Stretch marks are common. Not just among pregnant women or new moms, but also among anyone who may have hit puberty, experienced sudden weight gain or loss, indulged in strenuous physical activities, and more. If you are looking to reduce stretch marks, read on to know what you can do.
Stretch marks are basically indented streaks that happen due to the constant tightening and loosening of the skin, and often appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks, and thighs. The silver lining though is that if you do develop stretch marks, they may gradually fade.
Whether you’re pregnant or not, it is imperative to maintain a healthy weight. Stretch marks usually develop because the skin pulls apart quickly due to rapid weight gain. Hence, eat a healthy diet and exercise to manage your weight.
Drinking enough water not only makes your skin hydrated and soft, but reduces your chances of developing stretch marks. On the other hand, drinking caffeinated beverages, like coffee, tea or sugary drinks, can make your skin dry and stretchy.
If you lack nutrition in your diet, you will have higher chances of getting stretch marks. So make sure your diet includes foods that contain vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, zinc and protein.
Collagen is the main ingredient in keeping your skin strong and elastic, and it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Since vitamin C is an important nutrient for the collagen development, include citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, to get that vitamin.
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The easiest way to get vitamin D is through sun exposure, or you can get it from bread, cereal, and dairy products like milk or yoghurt. It is known to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and
Zinc is a highly beneficial nutrient for skin health as it reduces inflammation and leads to wound healing process. While there is no direct connection between zinc and stretch marks, having zinc-rich foods in your diet, such as nuts and fish, can at least keep your skin healthy and plump.
If you can’t prevent stretch marks, at least try to minimize their appearance. See your doctor or a dermatologist who can help you reduce the fresh stretch marks while telling you the cause behind it.
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