Top 5 Remedies for Stretch Marks

By on August 1, 2014
Stretch marks

If stretch marks are an issue for you, then you don’t need to be told how frustrating they can be. They are most commonly associated with pregnancy, but they can actually appear as the result of any rapid change in body size that causes the skin to stretch drastically. Many people who body-build or gain weight for any reason also fall victim to these pesky, silvery lines for that reason.

Although it’s not possible to completely get rid of stretch marks without plastic surgery, there are actually a variety of ways to treat them and greatly minimize their appearance. Let’s take a look at the five most popular and effective options.

1. Exercise

Most of us could already stand to be getting more exercise and now you have one more reason to get up and get moving. Exercise actually does a lot to treat the appearance of stretch marks, especially if yours are the result of weight gain. To begin with, exercise often results in weight loss and the loss of

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extraneous body fat, allowing your overstretched skin to shrink. This reduces the size of the stretch marks in the process. It also results in the toning of underlying muscle which helps to promote firmness.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is widely prized for its ability to help heal damaged body tissues under a variety of circumstances. However, many people aren’t aware that it’s terrific for treating stretch marks as well. Natural enzymes present in aloe vera help encourage the body to remove damaged tissue and replace it with new, living, healthy tissue. It’s also a fantastic moisturizer and skin toner.

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3. Cocoa Butter

Like aloe vera, cocoa butter is packed with natural compounds that nourish skin to help minimize and prevent damage. It also contains enzymes that promote the development and maintenance of healthy, pliable skin tissue. That said, it not only helps to reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks, but it can be used during pregnancy or bodybuilding regimes to help prevent them, too.

4. Mindful Eating

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You’ve probably heard more than once in your life that you are what you eat. Well, this sentiment is as true when it comes to stretch marks as it is anything else. Add foods rich in Vitamins C and E to your diet to help your skin regenerate damaged tissue. You’ll also want to up your intake of Vitamin K-rich foods (like leafy greens, tomatoes, and dairy) to help speed healing.

5. Bio-Oil

Many people have found tremendous success using bio-oil as a natural treatment for stretch marks. It’s infused with a variety of powerful, all-natural nutrients and ingredients, each prized for its ability to treat and heal stretch marks. These include but are not limited to rosemary, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, lavender, and chamomile. Bio-oil has been celebrated for helping skin look youthful and utterly fantastic as well.

At the end of the day, there are quite a few options available to those who are bothered by their stretch marks. Explore the possibilities for yourself today!

By Alicia Kwan

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Top 5 Remedies for Stretch Marks