How to Tighten Loose Skin
Well, at least how to hide loose skin.
Look, I know there are thousands of people out there looking to find out how to tighten loose skin. I receive at least half a dozen e-mails a day from folks looking for a fix, any kind of fix, for their loose skin.
Here’s one I got yesterday from Joyce in Maryland:
I know I’ve read in your blog that you were going to start playing sports. I just started softball. While I am a slow runner as it is, I’m also inhibited by the jostling around of my skin and smooshy fat on my stomach (i’m down about 200 lbs so far). Have you encountered this same problem? I’ve tried a spandex like shirt, but even that doesn’t hold me in so well, and now that summer is here, it makes things so hot.
Do you have any advice?
I do. It involves hiding the loose skin though, not necessarily tightening it. Other than surgery, you can’t do anything to tighten loose skin. It’s as simple as that. Creams, potions, lotions… none of them work.
What works for tightening loose skin that doesn’t involve surgery?
- Replacing fat with muscle
Those are your options, regardless what advertisement you saw telling you otherwise. And while loose skin will tighten over time and you can “fill in” your skin with muscle, depending on your age and amount of weight loss you may not be able to completely tighten your loose skin.
That leaves us with hiding it.
It’s interesting that Joyce mentioned softball and loose skin — I had the same problem until I found something called a compression heatgear t-shirt:
It’s a tight shirt that you can wear underneath your normal clothes. It’s not suffocating, doesn’t itch, and is barely noticeable. It “holds” your loose skin against your body. I bought one of these (white) after my wife had mentioned during one of my first softball practices that my loose skin “jiggles.” I only use to wear loose t-shirts to the gym before I bought this, but now this is always on underneath before I hit the treadmill.
I highly recommend it.
Another big plus, and the reason I’d assume it’s called “heatgear,” is that these shirts keep you extremely cool. I don’t know how the fabric works (it’s a mix between cotton and spandex, it’s feels groovy), but it can be 90-degrees and when I wear this shirt my skin is cool and free of sweat.
So, there’s the good news and the bad. The bad news is that there is no secret product or advice out there that is going to help you tighten your loose skin.
The good news is that you can hide it for the time being.