Stretch marks can happen to anyone. But they occur most commonly in pregnant woman, adolescents going through puberty, and those with rapid weight gain. But in fact, stretch marks can happen to basically anyone.
Reasons for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are basically the breakdown of the skin caused by tears in the elastic layers of the skin. It is difficult to predict who will get stretch marks and who will not. People who have elastic skin are less likely to get them. Genetics can also play an important role as most inherit the skin patterns of their parents. A common reason for stretch marks is pregnancy. It is common for women to gain weight here and it is healthy to put on around 25 to 35. Furthermore, women who carry more than one fetus are more likely to get stretch marks because their skin has to stretch more to accommodate more babies. It’s a similar story with teens going through puberty. They grow so fast and often put on weight at a rate faster than the skin can keep with its stretching.
How To Avoid Stretch Marks
If you are predisposed to stretch marks, there are several steps you can take to avoid them. Some steps you can follow are:
Keep Body Hydrated
You must keep your body hydrated during pregnancy. When you are pregnant, the volume of blood in your body increases and you build a large water sack for the baby. This increases the demand for hydration in your body. Some signs of dehydration include headaches, tiredness, dry throat or lips, and lack of concentration. Your skin must also be hydrated to ensure optimal skin elasticity. You must drink 6-8 glasses of water every day and if you are pregnant, you should drink more like 8-12 glasses. This will reduce the risk of developing stretch marks.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet is another way of preventing stretch marks. Foods that contain Vitamin A and C are essential, so make sure get plenty of these vitamins in your regular diet. Some great sources of Vitamin C include tomatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, and bell peppers. To get your daily dose of Vitamin A, you should include potatoes, carrots, and mangoes in your diet.
There are several essential oils that improve skin elasticity and reduce stretch marks. Neroli oil regenerates your skin cells, which helps in preventing and getting rid of stretch marks. People, with sensitive skin, can also use Neroli oil because it does not irritate the skin. Oil of mandarin oranges can also be applied on the skin to improve blood circulation, skin rejuvenation, and preventing stretch marks. Lavender oil is another essential oil that prevents stretch marks. It promotes skin regeneration and cell activity which reduces the risk of developing them. A blend of cold-pressed wheat germ and almond oil can also be used to prevent stretch marks. Applying these oils gently on the skin will encourage new tissue growth and improve circulation.
Include Gelatin In Your Diet
Gelatin increases collagen formation in the body which improves skin elasticity and prevents stretch marks. To increase the intake of collagen, try plain bone broth. You can also add gelatin power to your drink to increase collagen intake. Gelatin doesn’t just improve skin elasticity but also helps in improving insulin sensitivity, promotes digestive health, fights free radicals, and promotes wound healing.
A Healthy Diet
It is really important to maintain a healthy diet for so many reasons. But there are times in our lives where we have no choice but to gain weight. Times such as during puberty or pregnancy, however, preventing excess weight gain through these times by eating healthy and exercising can limit the likelihood/impact of getting stretch marks. Eating a healthy balance of nutrients can really help to maximize the health of your whole body including your skin.