Skin Tips

This week’s question is from Anonymouse who can be found at Anonymouse Weighs In.

Dear Lady Shanny,

Are you having any problems with loose skin since you’ve lost so much weight so quickly?  If not, what do you attribute this to?  (You have a wonderfully healthy glow in your pictures.  I assume it’s from all the walking and the good diet.)

That’s an awesome question!  (I know I say that every week, but it’s true!)

I wouldn’t say that I have a ‘problem’ with loose skin but I am certainly starting to notice some stuff.  For instance, my tummy area, which has always been a HUGE problem, is noticeably smaller and not quite as firm as it could be. 

For the most part I attribute a few things to the lack of saggy skin.

First, my age.  I am not yet 30 and I think that probably has a lot to do with it.  I specifically thought about that when I started this adventure because I know that if I were to do this after 30 I would be having to fight hard against nature.  Everything starts to change and skin is no different.  The elastic, fresh skin that we have in our 20’s is not the same skin we have after 30.  Not to say that the day after my birthday I’m going to turn into a mummy or anything, just that it is definitely easier to do this now and with less negative results.

Second, I am a huge believer in moisturizer.  After every bath or shower I moisturize.  After EVERY SINGLE ONE!  Especially in the winter, the environment can strip a lot out of your skin and it’s only in your best interest to try to counteract that.  While all creams and lotions are not created equal, all of them will provide some protection against dryness and will keep your skin cells plump and happy.  Find one you like the feel and smell of and get used to using it.  Dry skin shows more signs of aging and sagging so you want to try to avoid that where possible.

Another thing that is going to help is to tone up the areas where the loose skin is going to be an issue (upper arms, tummy, bum).  I’m finally getting behind this idea, having seen the results on someone else.  While all the walking that I do is a good thing it won’t correct all my areas.  I have recently started doing crunches (which I hate), leg raises (which make me laugh) and pushup (which I suck at…notice I didn’t pluralize the pushup?) with the belief that while I won’t notice anything right away, I am actually doing something good for myself that I will notice and appreciate down the road (sort of like preventative maintenance).

And finally, drink water!  While moisturizer keeps your skin cells plump and happy from the outside, water does the same and more from the inside.  You don’t want those cells to become dehydrated (except the fat cells, those can deflate!).  Drinking water also flushes away toxins and environmental detritus from your skin which keeps it happier and healthier.

All of the information above is what I believe has worked for me.  Admittedly I did not hold a massive quantity of weight for a really long time and so while the suggestions above really will benefit anyone, there are limits to what you can expect.

As far as the glow?  I think it has to do with all the points above as well as the exercise.  Sweating daily helps your skin purge toxins and renew itself.  I have always had issues with my skin, from redness on my face to excema and if there is one thing I can say it’s that losing the weight and finding exercise has cleared up those conditions for the most part.  I also tend to steer clear of overly processed foods and do try to get as much whole food as I can.  Oranges, apples, bananas, strawberries, brocoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, peas, chicken, fish, ground beef, whole grain breads and cereals, goat-based dairy where possible and soy products are mostly what I tend towards.  These are things that your body is meant to process and as such do not leave behind any residue in your system that your organs (skin included) then have to figure out how to deal with and get rid of.  Any time your body has to get rid of chemicals and residue, what doesn’t come out in the bathroom comes out through your skin!  The less of that you eat, the happier your skin can be.  And happy skin is glowy skin!

That’s it, you now have all my secrets!  Enjoy….and moisturize!

6 Comments

  1. Bev said,

    February 2, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Oh to be 30 again!
    For all the young women out there, a word of advice that I remind my daughters of often: Moisturize your throat and neck area on a daily basis. ‘Turkey neck’ will give away your age faster than anything else.

  2. Lady Shanny said,

    February 2, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I’M NOT 30 YET!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Marueze said,

    February 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    LOL, I never thought I would wish to be 40 again. LOL.

    All the above information is truly sound advice.

  4. Princessdarcys said,

    February 2, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    No offense, but I have never EVER heard you say to moisturize your throat and neck… in fact you and I have NEVER had any conversation about moisturizing, moisturizers or moisture…. maybe it was the other one?

  5. Anonymouse said,

    February 3, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for answering my question, Lady Shanny! I’m so glad that you’re not having problems with loose skin and that you are taking care of your health while you’re still young. It is so sad to see those women on TV who lose massive amounts of weight and then have to undergo painful surgery to remove the excess skin.

  6. madmargaret said,

    February 17, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Hey Shanny — what moisturizer do you use? I’m not sure what to try and would love to know what you prefer!!


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