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SabrinaLC
Skin tightening and toning
March 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Okay, I'm sure you all have heard me complain about this before.  My tummy is raisin like and not very pretty.  I'm looking for something to help a bit as I'd rather not go the surgery route.  I'm not asking for a 100% improvement, but something to at least tone and tighten a little bit.

Someone recommended I use the Firming Creme from Arrbonne but I'm almost out and all it has really done was lighten up my stretch marks a tiny bit.  

I workout, I eat mostly fresh foods, drink lots of water, moisturize and use exfoliation scrubs.  

This is from October.  It looks pretty much the same today.  

I had someone else recommend the 'IT WORKS' firming gel.  It's fairly expensive though.  Anyone know anything about that?

Any suggestions that anyone can give are greatly appreciated!

Replies

  • SabrinaLC
    March 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    P.s. I miss you all! I have been so busy with my crochet orders that I hardly get much CafeMom time anymore.  I hope everyone is doing well! <3

  • Mama_Pollito
    March 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    a long time ago i used a toning gel with coffee and it seem to work but a run out of it and a friend had got it for me from Mexico so there is no way for me to get it again  anytime soon

  • lifeforchrist
    March 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    you can try cedarwood essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and lavendar. ALso try getting a grassfed bovine gelatin, thats wonderful for skin tone.

  • Alyson121
    March 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Maybe just give it more time.  Did you lose the baby weight fast from the last birth? I know sometimes if you don't give your skin time to catch up and readjust to losing weight it will be loose.  So maybe it just needs to catch up and shrink too . . . does that make sense? 

    Here's an ariticle i found with some good tips. 


    Loose Skin After Pregnancy: Five Ways to Lose the Flop

    Unwirklich Vin Zant
    After having my baby, I was shocked to find I still looked pregnant. Even worse, I looked like a fat girl in a fatter girl's skin with a post-partum baby belly covered in sagging skin. It was a deflated basketball and it was not pretty. I however was not about to resign to a ruined tummy as a motherhood badge of honor. I set out to find real ways to reduce loose skin after pregnancy that didn't involved a tummy tuck. Today I want to share what I found with all my fellow empty sack-totting moms.

    1. Eat to lose loose skin

    That's right, tip number one to lose that loose post-pregnancy skin is something no woman has trouble doing, eating. Nutrition has a great deal to do with skin health; this means eating the right foods can help restore your skin's health, which will help it rebound faster. You want to load up on antioxidants which help prevent damage and repair cells, essential fatty acids which are responsible for healthy cell membranes, and water which helps flush your system and speed your metabolism. Many foods are high in antioxidants including berries, vegetables, certain fruits, garlic, and even whole grains. Essential fatty acids are found in nuts, seafood and many seeds. If you'd rather not change your diet, both essential fatty acids and antioxidants can be found in pill form.

    2. Build lean body mass to tighten skin after pregnancy

    While the first thing on many new moms mind's is to lose weight, be careful to build lean body mass while you lose it. Avoid crash diets as they not only can be dangerous to your baby's health if you breast feed, but also will result in the loss of lean body mass. Muscle gives skin something to hang on to and increases metabolism, which will result in more weight loss in the end. Not to mention skin filled with muscle is far shapelier than skin filled with fat and re-toning the abdominal muscles can help reduce the appearance of that baby belly.

    3. Massage away loose skin after pregnancy

    Massage increases blood circulation to the skin, which promotes skin regeneration. Not only will massage help skin bounce back after pregnancy, but also it can help stretch marks heal. You can have your partner massage you which may also help you get back in the mood after pregnancy, or even simply use a luffa in the shower.

    4. Creams and lotions for loose skin after pregnancy

    While topical creams that are hyped up to tighten skin or eliminate stretch marks are often more hype than help, there are studies that show certain vitamins and minerals applied topically can help skin health. These include vitamin E, A, K and C, vitamin B complex, copper, zinc, hyaluronic acid and lastly the antioxidants alpha-lipioc acid, and DMAE. When searching for a cream to massage on (Yes. Combining tips, tricky.) look for any product that has the majority of these ingredients, not the one that swears to tighten your belly skin in 30 days or magically erase your stretch marks.

    5. Relax and give skin time to tighten after pregnancy

    I don't include this tip just because the skin needs time to heal after pregnancy, but because it really is a tip. Stress can affect all areas of your health that includes skin health. If you're busy stressing out over how ugly your post-baby body is, it can actually slow your weight loss and skin regeneration.

    I can't swear to you that these tips will work for you, as every woman's body is different, but I can say that they helped me.

    Sources:

    Top 10 antioxidant foods:

    http://www.crumcreek.com/library/antioxidant.html

    Why antioxidants are good for skin:

    http://www.acnerecovery.com/acne-information/acne-treatment/antioxidants.html

    Foods that contain essential fatty acids:

    http://www.mcvitamins.com/essential%20fatty%20acids.htm

    Why essential fatty acids are good for skin:

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-food?page=2

    Why water is good for skin and weight loss:

    http://www.shapeupshop.com/weightloss/water-weight-loss.html

    Why lean fat helps loose skin:

    http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

    Abdominals after pregnancy:

    http://www.befitmom.com/abdominal_reconditioning.html

    Benefits of massage for the skin:

    http://www.humantouch.com/massage-benefits.html

    Vitamins and mineral cream ingredients that help skin:

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-nutrition

    How stress affects skin:

    http://www.aad.org/media/background/factsheets/fact_stressandskin.html

    Ways to lose loose skin:

    http://www.tomvenuto.com/asktom/loose_skin_and_weight_loss.shtml

  • SabrinaLC
    March 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    oh I definitely can't do that one, I'm vegan.  Plus gelatin from animals smell disgusting.  :-/

    How do would you use the essential oils though?  Would you dilute it or just rub it on the skin?

    Quoting lifeforchrist:

    you can try cedarwood essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and lavendar. ALso try getting a grassfed bovine gelatin, thats wonderful for skin tone.


  • SabrinaLC
    March 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    well... it was my third child.  It took me 15 months after the first, 18 months after the second and then probably around 18 -24months with the third.  He'll be 3 in June.  Is that considered fast?  It definitely does make sense though, I just figure after almost 3 years, I should have some improvement, you know?  At this point I just feel like I've tried it all :-/  ::sigh::  Guess I should just keep waiting, lol


    P.s. Thanks for replying! I always love what you have to say :-)

    Quoting Alyson121:

    Maybe just give it more time.  Did you lose the baby weight fast from the last birth? I know sometimes if you don't give your skin time to catch up and readjust to losing weight it will be loose.  So maybe it just needs to catch up and shrink too . . . does that make sense? 

    Here's an ariticle i found with some good tips. 


    Loose Skin After Pregnancy: Five Ways to Lose the Flop

    Unwirklich Vin Zant
    After having my baby, I was shocked to find I still looked pregnant. Even worse, I looked like a fat girl in a fatter girl's skin with a post-partum baby belly covered in sagging skin. It was a deflated basketball and it was not pretty. I however was not about to resign to a ruined tummy as a motherhood badge of honor. I set out to find real ways to reduce loose skin after pregnancy that didn't involved a tummy tuck. Today I want to share what I found with all my fellow empty sack-totting moms.

    1. Eat to lose loose skin

    That's right, tip number one to lose that loose post-pregnancy skin is something no woman has trouble doing, eating. Nutrition has a great deal to do with skin health; this means eating the right foods can help restore your skin's health, which will help it rebound faster. You want to load up on antioxidants which help prevent damage and repair cells, essential fatty acids which are responsible for healthy cell membranes, and water which helps flush your system and speed your metabolism. Many foods are high in antioxidants including berries, vegetables, certain fruits, garlic, and even whole grains. Essential fatty acids are found in nuts, seafood and many seeds. If you'd rather not change your diet, both essential fatty acids and antioxidants can be found in pill form.

    2. Build lean body mass to tighten skin after pregnancy

    While the first thing on many new moms mind's is to lose weight, be careful to build lean body mass while you lose it. Avoid crash diets as they not only can be dangerous to your baby's health if you breast feed, but also will result in the loss of lean body mass. Muscle gives skin something to hang on to and increases metabolism, which will result in more weight loss in the end. Not to mention skin filled with muscle is far shapelier than skin filled with fat and re-toning the abdominal muscles can help reduce the appearance of that baby belly.

    3. Massage away loose skin after pregnancy

    Massage increases blood circulation to the skin, which promotes skin regeneration. Not only will massage help skin bounce back after pregnancy, but also it can help stretch marks heal. You can have your partner massage you which may also help you get back in the mood after pregnancy, or even simply use a luffa in the shower.

    4. Creams and lotions for loose skin after pregnancy

    While topical creams that are hyped up to tighten skin or eliminate stretch marks are often more hype than help, there are studies that show certain vitamins and minerals applied topically can help skin health. These include vitamin E, A, K and C, vitamin B complex, copper, zinc, hyaluronic acid and lastly the antioxidants alpha-lipioc acid, and DMAE. When searching for a cream to massage on (Yes. Combining tips, tricky.) look for any product that has the majority of these ingredients, not the one that swears to tighten your belly skin in 30 days or magically erase your stretch marks.

    5. Relax and give skin time to tighten after pregnancy

    I don't include this tip just because the skin needs time to heal after pregnancy, but because it really is a tip. Stress can affect all areas of your health that includes skin health. If you're busy stressing out over how ugly your post-baby body is, it can actually slow your weight loss and skin regeneration.

    I can't swear to you that these tips will work for you, as every woman's body is different, but I can say that they helped me.

    Sources:

    Top 10 antioxidant foods:

    http://www.crumcreek.com/library/antioxidant.html

    Why antioxidants are good for skin:

    http://www.acnerecovery.com/acne-information/acne-treatment/antioxidants.html

    Foods that contain essential fatty acids:

    http://www.mcvitamins.com/essential%20fatty%20acids.htm

    Why essential fatty acids are good for skin:

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-food?page=2

    Why water is good for skin and weight loss:

    http://www.shapeupshop.com/weightloss/water-weight-loss.html

    Why lean fat helps loose skin:

    http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

    Abdominals after pregnancy:

    http://www.befitmom.com/abdominal_reconditioning.html

    Benefits of massage for the skin:

    http://www.humantouch.com/massage-benefits.html

    Vitamins and mineral cream ingredients that help skin:

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-nutrition

    How stress affects skin:

    http://www.aad.org/media/background/factsheets/fact_stressandskin.html

    Ways to lose loose skin:

    http://www.tomvenuto.com/asktom/loose_skin_and_weight_loss.shtml


  • mypbandj
    Jen
    March 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM
    What do you crochet? I just taught myself to knit and have been knitting up a storm! LOL

    Quoting SabrinaLC:

    P.s. I miss you all!
    I have been so busy with my crochet orders that I hardly get much CafeMom time anymore.  I hope everyone is doing well! <3

  • lifeforchrist
    March 18, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    its actually said that the lack of bovine and bone broths in a diet contributes to sagging skin. So just food for thought.

    You'd get somethink like coconut oil and mix like 3 drops of which ever oil you choose and apply to the area a few times a day. Def. use grapefruit, the other two you can decide between.

    Quoting SabrinaLC:

    oh I definitely can't do that one, I'm vegan.  Plus gelatin from animals smell disgusting.  :-/

    How do would you use the essential oils though?  Would you dilute it or just rub it on the skin?

    Quoting lifeforchrist:

    you can try cedarwood essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and lavendar. ALso try getting a grassfed bovine gelatin, thats wonderful for skin tone.



  • SabrinaLC
    March 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    anything and everything, lol

    I recently finished two dinosaurs, now I'm working on a duck and a bunny

    Quoting mypbandj:

    What do you crochet? I just taught myself to knit and have been knitting up a storm! LOL

    Quoting SabrinaLC:

    P.s. I miss you all!
    I have been so busy with my crochet orders that I hardly get much CafeMom time anymore.  I hope everyone is doing well! <3


  • mypbandj
    Jen
    March 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM
    Post a pic!!

    Quoting SabrinaLC:

    anything and everything, lol

    I recently finished two dinosaurs, now I'm working on a duck and a bunny

    Quoting mypbandj:

    What do you crochet? I just taught myself to knit and have been knitting up a storm! LOL



    Quoting SabrinaLC:

    P.s. I miss you all!

    I have been so busy with my crochet orders that I hardly get much CafeMom time anymore.  I hope everyone is doing well! <3


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