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7. Avoid Prolonged Use of Corticosteroids
Although corticosteroids can be extremely helpful for some skin problems, prolonged use of topical corticosteroids cause thinning of the skin, which weakens it and makes it more prone to develop permanent stretch marks. Use these medications sparingly or intermittently to prevent stretch marks.
8. Get Your Vitamin E On!
This powerful antioxidant protects the collagen in your skin from free radical damage, which means your skin will be more elastic and flexible. Eat more foods high in vitamin E including almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, pumpkins, olives, avocados and pumpkins. You can also massage your skin with pure vitamin E oil or a cream containing vitamin E. You can also consume a vitamin E supplement after checking with your doctor.
9. Dry Brushing
Most people don’t know just how great dry brushing is for the skin and the body overall. Dry brushing will exfoliate the skin, remove the buildup of dead skin cells and trapped dirt, open pores, and stimulate circulation. Open pores will help the skin absorb any oils or creams you wish to apply, and improved circulation will remove toxins as well as bring fresh blood to the skin, removing old cells. Before showering or bathing, brush your skin in long sweeping strokes towards the heart using a soft, natural bristle brush designed for this purpose. Do this before each shower for about five minutes. You don’t need to brush so hard your skin turns red; gentle strokes will do the job just fine. Look for brushes with longer handles so you can reach your back and other hard-to-reach areas.
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