The way we like our facial skin to be even and flawless, similarly we want the rest of our body to look as good as possible too. But, stretch marks ruin our expectations. Stretch marks usually fade over time eventually when these reasons subside, but there is a possibility that they stay permanently. But if you want them to vanish faster, try these tips and your skin will be free of them in six to eight weeks time.
Stretch marks appear due to:
• Sudden increase in weight due to any reason like obesity or pregnancy
• Use of corticosteroids also induces stretch marks as the cortisol reduces skin’s collagen which in turn reduces skin’s elasticity
• Puberty and puberty hormones also cause stretch marks
• Heredity is also a reason for stretch marks
Exercises like yoga and particularly pilates increase the flexibility of the body. Doing pilates regularly will not only shape up your body and make you more flexible but also reduce the chances of developing stretch marks considerably.
2. Increase Water Intake
A big proportion (approx 60%) of our skin’s composition is water. Drinking more water will increase skin’s health and elasticity and will heal stretch marks gradually.
We all are aware of the fact that exfoliation removes dead skin cells. Once you start exfoliating the affected area, new cells will reveal and the stretch marks will start fading as well.
4. Apply Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is the magic potion in the beauty world for skin and hair issues. Aloe vera gel is one of the most effective ways to fight against stretch marks. The method is really simple – just expose the gel from a leaf and apply directly to stretch marks.
5. Massage with Oils
Again, the main thing is skin’s elasticity. Massaging the stretched area with any essential oil of your choice (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil etc) will soften the local skin and heal them slowly.
6. Consume Vitamin E
Vitamin E is very beneficial for skin and hair. Taking Vitamin E supplements will help to get rid of stubborn stretch marks.
7. Stretch Marks Creams
There are few reliable brands that have come up with stretch marks creams. These creams aren’t magic wands to diminish stretch marks yet are a great help for the trouble.
Stretch marks are stubborn; they don’t go away within a few days. You need time, patience and consistency to get rid of them. Post pregnancy, I am also fighting them, so thought about penning this article. I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks religiously, but these creams and lotions aren’t hundred percent effective. I still developed stretch marks and after thorough study, I have made this seven steps plan to get rid of them. Using all these seven tips together is fading them slowly. Do try these out!
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