Two proteins namely collagen and elastin are responsible for keeping your skin tight and wrinkle-free. Nobody can run away from ageing. As we grow old, our skin loses its elasticity which results in the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, frown lines, and crow’s feet on face and other areas of the body as well. Even though Botox can be the easy way out, especially when someone has the financial ability to do so, there are many natural ways which are not widely known to get rid of sagging skin. Mostly because it takes time, dedication, and sacrifice. But when you try these tips, not only will you get rid of sagging skin, but your overall health will improve as well.
Skin tightening home remedies are commonly recommended as an alternative to more expensive, painful or risky procedures. For many, home remedies offer a simpler alternative to other treatments, as individuals can use simple methods from the comfort of their own homes. However, It’s important that an at-home skin tightening remedy demonstrates a proven efficacy, or effectiveness, in treating the causes of loose skin. And here are some of the remedies.
Causes of sagging skin
There are various reasons why you may have sagging skin but the most common ones are listed below.
- Exposure to sun: Your skin may become loose if you are exposed to harmful rays of the sun for long periods of time. Air pollution and toxins coming from the environment speed up the process and damage the skin elasticity, which leads to loose skin.
- Ageing: The most common cause of sagging skin is ageing. As you age, your skin starts to lose its natural elasticity. As you age, the connective tissues in your body, which link the bones and cartilages turn weak. Fat content in the body which is normally evenly distributed also loses its volume which leads to the formation of clumps, thus causing sagging skin.
- Unhealthy lifestyle: Nutrient deficiencies due to a poor diet can also impair collagen production. Lack of physical activity which leads to poor blood circulation and wrinkles also cause the skin to become loose.
Natural ways of tightening skin
1. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil, as the name suggests, is the oil derived from the flesh (the white part) of a coconut. It has become a familiar staple in many kitchens and can also be used to tighten your skin.
Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant that works to eliminate free radicals that can damage your skin. In addition, coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes your skin, which prevents sagging.
To use coconut oil as a skin tightening treatment, start with a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin for five minutes before bed. The massaging helps to push the coconut oil deeper into your skin where it can do the most good. Leave the oil on overnight for an added boost of healing.
2. Olive oil:
Before hydrating creams and moisturizing lotions, there was olive oil. The ancient Egyptians used olive oil as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent to help give their skin a radiant glow and protect them from the sun. Like many other substances on this list, olive oil is a powerful antioxidant. But it also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E that not only tightens your skin but protects it from sun damage.
After your evening shower, massage olive oil into your face, neck, and chest. Continue massaging the areas for a few minutes to help the oil penetrate your skin. Olive oil can be used every day in place of a body lotion.
3. Witch hazel oil:
Witch hazel is a plant that provides many health benefits, not least of which is to help tighten and heal aging and sun-damaged skin. Witch hazel can be purchased online or at most drug stores or health food stores. Witch hazel is most commonly used as an astringent, where it works to shrink pores and tighten skin. Witch hazel also helps to slow the breakdown of the collagen and elastin within your skin.
At night before bed, or whenever you use an astringent, soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply liberally to your face, neck, and chest. Let the witch hazel dry for five minutes. Do not rinse your skin after it has dried.
4. Pawpaw (papaya) :
Papaya contains enzymes, like pa pain, that act as a natural skin tightening treatment. Pa pain makes your skin smooth and supple because it’s rich in vitamin A and antioxidants.
It also contains vitamin C, which plays a major role in collagen synthesis and maintenance. Use papaya pulp as a face mask once per week for best results.
5. Incorporate lemon to your mask:
Whatever type of face mask you use on a daily basis, you want to add some lemon to it. Most people are aware of the brightening effects of lemon juice, but did you know it’s also an excellent option for tightening and firming up the sagging skin. It instantly keeps the skin cells protected, allowing them to fight against all signs of aging.
Let’s start with the vitamin C. This offers multiple benefits to the skin. First is through the antioxidant benefits. The vitamin C works with the immune system to fight off free radicals within the skin cells. The cells can develop and repair naturally and normally. The vitamin C will also help to improve collagen production. This instantly makes skin more flexible and supported. Collagen is essential for keeping all skin flexible. When collagen production diminishes, the skin is more likely to suffer from stretch marks and scarring.
Citric acid within lemon juice is also good for cleansing and brightening. It will get into the pores and kill off the bacteria that causes acne. Not only are you toning the skin, but you’re improving the look and feel of it.
This is one of the most affordable options, remaining highly effective and soft for all. Even those with sensitive skin can use cucumber directly on their face. You only need to chop up a couple of slices of cucumber and apply them directly to your skin. Rub in circles, even around your eyes. The juice in cucumbers will hydrate the skin, meaning that the elasticity is improved. When your skin stretches, it will bounce back quickly. Think of your skin like an elastic band. Once it stretches past its maximum point, it will tear and sag.
The cucumber juice will also help to close your pores. You’ll prevent dirt and grime getting trapped within pores throughout the day, reducing the risk of bacteria growth. Bacteria will cause acne and affect the collagen production within the skin.