Aging or excessive weight loss leads to sagging skin ,which can have a really negative impact on a person’s self-esteem. Sagging skin is unavoidable over time, leaving many searching for solutions to firm it back up. The age old use of cocoa butter has worked for some, but for most, has made little to no change. While you can get a cosmetic procedure like a facelift to tighten your skin, the promise of youthful rejuvenation in exchange for going under the knife doesn’t always pay off. Plastic surgery is expensive and can be downright dangerous, depending on who your doctor is.
If your skin sags, rushing to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon doesn’t have to be your first and only option. Consider natural home remedies before making a life-changing and financially bound decision. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 10 natural ways to tighten sagging skin from the comfort of your own home. We’ll share with you the most effective home remedies and why they work in returning your skin back to its original firmness, with an added natural and healthy glow.
#10 – Egg Whites
Egg whites are great for tightening up sagging skin because they are a natural astringent. What does that mean? It means that egg whites cause your body tissues to contract. The main tissue that benefits from this contraction is your skin. You can also find hydro lipids in egg whites that will help your skin further, and even give your hair a bit of extra shine.
So you have egg whites, what exactly are you supposed to do with them? Whisk two egg whites until they are nice and frothy. From there, rub the egg whites deep into the areas where your skin is sagging, and leave the goo on for 15-20 minutes before you wash it away. If you do this twice a week, you will see your skin tighten up.
#9 – Lemons
Collagen is naturally produced in your body (and can be unnaturally injected by a plastic surgeon) to help your skin firm up and get back some of its elasticity. To increase your collagen levels naturally, your body needs to take in a lot of vitamin C, which is exactly what lemons offer. This method will also help you keep wrinkles away, which is a nice added bonus.
To use lemon on your skin, squeeze some juice from the fruit itself. Rub it into your problem areas and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You will need to do this up to three times daily to see the maximum results. If you want, you can also mix water in with the lemon juice and leave it to dry on your problem areas.
#8 – Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is usually the first thing we turn to when we get a sunburn. It works wonders in relieving the pain that the huge yellow star in the sky can inflict on our skin, as well as helps our skin bounce back to a younger form. Aloe Vera moisturizes skin more than water ever could, and its cooling effect leaves skin feeling refreshed no matter what time of year it is.
Instead of grabbing a bottle of Aloe Vera from the store, you should look for Aloe Vera leaves and release the gel from them. When you have the gel ready to go, rub it into your skin and leave it there for about 15 minutes. You can do this as often as you want each week, but using it once a day should do the trick. You can add a bit of honey to the Aloe Vera as well for a healthier and more natural glow.
#7 – Cucumbers
Cucumbers are used all of the time in spas. When getting a facial, your esthetician will usually give you two eye patches in the form of cucumber slices. This age old method has been successful for many because of the moisturizing properties found in each cucumber slice, which tightens skin and eliminates dark circles around one’s eyes.
There’s another trick besides putting cucumber slices over your eyes that’s even more effective. Put a cucumber in a blender to produce more juice. Rub this juice into any areas where your skin is sagging, and let it sit there until it’s dry. Rinse off the cucumber with water, repeating this process once a day.
#6 – Olive Oil Massage
This kind of massage isn’t offer at the spa, so the downside of this method is that you have to massage yourself— or, you could always make your partner do it. Olive oil is the best type of oil you can use on your skin. It is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that will leave your skin healthy and smoother than before. A and E vitamins are some of the most beneficial for skin, which are found in spades in olive oil.
First, take a bit of olive oil (extra virgin, of course) and warm it up a little. When the oil is nice and warm, rub it into your skin, giving yourself a deep massage for 10 minutes. This works best if you do it right before you go to sleep, so the effects can set in overnight. Plus, a good massage should put you to sleep anyways, so it’s a win-win.
#5 – Honey
Honey is also a great antioxidant that helps moisturize skin, and can take years off of your face. Plus, it has a great smell (but be careful not to attract any bears). Using honey on your skin will leave you looking much younger in no time. Giving you a natural glow, it will make you appear as though you just came off of the beach. You don’t have to lather yourself in honey, either, to get the full effect.
You only need two teaspoons of honey to get started, the add to it a couple of dabs of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir all of these together in a small bowl until you have a nice serum, then rub it into your skin and let it dry. Once it dries, rinse away the stickiness with water, but make sure that it’s warm. For quick results, use this method up to two times daily.
#4 – Rose Water
Remember that word ‘astringent’ that we used earlier? We are going to use it again, as rose water falls into the category of natural astringents that will keep your skin tighter and firmer. Rose water also works as a natural toner that will help clear up any blemishes on your skin. That’s a nice little two for one deal, so this should be the treatment you turn to if you have sagging skin and blemishes.
There’s no mixing required with rose water, as you can apply it directly onto your skin before you fall asleep to slow down any signs of aging and to make your pores smaller. If you are in the mixing mood, however, you can opt for that route. Pour one cup of rose water into a bowl, and mix in a teaspoon of hazel and lemon juice, as well as a few drops of almond oil. Leave this mixture on your skin for about 15 minutes, repeating it three to four times weekly.
#3 – Cinnamon
Cinnamon helps to naturally boost the collagen levels in your body. So if you want tighter and younger looking skin (with an added delicious smell), you might want to use cinnamon. Instead of rubbing the cinnamon powder directly onto your skin, you have to do some mixing first.
Take a teaspoon of the cinnamon powder and mix it together with an equal amount of turmeric powder. We’re going to need a liquid to bring the powders together, so add in some olive oil to make a nicely textured paste. Once the paste is finished, add in a pinch of sugar, then rub it into your skin and leave it there for 5 minutes. Rinse it away with room temperature water, and repeat this process two times each week.
#2 – Fuller’s Earth
A lot of people aren’t familiar with Fuller’s Earth. Hundreds of years ago, textile workers used Fuller’s Earth on wool clothes to extract some of the oils and grease that their bodies would collect after a long shift. The same product is now being used to treat skin as it takes away some harmful oxidants and helps blood flow more freely.
Fuller’s Earth comes in a powder, so you will want to use a tablespoon mixed with water to make a paste. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even use the rose water that we talked about earlier, knocking out two birds with one stone. Once you have your paste, leave it on your skin until it dries. Use room temperature water to wash it away. You can even add honey if you want; repeat this process two or three times each week.
#1 – Strawberries
The final home remedy on our list for sagging skin is none other than one of the most delicious fruits on Earth, strawberries. You might know about the health benefits of eating strawberries, but not a lot of people know about the wonders it can do for skin. Since strawberries are a big time antioxidant and filled with vitamin C, they can help you both inside and out. The acids found in strawberries are what can help your skin look younger.
To use strawberries on your skin, take three of the juiciest ones you can find and mash them up until they’re unrecognizable. Take two teaspoons of honey (and an equal amount of yogurt) and mix them in a bowl until you get a delicious paste. Leave it on your skin for a 5 or 6 minutes and then rinse. You can do this once a day, although it might be a bit expensive if strawberries are not in season at the time.