How to Increase Your Skin's Elasticity After a Baby

How to Increase Your Skin's Elasticity After a Baby

Many women are shocked to see their post-pregnancy body after delivering their first baby. Tight stomach muscles are gone, some weight gain remains, stretch marks are noticeable and skin on the stomach and breasts is loose and flabby. While diet and exercise can remedy muscle tone and weight gain, stretch marks and skin elasticity are more difficult to improve. According to American Pregnancy, 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. Damaged collagen and elastin fibers create the sagging skin and stretch marks that new mothers struggle to remove.

Things You'll Need
  • Retinoid cream
  • Essential oil or lotion (optional)
Apply a retinoid cream. The magazine Newsweek suggests using prescription or over-the-counter retinoid creams at night. You can also apply essential oils or thick lotion to the loose skin daily. Moisture-rich lotions and oils will plump the individual skin cells, adding to a more supple and healthy appearance.

Eat nutritionally dense foods. A healthy, balanced post-pregnancy diet should include healthy fats, including Omega acids that promote skin health. Medic on Web, a website offering health advice, advises taking supplements that include Vitamins E and C. These vitamins aid in skin healing and reduce the damage to elastin and collagen.

Exercise as soon as your doctor clears you for activity. Exercise improves blood flow to skin tissue, promoting healing and cell regeneration. Your body also releases toxins through exercise which improves general skin appearance.

Contact a dermatologist. Baby Center recommends laser treatment to improve skin elasticity and texture.