One of the biggest challenges you may face after losing weight is tightening the excess skin that is left behind after all of the fat has been burnt away. Sagging skin can also result from deteriorated muscle mass.
Several different methods can be used to coax your skin back into shape. However, many of these methods require surgery. Fortunately, there are herbs and spices that can be used to make skin-tightening masks and scrubs that may significantly help tighten your skin, allowing you to avoid costly surgery and harsh chemical treatments. Items from your pantry, such as rosemary, mountain ash, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, can be used to tighten and refresh skin along the arms, neck, face and belly.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Fresh turmeric
- Fresh ginger
- Salt or sugar
Try this turmeric and cinnamon exfoliating scrub before applying any type of topical skin treatment. Mix 2 tsp turmeric with cinnamon, olive oil and salt (or sugar for dry skin). Turmeric helps tighten the skin, cinnamon energises the skins and promotes collagen production while the other ingredients remove dead skin cells and moisturise.
Grind fresh ginger into a pulpy paste and add crushed anise seed or anise essential oil. Dilute the mixture with honey until a desired consistency is reached. Smooth the paste over skin for 10 to 15 minutes. In addition, www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com, an International Magazine of Cosmetic Technology, recommends seeking out products that contain organic herbs such as mountain ash and rosemary, which are both known for their stimulating and tightening properties.
Tone up with an herbal toner. Toners, most notably known for facial use, can be applied to other areas of the body as well. Upper arms, neck and chest are all susceptible to wrinkling and gathering loose skin. These areas also respond well to toner. Seek products with tea tree oil for body care toners.
Tips and warnings
- Turmeric and cinnamon are natural herbs that generate skin tightening through topical treatments. However, both can be incorporated into a healthy diet to enhance their effects.
- Turmeric can stain extremely fair skin with repeated use.