Why Stretch Marks Occur?
Stretch marks may occur because of either one of two things. These marks, which are also referred to medically as Striae, can occur as a result of too rapid weight loss* or weight gain. Simply said, the skin could not adjust fast enough to accommodate the rapid changes occurring in the body. Another reason for their occurrence is impairment in the function of some of the fibroblasts in the body. This can happen in instances of hormonal imbalance such as during pregnancy and puberty.
8 Stretch Mark Removal Tips:
With regards to stretch marks, exercising could actually go either way. It could either keep stretch marks from happening or it could aggravate them. This is because exercising, especially if you do often, can cause your body to lose* weight rapidly. On the other hand some people say that exercising for stretch marks, especially toning and strength training, actually improves* the appearance of cellulite as well by strengthening the muscles that draw the skin closer. This will make the skin look tauter. Another benefit of exercising is increasing* blood circulation in the area.
As in all other organs in the body, the skin will benefit a lot from a healthy diet rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. For the purpose of making skin more elastic, your diet should comprise of foods that have nutrients which are crucial to the formation of collagen and has lots of anti-oxidants. The nutrients to watch out for are vitamins A, C, E, selenium and zinc.
Massages may help with the removal of stretch marks by increasing* blood circulation in the area. Any increase* in blood circulation will mean that nutrients will be more efficiently brought to the area and therefore aid and hasten the healing process.
When trying to prevent and diminish* the appearance of stretch marks it is crucial to keep your skin hydrated. Skin that is dry simply does not recover as fast as hydrated skin. Hydrated skin is usually more pliable, more elastic. In terms of moisture you may want to use your typical drug store lotion or you may also use home remedies such as olive oil and sunflower oil, whichever you prefer.
Aloe vera, with its soothing and cooling properties can help with the discomfort and itching that most people have when their skins are being stretched too far. Aloe vera is also a great moisturizer.
Home Made Stretch Mark Removal Recipe
There is a home made recipe for a stretch mark cream that everybody seems to swear by. The base is usually Shea butter to which you can add to an assortment of oils of your preference. People typically see improvements in their stretch marks 3 weeks after twice daily applications.
- ¼ cup Shea butter
- ¼ cup olive oil/sunflower oil/argan oil/emu oil/coconut oil
- 6 capsules of Vitamin E
First pour all of the ingredients into a saucepan. For the Vitamin E, puncture the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze out all that vitamin E into the mixture. Warm the mixture through. Do not let the mixture boil because the oils will separate, just heat it up to a temperature that allows all of the ingredients to mix and blend together. Apply the cream on the affected areas 2 a day after showering.
To amplify the magical effects of this cream you may also whip up a home made scrub made of sugar and olive oil to both exfoliate and moisturize your stretch marks.
Stretch Mark Creams
There are a number of stretch mark creams that have gained a cult following over the years because of their alleged effectiveness against stretch marks. These creams usually have components that moisturize the skin up to the deepest layers and are rich in anti-oxidants that fight substances that prevent healing.
Stretch Mark Technique
There are a number of ways to make the above mentioned steps even more effective
- When massaging, massage in circular motions to enable the cream or treatment to really get into the deeper layers of the skin. This kind of massaging motion has also been proven to significantly increase* blood circulation.
- To accompany the diet, maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol. First off, smoking robs the skin of precious oxygen and encourages the formation of free radicals in the body. Lastly, besides causing an increase* in free radicals in the body, alcohol also causes dehydration, which can make your skin less supple.
Stretch marks can be a little bit hard to treat* and may require a certain amount of trial and error before you can find a routine that is perfect for you.