So you just had your baby and you’re anxious to get your pre-pregnancy body back. But when you look in the mirror, you still see folds of skin on your belly, waist, and upper arms. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Loose skin after pregnancy is a challenge that many new moms face. Eventually, your body will work to revitalize itself, but there are steps you can take to speed up the recovery process. To help you achieve a speedy recovery, we’ve created a guide detailing the six best ways to restore and rejuvenate loose skin after pregnancy so you can get back to your pre-baby body in no time.
1. Prevent Stretch Marks While You’re Pregnant
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s certainly true when it comes to rejuvenating loose skin after pregnancy. Following the same steps that will help you prevent stretch marks during the first nine months of your pregnancy will go a long way toward keeping your skin tight after your baby is born.
We recommend a product like Mustela's Stretch Marks Prevention Cream or Stretch Marks Prevention Oil. Both products work to nourish the skin on your hips, thighs, stomach, and bust so that your skin can naturally expand and stretch without scarring. The increased elasticity these products provide makes it much easier for the skin to regain its normal shape after your baby is born.
2. Eat Healthy To Improve Skin Elasticity
Your skin gets the nutrients it needs to maintain its elasticity from the foods you eat. Unfortunately for your skin, it’s one of the last organs to receive vitamins and minerals. If you don’t get enough nutrients, your skin will become deprived of what it needs to stay soft and resilient. To promote elasticity and revitalize loose skin after pregnancy, eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables, fats, and lean protein. The vitamins and minerals in a well-balanced diet will contribute to the flexibility and health of your skin. This flexibility can help your skin return to normal after your baby is born.
Fruits and vegetables like broccoli, strawberries, and spinach provide vitamins C and A along with other healthy nutrients and minerals. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which gives your skin its firmness. Vitamin A acts as a humectant, drawing water to the surface where the moisture helps your skin remain supple.
Healthy fats like sunflower seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts contribute vitamin E and other antioxidants that work to eradicate toxins and free radicals. Lean protein like fish, chicken, and turkey supplies your body with vitamin D, which contributes to your skin’s ability to stretch.
3. Lose Weight Slowly
After your baby is born, you may be super excited to lose the weight you’ve gained over the past nine months. Keep in mind, though, that losing weight too quickly can make the problem of loose skin even worse. If you shed weight too fast, you will lose both fat and muscle. Losing muscle robs your body of its ability to maintain a tight, toned shape. Less muscle also reduces your metabolism and makes it more difficult to lose weight further down the road.
To maintain muscle tone while losing weight, we suggest incorporating weight training into your exercise routine. Don’t worry, you won’t bulk up like the boys do. For women, weight training has more of a tightening effect. Whether you do cardio, weight training, or both, aim to lose one to two pounds per week. That rate of weight loss makes for a much healthier body and is sustainable over the long term. It may not seem like much at first, but it will add up over time.
4. Treat Stretch Marks To Rejuvenate Loose Skin After Pregnancy
If you’ve worked to prevent stretch marks during your pregnancy, you’re well-prepared to combat loose skin postpartum. That being said, you may still have to deal with small lines and skin discolorations after your baby is born. Don’t get disheartened, though. All the work that you put into preventing stretch marks while you were pregnant will make your recovery a lot easier.
In the months after your baby is born, your hormones will change again like they did when you first got pregnant. The chemistry in your skin will change too. Because of these changes, what worked for you while you were pregnant might not work after you give birth. That’s why you need a product like Mustela's Stretch Marks Recovery Serum that is specially formulated to heal and restore postpartum skin. Ingredients like avocado peptides and Elastoregulator® will improve your skin’s elasticity and leave it feeling soft, supple, and comfortable.
5. Stay Hydrated
Treating loose skin after pregnancy is all about promoting and maintaining elasticity. That elasticity depends, in large part, on staying hydrated. And the only way to stay hydrated properly is to drink at least eight cups of water every day. In addition to keeping your skin elastic, drinking water helps your body burn calories and reduces water retention in your abdomen. All these things together can make the appearance of loose skin less noticeable.
You can also help keep your skin hydrated by applying a product like Mustela's Soothing Moisturizing Balm. Natural ingredients like glycerin and ceramides moisturize dry skin, reinforce your skin’s elasticity, and leave skin looking and feeling younger. The hydration also contributes to your body’s natural ability to restore and tighten loose skin. That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water and apply a moisturizing balm every day.
6. Apply A Skin Firming Product Every Day
The firmness of your skin depends, in large part, on the underlying muscle. The muscle provides support and works to pull the skin tight. That’s why it’s so important to strengthen those muscles with exercise. But you can also increase skin tone by working from the outside in. The best way to do this is to apply a skin-firming product like Mustela's Body Firming Gel or Bust Firming Serum. Natural ingredients in these products work together to supercharge rejuvenation and recovery. For example, centella asiatica increases tone and improves firmness of loose skin. Peptides promote elasticity and relieve tightness caused by stretching. Sophora japonica helps to visibly remodel body contours after childbirth.
We recommend massaging the firming gel or serum into your stomach, hips, thighs, and bust twice a day. Do this for one month to help rejuvenate and reduce loose skin.