HOW TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS

How To Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

 

Stretch marks are usually caused by rapid weight gain/loss or pregnancy. This is because in both cases, the skin is put under a great deal of strain and can’t compensate for the rapid stretching by producing more skin cells. Stretch marks are extremely common in both men and women. While most stretch marks should fade slowly over time, they don’t often vanish completely.

5 Steps to Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

1. APPLY A RICH BODY OIL OR LOTION


There are number of in the market which have been formulated to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and even out skin tone.

NIVEA’s 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil, not only helps nourish dehydrated and crepe skin, it firms skin in 2 weeks, evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of stretch marks.
Of if you prefer the feeling of a body lotion, NIVEA’s Q10 Rich Firming Body Lotion also improves skin firmness within two weeks, leave skin feeling tighter and intensely nourishes the skin.


2. KEEP HYDRATED

Keeping hydrated is essential for maintaining your skin’s strength and renewable properties. It also ensure that the skin maintains elasticity and stay supple as possible. This puts you in the right direction in making sure you get rid of stretch marks.

 

3. TRY HOMEMADE REMEDIES FOR STRETCH MARKS


Sugar Scrub

Make your own sugar scrub by adding almond oil to sugar and rubbing it into the affected area.  This can help will speed up the renewal of skin cells to help stretch marks fade faster.

Olive Oil

Rubbing warm olive oil on to stretch marks will improve circulation and reduce stretch marks. If you’d prefer to use a specific body oil, try NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil.

Egg Whites

Whipped egg whites are rich in protein and amino acids, making them perfect for treating stretch marks. Apply to the affected area, let it dry and then wash off.

Lemon Juice

The citric acid in lemon juice is perfect for improving skin suffering from stretch marks. Massage the juice from freshly-squeezed lemons into the affected area and wash it off with warm water.

 

Womans hands over belly

4. EAT THE RIGHT FOODS


Having the right diet can have a great impact on your skin. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin E and C, zinc and silica, helps to form collagen and maintain the elasticity and strength of your skin. Load your diet full of foods such as:
  1. Kale and other leafy greens
  2. Oily fish
  3. Avocado
  4. Berries
  5. All vegetables

 

5. EXERCISES TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARK


The right exercises can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Try these exercises will help to strengthen and tone your muscles and the skin around stretch mark problem areas:

Exercise for Chest and Core Stretch marks

  • Begin in a plank position with your hands under your shoulders and hold for a few seconds.
  • Twist your torso towards the ceiling and raise one hand above your head. Your ankles will naturally roll over to stack on top of one another.
  • Hold for a few seconds and return to plank position
  • Complete two sets of 15 repetitions on each side

Exercise for Hips and Thighs Stretch marks

  • Get down on all fours and extend your right leg straight out to the side.
  • Lift your right leg and slowly make small circle movements. Try to keep your hips as still as possible.
  • Complete a total of 10 circles going forward, followed by 10 circles going backwards. Switch legs.

Exercise for Glute Stretch marks

  • Lie on your back and bend your knees at 90 degrees with your feet on the floor.
  • Extend your right leg about 10 cm off the floor and flex your foot.
  • Lift your hips, hold for 3 seconds, then lower hips.
  • Repeat two sets of 10 repetitions on each side.

Woman doing Pushups

How to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy and affect around 80% of expectant mothers. During pregnancy, hormones are produced that soften the ligaments in the pelvis to make it easier to give birth – these often soften your skin fibres too, making you prone to stretch marks. Stretch marks during pregnancy have a lot to do with genetics as well - so if your mother was prone to getting stretch marks when she was pregnant, then it's likely that you will too. People with lighter skin tones are also more likely to get obvious stretch marks compared to those with darker skin as they aren't as visible.

There are some way you can help reduce the amount of pregnancy stretch marks you get:

  • Moisturise - there is no miracle moisturiser to help with pregnancy stretch marks as the body is under so much strain, however, moisturising will help to prevent dryness and itchiness that comes along with a pregnant belly growing in size, and it will help to keep the skin nourished so that it doesn't become sore
  • Eat lots of vitamins - eating food and drink rich in vitamin C such as fruits including strawberries, mangoes, and tomatoes, and veggies such as asparagus, and peppers - this will help to keep skin healthy, as well as giving valuable nutrition to your baby
  • Don't gain weight too fast - although weight gain is a guaranteed side effect of pregnancy, try not to gain it too quickly, you should make sure you're gaining weight at a steady pace rather than sporadically

Pregnant Woman in white dress

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