14 tips to tighten loose skin 🙋

After having three babies within 15 months of each other and being seriously over stretched by my rather big twin boys, weighing 6.1lb and 5.11lb at 5 weeks early, it’s fair to say my body has taken a battering. Now after losing around 39lbs in the space of 6 months it’s time to tone up and sort out my sagging skin 🙈

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Having done a lot of research, I’ve made a list of 14 tips, all home remedies that I will be using a lot religiously from now on 💪

Here we go…

1. Limit sun exposure – no tanning, no sun beds (not that I usually do but anyone else out their who does and wants to improve their skin this ones for you!!)

2. Mineral/salt scrubs – increases blood flow, get a good loofa too, twice a day if you are committed – at least 3 times a week

3. Collagen cream – our skin in made from collagen, this makes it easily accepted into our bodies. I have been using a good collagen cream but not religiously! Time to up a notch!

4. Weight training – adding weights to your exercise regime, toning up helps the appearance of sagging skin.

5. Hydration – hydrate your body, hydrate your skin! Try at least 8 glasses a day!

6. Yoga – relieve stress, be more flexible and lose weight, this is supposed to help your skin be flexible after a few weeks.

7. Fruit and vegetable – with a high water content helping to hydrate and lots of vitamins and minerals eating at least 5 portions a day is key.

8. Raw foods – included in your portions, raw is 100% better for you, keeps all the nutrients locked in.

9. Lean protein – helps to build muscle, creating a more toned look and contains collagen and other nutrients our skin needs. After working out is best to boost muscle mass.

10. Avoid junk food – high fat foods are only going to add weight on, with those few stubborn pounds left under the skin that needs tightening this is not going to help! Avoid at all costs.

11. Essential oils – lavender and almond are the two I will be using, lavender is supposedly one of the best and requires a few tsps a night (this seems quite a lot to me!) almond oil – 1tsp every night, also supposed to help with the appearance of stretch marks, here’s hoping!

12. Tightening mask – a single egg white mask on your stomach three times a week…hmm interesting!!

13. Tightening astringent – made from honey 1 tsp, witch hazel 1 tbsp and Rosemary – which is supposed to help improve circulation.

14. Firming creams – it’s suggested to look for ones with natural ingredients, Vitamin E & A as well as collagen creams.

Now, all the boring facts are out the way, let’s go for the opinions!!

A lot of the suggestions sound a bit odd, some sound totally mad! But I’m going to give them all ago at some point!

Tuesday the 6th December

As it stands I’ve started using a few already. Last night in the shower I used a body scrub and loofa, I have to say as soon as I stepped out of the shower I noticed instantly how smooth my skin was! I don’t think I could comment on tighter skin.

Afterwards I used Nip & Fab’s tummy fix firming gel. I like the way it smells and can tell it goes into the skin well rather than sitting on the top from the texture my skin feels after applying. I’ve also applied this morning too, I will doing this twice daily, morning and night.

This morning I also tried lavender and almond oil. This is VERY potent!! I only used a few drops of lavender and more almond oil, I would definitely suggest using this at night time rather than the morning. Not sure if it’s made a real difference, however I know this one is a patience game.

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I’ll also be using my collagen cream once a day too. I have definitely seen improvements with this over the past year but I have not been as consistent as I’d have liked to!

Daily diet:

I have a pretty good diet already, I eat mainly gluten and dairy free, use plat based protein, as well as a lot of lean protein and eat good carbs like sweet potato. I also take my Juice Plus+ premium capsules which have the essence of 26 different types of fresh, ripe, raw fruit & veg! Which is good as I know that if I don’t mange all 5 of my portions each day, I have pumped good nutrients straight into my blood stream already!

Water could be taken up a notch but I do drink a lot of green and herbal teas which I count in my water intake.

Exercise
I have recently started rebounding (using a mini trampoline called a rebounder) it’s good cardio but low impact. I also do some weight training but will be upping this and doing daily alongside my rebounding. I’m also looking for local yoga classes too!

I know this isn’t going to be an over night transformation so I will only be taking progress pictures once a week, I’m going hardcore and using all of these daily and will be adding in others as we go through the process!

Determined to get in a bikini this year 💪

If anyone has had any experience with good products or home made remedies I’d be really interested to hear about them or if you’d like to talk more in further detail, send me a message 💚

A year from now…

Around this time last year I found out I was pregnant. We had just moved into our first family home, renting a flat in Witney, it wasn’t ideal for one baby let alone more. In that same week we got offered a 2 bed house in Woodstock and Anthony got offered his PGCE place in Birmingham. They say news travels in threes!?

There was no question to whether I would keep it or not. Yes, I was supposed to be returning to my last year at Rose Bruford but a family to me was worth a lot more than a degree. So it was just a matter of logistics.

When we went to see the house we kind of fell in love, even through the jungle out back and awful decor. That was one problem solved anyway. We both discussed and agreed that it was best for Anthony to get his teaching qualification this year than to wait longer to be earning a proper income. Therefore the plan was that Anthony would live in Birmingham for the year and come back on weekends to see us. Which meant technically I’d be a single parent, and at this time we only thought it would be one baby.

It wasn’t long before we got the news of our multiple arrival and the plan still stayed the same. Technically being a single parent with Anthony not earning either left me having to claim income support. Good old benefits hey!

I found it extremely embarrassing having to ask for help, other than the odd loan from my dad, I’ve always worked and made my own money. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask for help when we need it and I am sure a lot of you have your own opinions on the benefit system. But it’s not a proud moment for me.

When the twins were born I had to ring up to claim they were alive, it doesn’t change your amount it just means that you are not expected to work then until the child/children are around a year old and I wouldn’t have to attend any interviews. Can you imagine taking twin babies and a toddler to the job centre!? I can think of better things to do with my day!

When we were home from hospital I started receiving letters about going in for an interview and each time I would ring up and explain my situation and they would apologise and tell me that I did not need to attend. The last letter I received I rang up about and explained and they told me that it was compulsory as they needed to check that my children were actually alive.

I don’t have a triple push chair so this would mean me struggling with the three of them on my own! Luckily my dad was around and he took time off from his own business to come with us. We managed to get there reasonably on time with my three babies and got called over by this woman. Now if you’ve never been in a job centre, it’s pretty open with lots of desks and as we went past some of the employees they cooed and commented on the twins, however, the woman interviewing me did not! I should have known then. She went through general details checking everything was up to date. We then came to Anthony. She continued to say that I was choosing to be on benefits because I would not move to Birmingham and when I reminded her that he was student, she said that was his choice. She was so nasty to me that I was crying, while rocking the twins who were getting miserable. So I said, “Find me a job that pays more than £15 an hour? Because that’s what it would cost me in child care!” She literally accused me of being a benefit fraud. I have never felt so little and horrible in my entire life that my throat literally tightens while I write this. There are so many people out there who scam benefits here and there, but because Anthony was a student trying to better himself and get a degree for a higher paying job to provide for us that wasn’t good enough. They basically want anyone of job seekers or income support to get any job no matter what it pays or whether it’s suitable. Perhaps if we encouraged people to learn more or find an actual career then there would be less people having to claim those benefits.

From that day, I had had enough. I needed a way to make money for my family and avoid ever having one of those interviews ever again.

That’s when I found Juice Plus! My friend from a previous job offered me a place on her team and after a week of being on the weight loss plan I agreed. I cost me £50 to join, it was a company that was 40 years old with a 20 year old product, backed by doctors a product that worked for me and would benefit my whole family.

I only did 5 orders in my first month but I didn’t let it get me down, because I truly believed this could help so many people with their health as well as their weight issues. The month just gone, May, was my second month, I’ve hit my first big promotion Senior Direct Distributor (SDD) and now have a team of seven below me. I have not only improved mine, my boys, my extended family and friends health but yesterday I rang income support and closed my account. Might sound silly but I could literally cry! No more hand outs from them and no more horrible interview with judgmental people.

I wash 28 bottles on average a day, I change on average 17 nappies a day, I have a 20 month old and 5 month old twins and I run a business. A business that cares about improving peoples lives all around! I’ve now lost 16lbs and 9 inches after 8 weeks of being on the weight loss plan, my hay fever has cleared up, it’s helped my twins health and Nathaniel’s too.

I’m no where near my peak and I can’t wait to see what this is going to do for me and my boys. I work for them, they are my why and they are the only reason I will succeed and make all of our dreams come true. It took twins for me to get my life in order and I know where I’ll be a year from now.

Where will you be a year from now?

Peace x

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