All women hate stretch marks, unfortunately, if you are genetically prone to it, sometimes there is very little you can do to prevent it. Since stretch marks never really disappear, most people will do anything to minimize stretchmarks’ appearance and hide it every chance they get!
According to Everyday Health, in fact, ninety per cent of women who have been pregnant have stretch marks, and seventy per cent of people develop stretch marks during puberty. It is completely normal to have them regardless of your weight.
Stretch marks are developed when your skin is made to stretch at an abnormally fast rate. When it is stretched rapidly, the skin is unable to react fast enough and caused the middle layer of your skin to tear! These tears appear as a reddish-purple line at first, but over time will develop into the white streaks we see on your breasts, stomach, hips or buttons.
6 Ways To Minimize Stretchmarks Appearance
1# Minimize stretchmarks by using your favourite moisturizer
You can use any mild moisturiser you have and slather it all over your skin to massage the areas where stretchmarks have begun to appear. Massage the area several times a day.
Though some people believe that cocoa butter is an important ingredient that will help to reduce stretchmarks it’s interesting to note that no studies to date have proven so.
Although studies have proven that creams containing Gotu kola (also known as Luei Gong Gen/ Vallaria) extracts, vitamin e and collagen hydrolysates are associated with fewer stretch marks.
2# Exfoliate your skin regularly
Do so with a gentle exfoliate. There are many ready-mades exfoliates in the market. NTUC has tons and you can pick one that suits your skin type the next time you go shopping for groceries.
You can also make your own exfoliate using dried and powdered orange peel and yoghurt.
3# Take your supplements to minimize stretchmarks
Vitamin E helps repair and replenish collagen. A daily dose of Vitamin E or a massage with Vitamin E oils can help you reduce the appearance of these stretch marks.
Wheat germ oil, cosmetic products that contain peptides, and retinoids are some of the other products that may work on your skin. However, their efficacy is not known.
4# Drink lots of water
This way, you will keep your skin hydrated and it will remain relatively free from scars and stretch marks
5# Exercise regularly when you are pregnant
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A lot of women avoid any kind of exercise and take long periods of rest. This could be detrimental to your overall health as well as the health of your skin.
Take a stroll for a few minutes everyday. If you want, you can even enroll yourself in a special yoga class for pregnant women.
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