So, I bet you’re here because you just realized that your belly has stretch marks, or maybe you’re just trying to avoid them.
Either way, you’re on the perfect website for that!
But what are, in fact, stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a tearing of the dermis usually occurring where fat is stored. Genetics plays a big part in whether stretch marks occur and if they remain noticeable; however, you can treat stretch marks with some home remedies.
Stretch marks are caused when the skin rapidly stretches as a result of sudden growth or weight gain. The stretching causes the middle layer of skin (dermis) to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers to show through, forming stretch marks.
Stretch Marks needs to be eliminated as soon as it appears, as it tends to get worse (and harder to get rid of) as time goes by.
But how can we eliminate it? Here are some tips to help you out with that:
1.Consume Vitamin C, It’s More Important Than You Think
Cellulite appears when the collagen that binds fat to the skin stretch and tear, allowing fat to divide and tear in small pockets in the skin. This appears as bumps and dimples under the skin.However, ome studies show that Vitamin C boosts collagen production so your skin can repair itself.So, if you are starting to gain weight, pregnant, or just trying to get rid of Strech Marks and Cellulite, consider consuming a capsule of vitamin C (If you are not pregnant), or try out these foods:
- Berries (For example, Strawberries or Raspberries)
- Citrus Fruits (For example, Oranges)
- Tomatos (cooked)
2. Exercise Regularly
As we all know, stretch marks are a result of sudden growth or weight gain. It is highly recommended to engage in physical activities such as swimming, dancing, and walking, to get avoid worsening the stretch marks.
Exercise routines to avoid stretch marks should definitely include:
- Step-Ups: Step up
on a bench or fitness step, then step down with the same leg.
- Lunges: Take one large step forward and lower your body so both of your knees form 90-degree angles, keeping your front knee over the ankle. Return to starting position.
- Squats: Aim for 50 reps, keeping your weight in the heels and your back straight as you extend your hips down and back (like you’re sitting in a chair). Try to lower until your thighs are at parallel to the floor. Don’t let your knees extend past your toes.
- Leg Press: For this one, you will need a gym. Step up in the Leg Press machine and do about 3 sets of 20 repetitions with as much weight as you can.
- Step-Ups: Step up
3.Moisturize Your Skin
Pay special attention to the skin on the buttocks, arms, breasts, hips, thighs and stomach if you are growing or gaining weight.
Treating the stretch marks early on, gives you the best results with at-home treatment.
From there on, you have two options:
- Cocoa butter: Apply cocoa butter 2 to 3 times per day to the affected area. Treat as soon as stretch marks appear. Try to find a formula that is as pure as possible, without added chemicals.
- Wheat Germ Oil: Apply wheat germ oil to new stretch marks 2 times per day. Studies have shown some benefit with very fresh tears.
4. Drink Plenty Of Water, It Works Wonders
Reduce other beverages, like alcohol and soda, in favor of water-based beverages. Keeping skin hydrated will improve the overall look of the dermis.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to make sure your body gets the water it needs. It is very important to avoid drinking sodas and industrial drinks, which are full of sugar.
Although drinking water is a very important step to atenuate Stretch Marks, if you don’t like drinking it plain, here are some healthy alternatives to it:
Eat fruits with higher water content such as:
They’re rich in water so they’ll compensate for the lack of drinking water.