Stretch-marks

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June 10, 2016

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks

While stretch marks are just a daily hassle for some women, there are ways to reduce their appearance with the use of exercise.

Rather than resorting to expensive and risky cosmetic procedures, simply try the following quick and relatively painless workouts which will have your skin looking brand new in no time.

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T-pushups

This exercise works the chest and core muscles by tightening up the skin – especially if you already suffer from stretch marks on your cleavage.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks

Start in a pushup position with your arms bended and hands flat on the ground, then push off to one side and extend your arm upwards. Twist your torso and this way your ankles will develop into a line in the centre. Repeat this step on both sides of your body.

Lateral leg circles

Targeted to the bottom half of your body, leg circles are the best way to tone your leg muscles and also smooth out any lines or stretch marks. Use an exercise ball for extra stability, or just kneel on the floor with one side of body leaning against the wall.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks Keep one knee bent, but extend the other leg outwards and make circular movements. For best results you should do 10 circles clockwise and 10 circles anti-clockwise for each leg.

Leg pelvic thrust

Do you have any irritating stretch marks on your bottom that just won’t go away? Say goodbye to those pesky marks on your skin by performing a leg pelvic thrust. Lie down with both of your knees bent at a 90º angle, then slowly push your right leg off of the floor.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks

This should leave your hips flexed outwards and your arms down flat by your side. Extend your right leg upwards (or as high as you can), before switching to the other side.

Strength training

Keep stretch marks away by taking part in consistent strength training exercises. Not only will this tone the entire body, but it will easily reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks as you train.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks It is always best to start off slowly and then build your endurance, since weight training can sometimes cause stretch marks from appearing due to over-working the body.

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September 22, 2014

Stretch Marks – Can I get Rid Of Them?

As summer fast approaches and it’s time to start shopping for bathing suits again you may be a little apprehensive about that two piece suit because your stretch marks are out in full force. But you’re not alone.  According to recent studies almost 90 per cent of women develop stretch marks when they are pregnant and almost 70 per cent of people develop stretch marks of some degree during puberty. Rapid weight gain is also another cause of stretch marks. So what are they and can we do anything to get rid of them?

What are stretch marks?

They are purple-red scars which form on our bodies when our skin becomes stretched beyond its capacity. When it is stretched too much the underlying tissues in our skin tear and then our body responds by forming scar tissue which are the red, pink or purple marks you see on your body. Over time, they fade to a silvery line and may look slightly indented.

Will they ever disappear?

Unfortunately, no. Stretch marks are scars so they are permanent, but there are a few ways you can reduce the appearance of them.

Can over the counter creams help them to fade?

Unfortunately the studies conducted on stretch mark removal creams haven’t been all that promising. That is because most creams or lotions can’t penetrate deep down into the dermis layer of your skin which is where the stretch marks form. Having said that, there are also studies that have shown that certain moisturizers may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and those moisturisers are the ones with high levels of Vitamin E and collagen. Remember, if you choose to try a cream or lotion it won’t be a quick fix. You’ll need to apply the moisturiser daily and it could be months before you see an improvement (if any).

Is there anything else I can try to reduce the appearance of stretch marks?

If you’re really self-conscious about your stretch marks then you could consider having laser treatments to reduce the appearance of them.  This method uses short pulses of laser light to penetrate deep into the skin and remove some of the damaged tissue before our bodies then rebuild with new collagen and elastin, resulting in a healthier appearance.  It’s not cheap though and you’ll need more than one session to see any real improvement.

Is there anything cheaper?

If your stretch marks are older and have turned a silvery colour, a good sunless tanning product can cover them up.  There are numerous products that you can apply at home and last for weeks, even after many showers.  Alternatively if you’re not confident doing it yourself, consider having an expert do it and indulge in a day at the beauty salon.  If you’re thinking about getting out in the sun and tanning that way, think again.  Stretch marks don’t tan, so you’ll probably end up making them even more noticeable.

Can I do anything to prevent them?

If you’re pregnant and worried about developing stretch marks then consider purchasing something like Bio Oil, which is specifically aimed at reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.  Although it won’t actually prevent them, it may help reduce the severity if you start using it early on in pregnancy and if nothing else it will leave you skin soft and smooth.  Try eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water to prevent rapid weight gain which can be the cause of stretch marks.

Unfortunately for some, stretch marks are unavoidable and here to stay.  But you’re not alone, so when you step out on the beach this summer in your bathing suit remember that there many other women in the same situation as you.

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August 12, 2014