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Thanks for posting this question because I've always wondered too! Keep the suggestions coming everyone!!! I know that I sure appreciate it!
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After I get out of the shower I rub myself down with Vitamin E oil and Palmer Coco butter oil (WalMart). Don't know if it will really work in the long run, but I've tried several lotions and none leave my skin as moisturized as the oils do. I've also been told massaging helps, though I don't know the scientific reasoning...
Edited by: STEPHANALILLEY at: 6/15/2012 (01:31)
Nothing will change if you change nothing...
Ingesting collagen isn't going to help collagen in your skin. Collagen and elastin are cells alive and present in your skin, and as you age they have a harder time regrowing and reforming. At the same time, they can only do so much for skin bounce back in extreme cases such as obesity.
Regaining collage and elastin isn't really that hard in theory. You can instigate growth of them just by smacking your skin, but you don't really want to do that every day (but it can't hurt... except that it's pain in the physical sense xd). That's the basis behind procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Damage of the skin will jump start the collagen/elastin creation cycle (as well as regular cell turn over rate which slows as you age as well). These procedures will of course be more effective than just smacking yourself. I can't speak to their efficacy in terms of body skin re-bound. But it might be worth looking in to, maybe? I'm a licensed Esthetician, but I really didn't learn anything about that in school.
Really tho, I'd just save my pennies and get the surgery.
Bone broth has collagen in it, which is supposed to be good for your skin. Maybe that would be helpful? I'm not far enough along to have experience with whether it works or not yet.
You can make it pretty easily. Make a roast chicken. Save the bones when you're done with it. Throw the bones in the crock pot with a lot of liquid and a little bit of lemon juice and simmer for a long time (the longer, the better... up to about a day). When it's done, save the liquid in canning jars or whatever you have available. You can use the broth to make soups, rice, or other recipes with.
The biggest factors regarding bounce-back with skin are:
Age and how long you've been overweight. The older one is, the less elasticity there is to one's skin. The longer one has been overweight, the more difficult it is to have one's skin bounce-back as well.
Toning ourselves with strength training can offer *some* offset to this. I am skeptical regarding any noticeable benefits of potions and lotions. Many companies are out there looking to fleece you along those lines.
And even after all is said and done: would I EVER consider trading in my saggy-baggies for all those extra pounds...?
Not on your life! :-)
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I know we are all on the bigger side of life and I know as I lose weight my skin may not rebound as well. If I had all the money in the world I could have surgery to fix that. But I am looking for any alternatives to help skin rebound. I have been using skin firming lotion (Suave, Jergins, Nivea)
Does anyone have any other suggestions?
What have you done that helps you?
I figure if I keep my skin moisturized as I lose the weight maybe it won't be so bad.
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