Stretch marks are problematic for people. Stretch marks can occur with pregnant women, those who gain weight quickly and teenagers who develop quickly. Stretch marks often plague pregnant women the most because of the dramatic increase in stomach and breast size so it is particularly hard for pregnant women to avoid this occurrence. Stretch marks can be very hard to get rid of, but there are some things that can be done to lessen their appearance.
Exercise is a good way to help assist with stretch marks. Although stretch marks are evidence of the skin stretching out, skin has the ability to be like elastic so engaging in activity and doing anything that encourages skin elasticity can help problem areas shrink back down. Exercise increases blood flow and delivers beneficial nutrients and hydration to cells. Skin cells regenerate quicker with exercise. Although the skin on the outside was overstretched, the layers of skin underneath will continue to regenerate and soon, a fresh unblemished skin will emerge. Exfoliation can help with this process as well.
For the skin to maintain and increase its elasticity, it is important to stay adequately hydrated. Although it is recommended that a person drink 64 ounces of pure water a day, this does not take into account individual hydration needs based upon weight. At most, a person should drink half their body weight in ounces. If a person weighs 160 pounds, they should drink 80 ounces of water per day. This also helps to flush toxins from the body.
Body wraps are great for getting rid of excess water, but they can also be helpful with stretch marks. Body wraps help the skin to shrink down. While this won’t immediately rid the skin of stretch marks, the skin underneath can have a good chance at regenerating properly. When this skin emerges, it will be less blemished. In addition, if a person has loose skin, getting rid of stretch marks can be more difficult. Wraps help to get rid of loose skin as well by pulling in the skin so that when new skin forms underneath, less of it is needed to accommodate increased dimensions of the body, such as the stomach area. Loose skin hangs down and if it is not made taut, the skin underneath forms the same dimensions.
The best way to treat stretch marks is to avoid them. This can be done with anything that aids in the skin’s elasticity, such as shea butter lotion. Applying it can help the skin to stretch out easily so that it can shrink back down easily. Stretch marks can be temporary, but dedication is key.