work the tummy directly, such as sit-ups, planks, bicycle crunches and side bridges.
Along with strength training, cardio exercises will help get rid of the fat under your skin, leaving it tighter and firmer.
If going to the gym is not possible with a newborn baby to take care of, try to make time to run, bike, swim or dance to lose fat and make your skin tighter and more beautiful.
3. Do Daily Oil Massages
Massage your loose skin daily with some nourishing oil to increase blood circulation. Good blood circulation promotes firm and smooth skin. For best results, do the massage just before your bath, then use lukewarm water to bathe.
Plus, regularly massaging with oil will help improve your skin tone and texture by keeping it well-moisturized.
- Apply some warm olive oil or coconut oil on your loose skin. Using gentle yet firm strokes, massage the oil around on your skin.
- Another option is to mix a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil in 2 tablespoons of almond oil and use this blend to massage your skin to help tighten your skin. Almond oil is also good for reducing stretch marks.
Follow either of these remedies once or twice daily for several weeks.
4. Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has natural skin-tightening properties that can help get rid of loose skin post-delivery. The malic acid in aloe vera helps improve skin elasticity. Plus, it is a gentle moisturizer for your skin without making it greasy.
- Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf.
- Smear it on the affected skin.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Do this once daily.
5. Use Rose Water
Once your child is born, you may not have much time to take care of your skin. One easy trick to tighten your skin is using rose water.
Rose water is a natural astringent, thus it is a great toner and helps tighten loose skin. Plus, it gives you clear and glowing skin.
- Rub some rose water on the affected skin before going to bed.
- Another option is to mix 1 cup of rose water with 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice and almond oil. Rub it on the loose skin and massage gently. Do it a few times a week.
6. Breastfeed Your Baby
Deciding to breastfeed your baby is a healthy choice for your child as well as you.
Breast milk is a healthy source of nutrition for your baby, which helps in both physical and mental development.
At the same time, the act of breastfeeding helps burn calories, thus helping you lose the extra fat. Losing weight will in turn help tighten your skin.