Use Diet & Lifestyle to AVOID Stretch Marks
Everyone is aware of stretch marks and the likelihood that they might be a sufferer of them at some stage, particularly if you are in the high risk groups, i.e. heavy men / women, pregnant women, or weight trainers etc. However too many people do not consider the possibilities of NEVER having stretch marks by doing a few simple things to minimise your chances of developing these. If you avoid stretch marks you avoid the need to do something about them afterwards (if you wish).
How To Avoid Stretch Marks (some useful tips)
As we’ve said over and over again, some people will be prone to stretch marks and the truth is there is no way as to how to avoid stretch marks that is guaranteed but you can increase you chances by following these simple tips.
- If trying to gain / lose weight, attempt to do so at a reasonable pace if possible. This gives the dermis time to adjust to the new situation and reduces the likelihood of any scarring taking place.
- Remain hydrated at all times, especially when exercising and afterwards. This hydration reduces the stress on your skin (remember – its the body’s largest organ), eases and lubricates your system, and promotes the overall health of your skin.
- Similarly your diet can have a great influence on the health of your skin, both in general terms, and specifically for the minimisation of the risk of stretch marks. Make certain to maintain a mineral and vitamin wealthy nutritious diet, in addition to consuming lots of water. Oils although calorie intensive can be very beneficial to your body.
- If you are actively building muscle mass, fuel yourself properly and do the correct exercise regime to give you rewards with minimal risk of scarring. For example, everyone knows you need protein to achieve body mass, but the way you get it can make an enormous difference to your skin. Good quality red meats will be far more beneficial (in skin terms) than a protein shake. The meats will have greater amounts of healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as many minerals and vitamins.
- If you feel you are light in something health wise, take a supplement. Ensure that there are no negative side effects if you exceed RDA, 99% of time, there will be no problem.
What You Can Do If You Have Stretch Marks
For some of those who have stretch marks, the scars can be devastating – others are not at all concerned about them. A lot has to do with gender, where they are, and scar appearance. When you initially got stretch marks these were light pink or crimson lines along the skin, then your colour faded plus they transformed to another colour of flesh, becoming classic stretch lines.
There are several options available to you if you suffer stretch marks:
- Do nothing. Really. Stretch marks are a natural part of life and never look as bad as you think they do. So, leave them be, unless they really bug you, and then….
- Use moisturisers and oils to keep the skin in best condition to give a chance that the skin will heal. This is unlikely to work on its own, as you need also to tackle the scarring. Bio-oils can be great in reducing minor issues and moisturising the skin.
- Use a dedicated stretch mark cream. There are many available, of high quality – check out the reviews on this site – and try some. The key here is patience and to follow the requirements of the cream treatment. My personal favourite is TriLastin.
- If you are unhappy with the stretch mark cream results, see a doctor who may recommend a different course of action. Ultimately you can have surgery, but be warned, there is no definitive proof that this works in the long term. Worse, the surgery itself can sometimes lead to new scars on the body.
I hope the few tips in this section have helped you your issue.