Health & Medical Skin Conditions & Dermatology

Exercise and Oil: Some Preventative Measures to Reduce Stretch Marks

In pregnancy, heredity plays an important role in determining who will have and will not have stretch marks.
If your mother has had them, chances are that you will get them too, unless you were born with stretchy skin.
There is no sure shot remedy for stretch marks as mostly they fade after delivery.
Prevention is always a good solution to stretch marks and below are some recommendations: - Massage Vitamin E or olive oil on the abdomen areas from the beginning of your pregnancy.
Massage it liberally over the marks after a shower.
In case you skip a shower, clean the area with a damp cloth and then apply the oil.
- Consistent exercise helps to tone your muscles and keep your skin firm.
(see below for some exercises) - Maintain healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids.
Plenty of proteins and vitamin C & E foods should be included in your diet.
Increase your intake of minerals such as zinc and silica to maintain healthy skin.
- One ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil with 7-8 drops of lavender and chamomile oils is a tried and true homemade recipe.
- Avoid excessive weight gain in a short time span.
- Cocoa butter reduces stretch marks and helps to keep the skin supple.
- Wear a glove and massage your skin to increase circulation.
- While massaging stretch mark prone areas of your body with body oil, add coconut and almond oil.
Daily massage with Olive oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil or vitamin E oil after shower or before sleeping is an excellent home remedy for either preventing or treating stretch marks.
- To avoid stretch marks around breasts, wear a supportive maternity bra.
Gentle exercises for the abdominal muscles can be started as soon as pregnancy has been confirmed or even as pregnancy is being planned.
Some exercises to tone the abdominals: Exercise 1: Standing straight up, raise both arms above the head.
Bend forward slowly to touch your toes.
Hold the position for about 100 seconds.
Then slowly straighten up.
Do this exercise at least once daily.
Exercise 2: Standing erect, raise both arms above the head and clasp your hands.
Now bend slowly to your left as far down as you feel comfortable.
Hold for a count of 10.
Straighten up slowly and then bend to your right.
Hold to a count of 10.
Straighten up.
Exhale as you are bending and inhale while straightening up.
This makes one set.
Do at least 3 sets once daily.
Exercise 3: Stand straight with feet about a foot apart.
Place hands on your back at the waist.
Slowly bend back, as far back as you feel comfortable.
Hold to a count of 10.
Straighten up.
Now bend forward slowly, hold the position to a count of 10.
Then straighten up.
Exhale as you are bending and inhale while straightening up.
This makes one set.
Do at least 3 sets once daily.
These three exercises will strengthen the abdominal and back muscles as well as gently stretch the skin.
They also improve one's posture during pregnancy.
A Good Diet: Practice a good diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and adequate liquids.
And do not forget your daily vitamins.
This will ensure healthy and supple skin.
But what happens if the stretch marks have already occurred? How do I get rid of them? The good thing about stretch marks is that they fade over time.
When they are initially formed, they are reddish or purplish, but later they become thin silvery lines that may not be visible at first glance.
The elastin and collagen growth can be stimulated to some extent by cocoa butter, Vitamin E, wheat germ oil and lanolin.

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