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Reduce Stretch Marks Effectively

Updated on February 16, 2013

Want to find ways to reduce stretch marks? Most women do; and perhaps some men, too.

Personally, I think my stretch marks rock! They remind me of how my body used to be; and how I’m not going back to a heavy weight again.

Be it good or a bad thing, it's nice to reduce stretch marks as natural as possible. There are many ways to lighten these marks and at very reasonable prices, too.

But first, let’s briefly discuss the causes of stretch marks.

Creams to reduce stretch marks

Ways to reduce stretch marks

Stretch marks are visible skin scars or marks often caused by:

  • pregnancy
  • sudden weight change (weight loss or weight gain)
  • hormonal changes (e.g. puberty)

Some scars are light while some are heavily indented to our body. Stretch marks are often found on our hips, butt, upper and lower extensions of our body.

We can reduce stretch marks or the appearance of it by applying topical creams and moisturizers. There are affordable brands like Nivea and Jergens that manufacture lotions and creams, specifically to reduce stretch marks.
In choosing stretch mark creams, make sure to buy those with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Apply them as early as the first signs stretch mark appearances.

Another way to reduce stretch marks or perhaps the more proper term would be permanent removal of stretch marks is by cosmetic surgeries. There are laser treatments that can help “erase” any of your stretch marks problems. This is a costly exercise though, and I’m not one to spend a good dollar to reduce stretch marks.

Exercise is the best (and cheapest) way to reduce stretch marks!
Exercise is the best (and cheapest) way to reduce stretch marks!

Reduce stretch marks naturally

I prefer to reduce stretch marks naturally. That's with proper diet and exercise. They'd also help you with your weight loss endeavors. When we take care of our body, we take care of our skin, as well. Fight stretch marks even before they arise.

And so for me, the truly best way to reduce stretch marks is by regular exercise. Doing cardio exercises have made my stretch marks lighter and less visible. Running or swimming helps tighten our skin. If you want a faster effect, try sprinting exercises once or twice a week.

Proper diet also helps. Eat foods that are good for skin nutrition. As mentioned above vitamins A, C and E help with stretch marks. Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. These foods fight foreign elements that may be harmful for your skin and body. More so, they help slow down the effects of aging.

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