Dealing with scars and stretch marks
A scar refers to tissue that forms over a healing wound. It’s the body’s natural process of repair. The scar can be the result of injuries or even surgical procedures.
Stretch marks are those fine off-colour streaks or stripes on your skin are formed by your skin tearing and stretching when you rapidly gain and lose weight. It is also a common symptom of pregnancy. Stretch marks can appear on your arms, thighs, chest, hips and stomach.
Here is a quick help list of things you can do to reduce and combat the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
- Bio-oil and Vitamin E oil are effective in making scars and stretch marks lighter. Regularly massage the oil onto area that needs to be treated. You can also add a few drops to your bath or to your moiusturiser to give your skin even more attention.
- Do not pick at scars. You will only make it worse and even more visible than it already is.
- Moisturising your skin regularly helps improve your skin’s firmness and appearance. You could also try using moisturisers particularly formulated for stretch marks.
- Increasing your Vitamin C intake will work from the inside out to fade the marks you so wish would disappear.
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration causes your skin to lose firmness.
- Work out regularly and keep to a healthy weight. Again putting on and losing weight rapidly will cause your skin to stretch faster than your body can produce collagen, a protein that repairs and keeps the skin firm.
- Eat right so that your skin can get the important nutrients to help your skin stay healthy and renew itself.
- Use sunscreen if you are out and about in the sun to prevent your stretch marks from looking worse than they already do.
Follow these easy tips and take control of your scars and stretch and learn to love the skin you're in.
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