Hydrating the skin, exfoliating it, drinking water, and wearing loose clothing are some of the things that will help prevent the appearance of stretch marks.
What Are Stretch Marks?
They are a series of linear lesions that appear after the skin's rupture caused by dehydration, malnutrition, and lack of skin elasticity. Initially, they acquire a reddish color, but over time, they turn white and even purple.
The most common areas where they appear are:
They usually appear during times of physical change such as puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and periods of weight gain and loss.
Care to Prevent Stretch Marks
Exfoliating the Skin
It is recommended to exfoliate the skin at least once a week to remove dead cells and allow the moisturizing cream or product used to penetrate the skin more effectively, achieving better results.
For exfoliation, you should use a natural bristle brush and apply the exfoliant dry, making upward circular motions on the skin, towards the heart.
Hydrating the Skin from the Outside
This can be done by massaging the skin daily, especially the problematic areas using moisturizing creams or products specifically designed to treat stretch marks. In addition to creams, almond milk or oil is perfect for preventing their appearance, as they are regenerating, lubricating, and antioxidant.
Hydrating the Skin from the Inside
Drinking two liters of water is essential, both for maintaining overall health and keeping the skin hydrated from within, thus promoting its elasticity.
Avoiding Tight Clothing
This is important, especially during periods of weight change, puberty, and pregnancy. It is better to opt for comfortable, loose, and lightweight clothing.
Having a Diet Rich in Vitamin C and Copper
Vitamin C and copper stimulate collagen, a protein whose main function is to hold together the various structures of the body.
They are found in foods such as:
- Sunflower seeds
Treating and Concealing Stretch Marks
Although it is good to continue exfoliating the skin, once the stretch marks have already appeared, it is advisable to use a specific anti-stretch mark cream or gel and work the area well until it has been completely absorbed.
Additionally, you can use oils, rosehip, neem balm, or concentrated vitamin E. These products should be applied directly to the stretch marks.
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