How to Handle Ugly Stretch Marks Fast
Oh those stretch marks. They’re big, they’re ugly, and they really stand out. I hate to break it to you, but if you’re a woman, and you plan to reproduce, or you already have, chances are you’re prone to stretch marks. There’s no getting around that one. If that stings, take a deep breath and know you’ve got company. Estimates suggest that 90% of women who’ve given birth develop those telling hints of age. Of course, that’s little consolation when the clothes come off, so if you’ve stretch marks, and they hurt your confidence, there’s good news. Keep reading!
How Stretch Marks Form
Stretch marks, or striae, develop when the skin is scarred from the inside-out. Some life events, including pregnancy, growth spurts, surgery, and even weight-lifting cause the body to increase production of the glucocorticoid hormone. That’s not a good thing, because this hormone inhibits the collagen fibroblasts required for taut, healthy skin. Without sufficient collagen or elastin, skin becomes stressed (there is, after all, some stretching involved with pregnancy!). Layers of skin separate, causing the angry red or brown signs that, yep, stretch marks have formed. Eventually the traumatized skin loses pigment, taking on a silver or white color. And guess what? Stretch marks.
An Ounce of Prevention…
Stretch marks are genetic. If you’re a woman, and your mother had stretch marks, put fifty bucks on it that you’ll have them too. Therefore, it’s all the more important to get stretch marks when they first appear. If you’re a teenage girl, moisturize. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Did you get that? Good, because it’s during the teen-age years and in young adulthood that stretch marks are most likely to form. And if you’re a teen-age mom, you really want to moisturize! Use a moisturizer on your hips, stomach, breasts and buttocks. Of course, if you’re reading this article, chances are you’re past your teen age years and you’ve already got those nasty stretch marks on your sexy parts. Well, no reason to stress…
Minimize Existing Stretch Marks
If you have stretch marks and they’re already set, it’s important to live well for healthy skin. That means lots of water. Remember, beautiful skin needs to stay hydrated. Limit caffeine intake. That can be hard at six in the morning, when you really need that daily espresso, so if you’re a caffeine-lover, as most of us are, be sure to drink more water than caffeinated drinks. Also, eat well. Beautiful skin likes foods rich in zinc, protein, vitamins A and C. Avoid processed foods and those rich in sugar. Load up on carrots, nuts,citrus fruits, fish and eggs.
And as an aside, research links carrots to increased levels of beta-carotene, which produces a tanned, yellow hue to skin that, in a recent British survey, participants said made people more attractive. In other words, eat carrots to be good-looking. Cool huh?
Finally, if you’re eating well, you’re drinking water, you’re active and you’re serious about your beauty, it’s time to get medieval on your stretch marks.