Collagen in the skin is known as the main building blocks of what is known as connective tissue. This connective tissue is what gives the skin elasticity, when there is a disturbance in collagen stretch marks can develop. Collagen is needed to keep your skin stretchy, so the less there is in your skin, the more likely it is that stretch marks will develop.
Stretch marks appear when your skin is stretched suddenly, most common ways are through pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss. They occur in the strong middle layer of your skin (the dermis), which supports your skin’s outer surface (the epidermis). Their severity is affected by several factors, including your genetic tendency, degree of stress on the skin and cortisone level. Cortisone — a hormone produced by the adrenal glands — weakens elastic fibers in the skin.
While many of us are genetically destined to meet a stretch mark fate, there are some things you can do to curb your chances of ending up with the pesky stripes.
- Avoid rapid weight gain or loss
- Eat a diet is rich in protein
- Keep skin well moisturized which allows for more give and stretch without trauma to the skin
Ways to treat stretch marks
Bio Oil treats aging skin, dehydrated skin, uneven skin tones, blemishes, stretch marks and even old scars. It works best if you apply it by massaging it into the area that is affected twice a day until the skin has fully absorbed the oil.
Staying well-hydrated is indeed an excellent way to reduce the possibility of getting unsightly marks on your skin. Dry skin is less elastic than healthy, well-hydrated skin. If your skin is moisturized, you are less likely to develop stretch marks, as your skin can adapt to changes in your body weight and shape more easily. If you are prone to stretch marks, make sure you use a moisturizing product after you shower every day to help seal in moisture. Also, eat a nutritious diet, with plenty of antioxidants such as vitamin A and C to help protect your skin.
Known for years as a natural remedy for skin issues, aloe vera is also effective when it comes to minimizing the appearance of stretch marks. With its cooling and healing components, you can achieve positive results from using this herbal remedy regularly. Just get few small aloe vera leafs, and use this to rub on your skin for a few minutes. Next, rinse the area off with lukewarm water.
An exceptional moisturizer, cocoa butter is renowned for its anti-aging properties while promoting circulation and reducing stretch marks. Just take a tablespoon of cocoa butter and massage on the affected portion gently. Do this technique twice a day for at least two months until you notice an improvement on your skin.
Gold helps to restore the elasticity of the tissues, slows down collagen depletion and the breakdown of elating to prevent sagging skin.