How to Avoid Stretch Marks From Losing Weight

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Stretch marks are often apparent on those who have lost significant amounts of weight. The stretch marks actually occur when weight is gained. They are usually more visible after the weight is lost since the skin is no longer stretched. If you anticipate you'll be losing weight, there are things you can do to minimize stretch marks. Since some individuals are more likely to get stretch marks than others, you may not be able to completely avoid stretch marks. In fact, if your skin is prone to them, you cannot avoid them. You can, however, employ various methods to decrease the likelihood of getting them.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturizer
  • Cocoa butter
  • Healthy diet
  • Vitamin E
  • Scar treatment cream

Keep skin moisturized. Stretch marks are more likely to occur on dry skin. Apply a deeply hydrating moisturizer to the area daily. It will keep your skin supple and less susceptible to stretch marks.

Apply cocoa butter to your skin. Cocoa butter is a long-used home remedy to prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The rich cream makes skin supple and pliable, thereby helping it to resist stretch marks. Use it on your skin twice daily.

Massage your skin. Massage increases circulation, helping blood and nutrients to reach the skin more easily. As a result, skin stays healthy and active, making it less likely that stretch marks will form. Use steady pressure and circular motions to massage your skin for two to three minutes daily.

Exercise. Cardiovascular exercise increases circulation and helps to restore skin elasticity. Get at least 30 minutes of cardio three to four times per week.

Eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrition is essential to solid skin health. If you maintain a nutritious diet, your skin will be healthier. Poorly nourished skin is more prone to stretch marks so properly care for your skin with solid nutrition. Avoid caffeine completely as it increases your chances of getting stretch marks.

Rub vitamin E on your skin. Puncture a vitamin E capsule and distribute the contents onto your skin. Vitamin E is highly nourishing to skin. With regular use, it can fortify skin against scarring.

Use scar treatment cream at the first sign of stretch marks. Such creams are available over the counter at pharmacies and drugstores. They work best on new scars, so use immediately. Rub the cream onto the stretch marks three times per day. You'll generally see improvement in the stretch marks after approximately two months of use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drink plenty of water. It will help skin to stay supple and resist stretch marks.
  • Talk to your doctor before you begin a new exercise regime.

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