Posted on February 22 2018
Can You Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks happen to everyone — both women and men get them, and they’re nothing to be ashamed of. Read on for some tried and true tips on how to manage, reduce and prevent stretch marks.
Stretch marks happen when your skin changes shape rapidly because of growth or weight gain, and it commonly happens during puberty, pregnancy or weight training. The stretching causes elastin and collagen in the skin to break down.
How To Help The Appearance of Stretch Marks
We have compiled a list of home remedies and other tips to help the appearance of stretch marks
- Vitamin A — A topical cream over the affected area can help stimulate new collagen production
- A sugar scrub — Microdermabrasion is clinically proven to make stretch marks fade, and using a homemade sugar scrub to exfoliate the area for 8-10 minutes several times a week
- Aloe Vera — A natural healer known as a skin softener
- Rosehip and Seabuckthorn Oil - contains natural Retinol to help moisturize and heal skin
- Argan Oil - Rich in Vitamin E and Linoleic Acid which has a lot of fatty acids
- Coconut Oil — coconut oil can reduce the redness of stretch marks
- A Rich Lotion with Cocoa and Shea Butter — apply to the affected area daily to keep it soft and supple
Stretch Mark Tattoos
When considering getting tattoos over stretch marks, it’s always best to wait until the marks have faded a bit, like when they change from red or purple to a silvery white. The size of the stretch mark will also determine the size of the tattoo.
Some people choose to cover their marks with a colorful tattoo and some people choose to try and match their skin tone to ink and cover their stretch marks that way. Whatever you choose, do what is best for you and what will make you happy.
How to Prevent Stretch Marks
You may think you’re ultimately fighting a losing battle, but help preventing stretch marks may also be a possibility. Check out our list below for some ways to keep your skin as healthy as possible.
- Hydrate! It sounds small, but keeping properly hydrated can go a long way to helping prevent stretch marks. Staying hydrated means your skin stays soft, and soft skin doesn’t tend to develop stretch marks as much as dry skin does
- Keeping your skin properly moisturized will help to reduce the chance of elastin break down in your skin
- Try to control rapid weight gain or rapid weight loss to give your body and skin time to adjust
- Nutrients — Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Zinc are essential for healthy skin
Pregnancy is one of the most common times for developing stretch marks and most women begin to notice stretch marks by the time they are six to seven months pregnant.
Experts say the best way to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy is to gain pregnancy weight slowly and steadily by consulting with your doctor to find the right nutrition and exercise plan for you. After pregnancy, you can help to lighten stretch marks by applying hydrating creams, oils and ointments to keep the skin healthy and soft.
Stretch Mark Cream and Ointment
If you’re frustrated by dealing with stretch marks and are looking for a new product to try that will actually work, check out our brand new Skin Repair Nutri-Firm™ Stretch Mark Treatment Oil. The oil is clinically shown to produce noticeable results in just four weeks, and can aid with the appearance of stretch marks, scars and dehydrated skin.
CLINICALLY SHOWN TO INCREASE ELASTICITY
All Natural Skin Repair Nutri-Firm™ Treatment Oil is perfect for back, shoulders and arms. Clinically shown to increase elasticity and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Helps reduce the signs of stretch marks, decolorization and dehydration. Contains a Nutri-Firm™ Complex, rich in natural retinol, Omega 6 and vitamin E, for anti-aging and skin treatment.
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