How to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks

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How to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks most of us have them somewhere on our bodies and most of us know how or why they arrived. But once they are here, what can we do to reduce stretch marks and help our skin to repair? Firstly we need to look at how we get stretch marks and understand what causes stretch marks because prevention is always better than cure. It may be too late for some of us to bolt the stable door on stretch marks, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take precautions to prevent more from appearing and consider the best treatment for stretch marks.

The Best Thing for Stretch Marks

Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, weighs around 3.5kilos and covers over 2 square meters – sounds like a rather compact tent – and in reality that is exactly what it is; a protective, waterproof covering for our bodies. Collagen is found in the dermis, or middle layer of skin, that sits between the epidermis (outer layer) and subcutaneous tissues and is the most abundant protein in our skin accounting for 75% of its structure. It controls the elasticity of our skin which means it is directly responsible for whether we have fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. From the age of 25, our collagen reserves are depleting so trying to maintain levels is something we should all be thinking about long before we notice the effects of collagen depletion.

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What Causes Stretch Marks

Stretch marks occur when your body grows faster than your skin’s collagen can cope with. Collagen and elastin proteins can only stretch so far. Once they exceed this limit they tear leaving a mark on the skin known as a stretch mark. It is a common occurrence in pregnant women but also occur in teens that grow very quickly and in people that have experienced weight gain and weight-loss. Once they have appeared, like any scar, removing them completely is difficult. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t help to improve their appearance and this is where collagen can lend a helping hand with collagen stimulating treatments.

The Best Solution for Stretch Marks

Collagen is the best solution for stretch marks because it is a protein, in fact, it is the most plentiful protein found in our bodies. Amino acids are an essential part of the collagen boosting process along with vitamin C. Eating a diet that is high in amino acids (proteins) and vitamin C (any fruits or vegetables) can all help to boost dwindling collagen levels which in turn will help to make your skin more supple. Not only will this help with reducing the appearance of stretch marks, but supple skin will stretch better preventing them from appearing in the first place.

How can I boost my collagen levels?

In reality, stretch mark creams are generally not going to help boost your levels as the molecular structure of the Anti-C Creams are too large for the body to absorb. They will, however, keep your skin more supply which can help the skin stretch easier and of course the massaging motion used to apply creams will help to improve blood flow to the area which can indeed help with the skin’s healing and conditioning process. The best way to boost your collagen levels is to look at what you put in your body through diet or supplements. Try to combine protein-rich foods like chicken, fish, eggs and dairy products with citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and leafy greens that are high in vitamin C and mineral rich foods like nuts, shellfish, whole grains and beans.

What Supplements can help Stretch Marks

Collagen shots are a great way to get a high dose of hydrolysed marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, minerals and vitamin C which will help with collagen production throughout your body. This direct hit will help your skin’s elasticity and ability to stretch, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. After much research, My advice is to enjoy Rejuvenated, a proven, clinically tested and award-winning range of collagen supplements.

What is the Best Treatment for Stretch Marks? 

Whatever stage your skin is at, it is never too late to start a body sculpting plan, which involves the best treatments for stretch marks – (HIFU) High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Micro-Needling. Ok so you can’t turn back the clock on your skin’s condition completely, but you can help to improve it going forward. Prevention is better than cure – we all know that, and if you are lucky enough to have got this far without developing skin issues, then starting a body sculpting plan now is indeed something you should consider. Take a look at your diet and start to increase the levels of amino acid rich foods and foods that contain vitamins C and essential minerals and back this up with some collagen shots and skin complex from rejuvenated for a super high dose to really get your collagen production moving and get in touch about some body sculpting plan.

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