Stretch marks are ugly discolored marks on your skin that most often appear when the skin is stretched beyond its normal limit.
They usually appear at times when you gain or lose weight fast. Almost ninety percent of women get stretch marks during pregnancy, when the shape and size of their body changes rapidly and the skin needs to stretch to accommodate this change. Though the skin has the ability to stretch itself to some extent but it can not stretch beyond its limit.
When the skin fails to stretch further, the collagen production gets disturbed and as a result, the skin loses its elasticity and the connective fibers present inside the skin break. Stretch marks can also appear during puberty, while working out, while building muscles etc. But there are some precautions that you can take for preventing stretch marks from occurring.
Depending on the color of your skin, you can have reddish brown, red, pink or dark brown colored stretch marks on your skin. With time, stretch marks do fade and become less visible, but it can take years. You can get stretch marks on your stomach, breasts, hips, thighs, buttocks etc. You can even get them on your legs and arms and any parts of the body where fat accumulates and the skin is stretched.
Preventing Stretch Marks
Once the stretch marks are formed, it is quite difficult to get rid of them. The best thing to do is to avoid them from forming. Here are a few steps you can take to avoid stretch marks from occurring.
Vitamin E Creams
Massaging your skin every day will help to improve blood circulation and encourage the growth of new tissues. Start massaging the skin early and pick up good moisturizers and creams. Starting early on and frequently using creams and moisturizers will keep your skin supple and prevent stretch marks from occurring.
Choose creams and moisturizer that contain vitamin A or vitamin E. Creams containing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) are made with an ingredient extracted from plants that is considered effective for this purpose. The market is full of creams and lotions which claim to remove stretch marks, but don’t get swayed away by false promises.
There is no evidence that these creams really work to prevent stretch marks. But the experiences of some women do support the fact that early use of these creams can prevent stretch marks by keeping your skin supple and elastic. Here are some remedies that you can try to avoid stretch marks.
Mix 2 tablespoons of almond oil with one tablespoon of wheat germ oil and massage on your skin. This is a very old remedy and many women have been using this remedy for generations.
Another popular remedy is cocoa butter,, which is considered very effective for avoiding stretch marks. Massage cocoa butter every day on your body, particularly on the stomach, hips and breast to avoid stretch marks.
Massaging olive oil, vitamin E oil and avocado oil can also help.
Diet plays a big role in keeping the skin healthy. Eat a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables, fish, eggs, almonds and beans that are rich in vitamin A, E, C, silica and zinc as they will keep you skin healthy and prevent stretch marks from forming.
Drink enough water; as much as you can. Proper hydration will encourage collagen production and keep your skin healthy and prevent stretch marks from occurring.