Waist training with a corset can definitely keep love handles at bay and even help in losing body fat when practiced consistently. But can it help secure loose skin? Below we delve into the causes behind sagging skin and how a waist trainer can offer support.
What causes loose skin?
There are many common causes of loose skin, including the following:
Weight loss. When an overweight individual sheds off a hefty amount of fat, the skin’s elasticity sometimes does not go back to its original state. This is because the body has had to expand in order to accommodate extra pounds for a long while, which promotes collagen damage and ineffective elastin fibers. Basically, the skin is not fit to snap back anymore. The more significant the weight loss, the higher the amount of saggy skin may appear as well.
Pregnancy. Similar to weight loss, the body stretches and loses elasticity in order to carry a growing baby. This is skin around the abdomen tends to become loose once a mother gives birth.
Aging. Elastic and collagen are two types of protein produced in the dermis that naturally decrease as the skin ages. This is why younger skin is firmer and tighter than those of seniors. Factors that speed up the deterioration of these proteins are:
- Exposure to UV light
- Poor nutrition
- Drinking alcohol in excessive amounts
Illness. There are certain medical conditions of which sagging skin is a symptom of, such as a type of lymphoma or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
How to treat loose skin?
Modern technology now offers multiple ways to reduce or totally eliminate sagging skin. However, how effective the treatments would be will depend on a few factors, such as:
- Which areas are affected
- How significant the amount of sagging is
- How much of it you feel you want to reduce
Regular exercise. Exercising can definitely help in reducing loose skin brought about by moderate weight loss and/ or pregnancy. The science behind it is that the more one builds muscle mass, the tighter the skin gets. Be sure to perform workout routines that target the affected areas.
Bonus tip: Utilizing a waist trainer during these sessions will not only add weight support, but can also compress the skin to a mold.
Oral supplements. Safe and natural supplements that contain collagen and hyaluronic acid can help target loose skin caused by aging.
Topical medication. Certain lotions, creams, and serums containing retinol are known to enhance elasticity around the face, and most especially near the eyes. Some of the prescription versions even boost the production of collagen.
Changes in lifestyle. Keeping your skin tight and firm is as easy as staying hydrated, applying sunscreen, and reducing (or stopping) vices such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
Non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments. Laser therapy, laser resurfacing/ peeling, and micro focused ultrasound (MFU) all help with more moderate levels of loose skin.
Surgical procedures. For extremely loose skin, sometimes surgery is the only solution left to try out. These include tummy tucks, face lifts, arm lifts, neck lifts, and all other types of lifts.
Using a waist trainer. Waist training can greatly help in making the skin appear more toned. This is because the compression a garment offers promotes thermal activity, which improves circulation and perspiration – two important factors in skin health. The sweat helps keep the hydration while proper circulation eliminates toxins – this combination makes your skin healthier, fuller, and firmer.
Waist training not only has long term effects, it can also instantly make you feel more comfortable in your own skin by temporarily concealing any hanging areas and holding everything in place. With more confidence, you will naturally have a better mood and healthier interactions, offering a holistic solution to sagging skin.
Recommended for waist training
The Everyday Waist Trainer – Best for daily waist training and compression
The Gym Compression Band – Best for working out
The Classic Corset – Best for special occasions