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Simple tips to prevent stretch marks

Stretch marks are a kind of scarring that is caused when the body grows quickly and the skin is stretched beyond its ability to keep up. During this growth spurt, the collagen fibers in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, begin to break and the dermis splits, creating stretch marks. To prevent stretch marks, you need to either grow more slowly, or help the dermis keep up.

“Grow more slowly” is advice that is aimed mainly at people such as bodybuilders who can control their growth rate to a certain extent. Many people who are at high risk of stretch marks, such as pregnant women and teenagers having growth spurts, cannot apply that advice in a productive way. There are  however many ways you can assist your dermis:

Stay Hydrated

Dry skin is much more delicate, so be sure that you are drinking enough water each day. Try to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water or another caffeine-free and alcohol-free beverage each day. Fresh fruit also contains a lot of water. So you can replace a glass of water with fresh fruit. Staying hydrated will help keep the collagen fibers in your skin strong and tight, and give your dermis fuel to grow and stretch quickly.

Get Your Vitamins

Vitamins A, C, and E are key for keeping your skin healthy and able to withstand stresses, which is essential when you are worried about stretch marks. Make sure that you are getting enough of them, and consider using a lotion that includes vitamin E at the risk area to make sure that the vitamins are getting right where they are needed. Vitamins C and E protect your skin from damage, while vitamin A is important for the skin-building process and healing when it becomes damaged.

Take Care Of Your Skin

The area where you are worried about getting stretch marks should be thoroughly pampered. Massaging the area with a nourishing lotion daily will help a great deal, not just by delivering lotion but also because the mechanical action of the massage helps to stimulate the growing cells and keep your circulation active so that the skin keeps up with the rest of you. Cocoa butter, aloe vera, and wheat germ oil are some of the most popular recommendations for products that hep your skin stay healthy and elastic.

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