The two most important things to keep the skin plump and flexible are collagen and elastin.
Losing weight slowly will also help the skin slowly adjust to your body changing shape. The 21 Day Kick Start Challenge shows you how to eat healthily and include all the right foods into your diet and lose weight the right way and keep it off.
Try to include these foods in your diet to help with storing collagen and elastin
Protein rich foods such as cottage cheese, milk, tofu, beans, seeds, nuts, legumes and fish all contain collagen and elastin forming components and oil that help with maintaining healthy skin. Tip – Try to consume 100 – 200 calories of these proteins straight after your workout for best absorption. For a quick, easy and delicious way to boost your protein intake, try our Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder!
Vitamin C helps trigger the collagen production. You need to consume 75-90mg of vitamin c daily. For example a orange provides 32mg of vitamin C and also contains small amounts of zinc and selenium which are nutrients that help improve the elastin production.
Try Add Morning Fruits to your shake.
Other vitamin c veggies are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, daikon radishes, rutabagas, broccoli and watercress. For example one cup of broccoli contains 81.2mg of vitamin c, 0.37mg of zinc and 2.3mcg of selenium which are all nutrients needed for elastin and collagen production. Also try capsicums as they are high in vitamin c containing 119.8mg per cup which is far more than the recommended daily intake.
Stay hydrated and drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day. Water is very important for maintaining the skins elasticity so drink up! We always keep a bottle of water beside us!
3 ways to improve your skin’s elasticity and appearance
Certain things that you can do daily can help with toning the skin such as daily exfoliation using an exfoliating glove or a natural body scrub such as a coffee scrub. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells and increase the skin’s circulation.
Certain moisturisers can help with hydrating the skin such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, soy protein and vitamins C, E and A all help increase the skin’s collagen and elastin formation. Coconut oil is also a great skin moisturiser, I use the unrefined coconut oil for my cooking and body.
Avoid harsh detergents containing sulfates in soaps, shampoos and dish washing liquid, plus harsh sun exposure and chlorine as all these decrease the skins elasticity.
Exercising and including weights can help build muscle which helps tone the skin.