What are Stretch Marks and How to Embrace it?

If a small scratch or zit on the skin is bothersome, stretch marks are definitely a reason to worry for many. After all, we take so much effort to maintain our skin to its best. However, stretch marks are something that is beyond our control, and hence, gives us a tough time. Let's know more about these linear marks on our thighs, their causes, and treatment.

What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are nothing but linear, reddish, purplish, whitish marks on the thighs, waist, stomach, arms, and other parts of the body that are usually caused due to over-stretching of skin. However, stretch marks on the thighs are highly common, and various causes lead to the appearance of these stretch marks.

Some of the most common causes of stretch marks are:

• Weight gain / rapid weight gain
• Weight loss / rapid weight loss
• Weight lifting
• Stressing your skin in any way
• Puberty
• Pregnancy
• Hormonal imbalance

Ways to Treat Stretch Marks

Topical Application of Moisturizers
Any kind of topical application act as an advantage for the skin for it keeps the skin's pH balance in check, improves the elasticity of the skin, and makes it look plump. Massaging the affected area with good and effective moisturizers, lotions or essential oils can work wonders in treating the stretch marks. They help to promote new cell growth giving rise to a renewed skin.

Choose Products with Natural, Effective Ingredients
When it comes to skincare, it is better to rely on brands that make optimum use of natural ingredients in their products. Using lotions with ingredients that are rich in Vitamin C, Berries Extract, Resveratrol, Vitamin E (helps in collagen production), Vitamin A, and Herbal Extract benefit the skin in more ways than one. Taking a diet rich in these nutrients too, is a great idea!

Exfoliate to Regenerate
Regular exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells from the affected area. This, in turn, gives way to the regeneration of new skin cells that will minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

Weight Control
Excess weight gain tends to stretch the skin a bit too much that when it cannot stretch beyond its capacity, it results in stretch marks. At the same time, rapid weight gain or rapid weight loss too can cause these marks. Hence, it's in the skin's best interest to maintain a healthy weight.

Home Remedies
Apart from the above-mentioned points, several home remedies can help to get rid of stretch marks. Applying, rubbing, or massaging lemon juice, egg white, or argan oil, olive oil, castor oil with a few drops of essential oil on the affected area may help in lightening the appearance of these marks.

How to Avoid Getting Stretch Marks?
Avoiding stretch marks many times depends on the type of skin; some skin type can easily avoid stretch marks while other may not. However, eating and drinking right will keep your skin healthy and hydrated, which helps in the process.

• Keep your skin hydrated by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water every day helps to increase the elasticity of the skin.
• Once you hydrate your skin internally, do it externally too, by topical applications of essential oils and moisturizers.
• Include a large amount of Vitamin C in your diet – orange, lemon, kiwi, tomatoes, spinach, berries, etc.
• Diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids is highly beneficial in curing stretch marks and other dry skin issues.

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