If you have recently been pregnant or managed to lose a lot of weight, the toll on your body may still be showing. Injury, illness, pregnancy and excess weight affects our skin in many ways. In fact, our skin may still be showing signs of changes within us on the outside.
Injuries can cause the joint to swell with fluid. This stretches the skin and adds to the pain as we are healing. Illness too can leave us bloated or dehydrated. The skin gives us away every time and is a good way for a medical professional to determine if something is wrong with us. When we are pregnant, the skin has to stretch considerably over a short period, and can become damaged. Equally, when we lose weight quickly such as when we diet or give birth, the skin does not recover quickly, if at all.
Damage to the surface of the skin from acne, insect bites, cuts, burns and grazes also take their toll on the quality and appearance of our skin. Our skin is an amazing organ, protecting us in many ways every day, but all that hard work can leave its marks. Nobody wants to see anything but flawless skin, so when our skin is marked, we feel obliged to hide it.
There are ways you can look after your skin to prevent permanent damage and marks. Keep hydrated inside, and moisturise your skin on the outside. Eat well, so your skin cells are fully nourished from your diet. The younger your skin is, the easier it is for it to heal. Elasticity is key for some marks like stretch marks. Treatments like TriLastin-SR stretch mark cream can help improve the appearance of this kind of marking.
If you are thinking of having a baby, you may want to get a head start and protect your skin. Start a rigorous buffing and moisturising routine around your belly and hips. You will get bigger, but you can help your skin stay as elastic as possible by keeping it hydrated and rejuvenating the skin with gentle buffing. Perhaps you are considering a drastic diet or slimming surgery. You may also want to start a similar routine to keep the skin looking refreshed as what is underneath starts to shrink away.
Substantial excess skin may need to be surgically removed, but this is rare. Instead, look after your skin, and keep in mind, it may look a little deflated for a while. Some new moms who have stretch marks after pregnancy feel proud that they have earned their ‘stripes’ through their pregnancy. This is a positive approach to natural processes that may permanently leave a mark on your body. There is no need to feel ashamed.
If you are looking for a solution to sagging skin or skin that is marked, you may want to try surgery. Alternatively, you may want to think about dressing to make the most of what you do like about your body. We all have bits we dislike, but none of us is getting any younger!