We develop stretch marks when our bodies are suddenly subjected to excessive stretching of the skin whether through rapid weight gain, growth spurts, bulking up muscle when in training or from being pregnant. Keep in mind that stretch marks occur when your skin grows at a significantly faster rate than normal. This causes the skin to stretch, tear and may cause unsightly violet colored marks on your body.
While it is possible to treat stretch marks symptoms once they have appeared, it is a good idea to prevent stretch marks from occurring in the first place.
Men also get stretch marks but these are often not so visible because they tend to be covered by hair. Apart from the usual causes, stretch marks in men can occur as a result of disease such as Cushing's Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome, Diabetes and even the over use of steroid hormones.
There are various ways in which you can prevent stretch marks, especially if you are pregnant or hope to become pregnant shortly:
- Limit your weight gain to no more than the recommended 25 to 35 pounds in total and do it gradually with a good, balanced and nutritious diet so that your skin stretches at a steady rate. This is important both for your developing baby and to contribute to the strength and health of your skin. Your diet should include lots of those foods that promote skin health (foods rich in vitamins A, C and D such as carrots, citrus fruits, milk; foods rich in zinc such as nuts and fish; and those foods rich in protein such as eggs). Vitamins B and C are two vitamins known to help keep skin healthy through cell reproduction and elasticity.
- Sunlight is an important source of vitamin D too, so whenever you can (daily is best), spend 15 to 20 minutes in the sun.
- Use a brush or wash cloth to massage and improve the circulation to any area where you have noticed stretch marks or want to prevent them from starting.
- Moisturize your skin right from the first trimester (especially those areas that are vulnerable to stretch marks) and keep it up until well after you have given birth and returned to your pre-pregnancy weight. H-Stretch Marks Formula is gentle and effective for use during pregnancy and nursing and is applied topically 3 times a day as a preventative measure as well as a symptomatic treatment for existing stretch marks symptoms.
- Drinking lots of water can also help prevent stretch marks – your skin is the first organ to suffer if you become dehydrated. Those 8 glasses per day are essential and if you drink coffee, tea or any other caffeinated drinks, then drink extra water to balance your fluid intake. Increasing your water intake can't be stressed enough because not only will it aid in relieving the constipation that is common in pregnancy but it will keep the skin hydrated and elastic.
- Don't forget to take your vitamins as this is another way to ensure proper nutritional status.
- Keep up with gentle exercise which promotes blood circulation, which in turn helps nourish the skin. Walking, trotting lightly on a treadmill or swimming are examples. All of these will keep skin happy and glowing. And don't give up once the baby is born.
The real trick to preventing stretch marks is to start a healthy skin maintenance ritual before they even begin. H-Stretch Marks Formula will put you ahead of the game, and guarantee a greater chance of preventing and/or eliminating those stretch marks.