A Couple of Recipes to Avoid Stretch Marks
Stretch marks can appear at almost any time of life although most people associate them with pregnancy. In order to learn how to avoid stretch marks, it is important to understand how the marks occur in the first place.
What are Stretch Marks?
Weight gain and weight loss will undoubtedly stretch the skin. If this happens too fast, as with pregnancy or body building, the skin is sometimes unable to adjust itself properly. This will result in stretch marks.
During pregnancy and puberty, hormonal imbalances can lead to an alteration in the amount of collagen and elastin produced by the body. When coupled with the growth spurts that happen during these times, it is a perfect recipe for stretch marks.
Once stretch marks appear, there is often very little a person can do to remove them. In fact complete removal is impossible and treatments to fade them dramatically may be costly or otherwise ineffective. However they will fade naturally over time.
How to Avoid Stretch Marks?
One of the best ways to treat them is to learn how to avoid stretch marks in the first place. Prevention is often better than treatment.
There are really two main factors to combat when preventing the appearance of stretch marks. These are hormone imbalances and the elasticity of the skin.
Eating healthily is a great way to give skin the nutrients it needs in order to look good. Foods which are rich in vitamins and minerals will provide the body with much needed antioxidants, as well as working to balancing the hormones.
Keeping the skin moisturized is also extremely important to avoid stretch marks. This should be done on from the inside as well as on the outside. Drinking plenty of water each day will keep skin hydrated so it is suppler and less likely to tear. In addition to this, creams and oils rich in natural ingredients that are proven to help improve skins elasticity are also recommended. Special care should be taken to apply creams to the main problem areas which are:
All of these places are susceptible to growth spurts through weight gain or puberty and as such are the most common places that stretch marks can be found.
Cardio vascular exercise is a good way to avoid stretch marks in that the increased heart rate and blood flow promotes healthy skin tissue. As well as this, with a good exercise regime, rapid weight gain and weight loss are less likely to occur, eliminating two of the major causes of stretch marks.
Many of the natural remedies for stretch marks include the use of coconut butter or oil. When massaged into the skin, it is said that the properties contained within the coconut improve the elastin fibers in the skin. T is recommended that the oil or butter is applied directly to the skin in all the problem areas. Also, if done in the shower whilst the skin is wet, then rinsed and pat-dried, this is said to help the skin absorb the oil better.
Another remedy which people claim does wonders for stretch marks is a mixture of:
- Half a cup of baking soda
- Quarter cup of water
- Small amount of cocoa butter
- Small amount of vitamin E oil
Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, apply to the skin and leave for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Both methods are reportedly good for both treatment and prevention of stretch marks.