12 Best Ways To Prevent Stretch Marks

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It is much easier to prevent stretch marks on your skin than to minimize or reverse them later. If you are trying to become pregnant, if you just found out that you are pregnant, or if you plan on starting a body building routine, then you will want to pay attention to this article.

Not all stretch marks happen because of an overstretching of the skin; other factors such as a genetic predisposition or certain medications can increase your chances of developing stretch marks.

Want to know the best ways to prevent stretch marks before they raise their ugly red heads? Keep reading! We will outline the 12 best ways you can prevent the most common types of stretch marks, and keep that smooth, lovely skin no matter your age.

If you are pregnant or if you are taking certain medications, always consult your doctor before consuming any supplements or herbal products for your own safety, and for the safety of your little one.

 

1.  Zinc

Believe it or not, many people get stretch marks because of a deficiency of zinc. This natural trace mineral is used in the production of collagen, which keeps the skin firm and flexible. It also has plenty of antioxidant compounds that can help prevent free radical damage. You can take a supplement after speaking with your doctor for the proper dosage or get more zinc by consuming more whole grains, nuts, organic beef, chicken, eggs, and legumes.

 

2. Coconut Oil

This is one of the best skin moisturizers ever! Rub virgin coconut oil into your skin at least twice a day for best results, rubbing it in thoroughly. Other oils that work well are avocado oil, emu oil, olive oil, and shea butter.

 

3. Vitamin C

For beautiful skin, vitamin C is a must! The body uses this vitamin to build both cartilage and collagen. Besides improving your immune system, this vitamin stops the damage caused by free radicals, which literally eat collagen and elastin. Your body doesn’t absorb vitamin C very well from supplements, so get it from natural sources such as red bell peppers, broccoli, parsley greens, guavas, oranges, kale, grapefruit, blueberries, turnips, and strawberries.

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  • GraceQuintero

    I’m 38 weeks pregnant and have been using dermelastic serum religiously since my first trimester to prevent stretch marks. So far so good! I even read on google.com that they recommend this serum to help promote skin elasticity. Ultimately genetics will always play a roll, but it felt good to be doing something to prevent stretch marks if possible. The other plus is it didn’t seem to stain to my clothes at all. And I use it EVERY day.