Remember ladies, after a pregnancy, your body is not ruined – you are a tigress who earned her stripes.
While many argue that you should embrace your stretch marks, most women still view them as imperfections that they need to erase from their bodies.
Both males and females can get them during puberty, or if they gain or lose weight relatively quickly. This article will discuss how to reduce, or even erase stretch marks caused by pregnancy and how to regain that tight, smooth skin that enhances the look of a flat belly. But first, let’s talk about the possibility of prevention.
If you do not currently have stretch marks, chances are, you do not want to get them. Remember that you are not alone. Over 90% of women do get stretch marks after giving birth. For those who are not familiar with what those are, the name “stretch marks” perfectly describes it. They are marks on the skin that indicate that it has been over-stretched due to a fast-paced enlargement in a specific area of the body. They first appear as pink or red line- shaped indentations in the skin, and if they go untreated, the always remain there. Their color does fade out as time goes by, and eventually, they take a color that is a few shades lighter than your actual skin tone, making them a bit less noticeable. The indentations, however, do not disappear.
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It is possible, although not guaranteed, to follow the steps below to prevent stretch marks, or, at least, keep the amount of stretching to the minimum.
- Exercise – exercise has comes up numerous times in this blog, which should really give you an idea about its significance in staying in shape.
Working out does wonders for your skin too, not just your muscles and fat. It improves blood circulation, making it easier for nutrients and oxygen dissolved in the blood to nourish your skin. In addition, it makes the muscles underneath firmer, so your skin will have something more reliable to hold on to, which reduces stretching. A little bit off subject, working out can also extort many of the toxins that accumulate in your pores through sweating, which naturally reduces blemishes and black heads.
- Healthy weight – women who are overweight are even more likely to get stretch marks during pregnancy. In fact, a constantly fluctuating weight is the main cause of stretch marks.
Those who follow the whole scheme of gaining weight, following a strict diet, losing a dramatic amount of weight, then, with a sense of satisfaction, stopping their diet and going back to their previous weight are very prone to skin problems, including stretch marks. The best you can do is finding your healthy weight and sticking to it. During pregnancy, try to gain your weight steadily throughout the 9 months instead of gaining it all at once.
- Hydrated skin – a woman’s gestation period is nine months, which means that there will most likely be a time in your pregnancy when the weather will be cold and dry. Dryness can literally cause your skin to “crack”, leaving behind very unattractive lines and aiding in the formation of stretch marks. You can avoid this by keeping yourself hydrated. Remember, during pregnancy, you will daily need enough water to keep both you and your baby hydrated, so increase your intake of liquids. Using hydrating lotions, especially ones with cocoa better, can immensely help your skin in staying firm. However, be on the lookout for suspicious “miracle products” on the market, as they do not always deliver what they promise. Just to be on the safe side, choose a pharmaceutical brand over a cosmetic brand, and use it as instructed on the packaging.
Now, let’s say that you were not aware of all the ways that can help you prevent stretch marks, and you went the whole period of your pregnancy without protecting your skin. Or, let’s say that these methods failed to help you. There are still ways to reduce your stretch marks, especially while they are new.
The quicker you act, the better your chances of seeing an improvement. Do not wait until the scars begin to fade. If you see a dermatologist, he/she can help you decide whether to choose a prescription cream treatment or laser therapy treatment, which are the 2 most drastic, yet generally most effective methods.
To regain the skin’s tight feel and appearance, try using this recipe made with inexpensive products that you can probably find in your kitchen. In contrast to artificial moisturizers, this one does not contain any harsh chemicals. All you will need is some extra virgin olive oil and some used coffee grounds. Heat up the oil for no longer than 30 seconds then test it to make sure it will not be too hot on your skin. Pour the oil on a soft towel and sprinkle coffee grounds generously on top. Apply the mixture on your belly with the towel. This procedure can be done in your shower in order to avoid a mess, and will work on your butt and thighs as well to improve the tone of your skin, keep it hydrated, and prevent cellulite. The warm oil will quickly penetrate your skin, leaving it with a soft feel, while caffeine will invite blood into your dermis to keep it well-nourished.