Monday, May 9, 2011

How To Avoid Stretch Marks in Pregnancy?

Stretch marks are scars in the tissue starting on the inside of the dermis and eventually manifest on the outter layer of the epidermis. Prevention tactics should start below the surface.

As weight increases our body size also expands requiring stretching of the skin. Our skin can take up the expansion to a certain limit owing to the elasticity. After that it starts showing pinkish lines. Once these lines are formed on the surface of the body, it is very hard to get rid of them. There are some simple home remedies that can help you prevent these unwanted lines. Given below are the top 5 tips for preventing stretch marks.

How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy?

Secret 1 : Take hot water bath. It opens the pores of the skin. It also helps in strengthening the epidermis which further diminishes the appearance of stretch marks.

Secret 2: Massage the vulnerable areas at least once each day. The skin responds best immediatly after hydrotherapy (shower or bath). It's easy to work a quick gentle massage into your daily routine immediately after showering and prior to getting dressed. Pregnancy stretch marks are mainly formed on the breast, lower belly, hips and thighs. You should massage all these areas at least once a day during the second and third trimester to increase circulation to the skin and give it opportunities to stretch and mold regularly. Massaging with an inexpensive oil such as almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil enhances the experience and moisturizes the skin while you're getting ready for the day.

Secret 3: Drink lots of water. Drink at least 72 ounces of water every day. It keeps your skin hydrated & glowing.

Secret 4: Have lots of zinc and vitamin A, C & E in your food. Eat foods rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Add Vitamin E or Grape Seed Oil capsules as a nutritional supplement. These oils restore the collagen of the skin and make it more elastic.

Secret 5 : Use high quality moisturizers. You can choose to apply natural & organic creams. These are a fine blend of natural products that prove fruitful in curing & preventing these scars caused due to pregnancy. Fennel is one of the best supplements available to maximize elasticity.

Avoid any lotion or cream that contains mineral oil!!! If you prefer use natural and organic oils such as tea tree oil, castor oil, vitamin E oil, aloe vera gel, olive oil, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, or shea butter. I personally prefer to slather a generous portion of pure cocoa butter on belly each day after I shower. It only takes 2-5 minutes of moisturizing massage to check Secret 2 and Secret 5 off my list in one step.

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