Forget about stretch marks. They tell your story

Stretch marks are set-in streaks that show up on your stomach, breasts, hips, butt, and thighs.  These long, thin, rippled marks are also called striae. If you have stretch marks, you probably wish they’d go away. They aren’t harmful to your health, but they are not great to look at, either. And even though they’ll never really go away, they might fade over time or with help from certain products and procedures.

There is no way to guarantee that you don’t get stretch marks, but there are tips to help reduce your risk. These would definitely include staying hydrated, helping keep your skin to stay soft. Cutting caffeine from your diet also helps. But if this is close to impossible, try to drink these in moderation and aim to increase your water intake.

Try to eat foods that help improve and promote healthy skin. Include foods that are rich in zinc, high in vitamin A, C and D as well as those rich in protein. Foods that are on the list include nuts, fish, carrots, fruits, dairy, lentils, beans, beef and chicken.

Exercise increases circulation and helps your body produce collagen. Increased circulation and collagen help your skin stay strong and stretchy.

Stretch marks are irregular areas of skin that look like bands, stripes, or lines. Stretch marks generally occurs when a person gains weight rapidly, puberty growth spurts, pregnancy, or has certain diseases, conditions or it’s genetic. They can occur in both males (in areas of weight gain, muscle growth & growth spurts) and females (especially when pregnant, and during the last trimester). There is no specific home care for stretch marks, and they do often disappear after the cause is gone.

Stretch marks are not painful, but can affect the mental health of some people, worrying about what people are thinking when looking at them.

Here are a few ideas that can assist in improving the condition, but rather consult a specialist or healthcare provider before going forward with any of these suggestions:

  • Tretinoin cream may help reduce stretch marks.
  • Laser treatment may also help.
  • In very rare cases, surgery may be done. Dermabrasion is a type of surgery. Your healthcare provider uses a specialized instrument to scrape away your stretch marks. The process improves your skin contour and results in smooth new skin.
  • Microneedling, is when your healthcare provider pokes your skin with thin needles. The tiny punctures stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin fibers to create firmer skin. Most people require between three and six treatments to see results.
  • Retinol comes from vitamin A. It’s an ingredient in many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-aging skin care creams because of its ability to improve wrinkles, skin texture and your skin’s hydration levels. Retinol creams may require at least six months of regular use before you see noticeable results.

The Spa experts at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa suggest that you investigate the side effects of any of the abovementioned treatments before trying them.

However just bear in mind that stretch marks will eventually go away or become less noticeable on their own and with constant self-care, including massage, stretch marks can be minimized.

Don’t be shy when you visit the “Mouse House” Spa team for a massage, as stretch marks do tell YOUR STORY. And while you are there, why not ask the therapists which treatment would be best suited for you.

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