Stretch marks can seem unavoidable. After all, when our bodies are growing, reshaping, and shifting from childhood into adolescence, and on into adulthood, every part of us grows – and this is even more true when we put on weight. Our skin tries its best to adjust to our new body sizes and shapes, but more often than not it tears and creates stretch marks. Although so many of us suffer from unpleasant stretch marks, you don’t have to wait around for more to appear. With a few different foods and skincare tips, you can work to prevent stretch marks from forming every day.
Eat More Gelatin
Gelatin might not be at the top of your favorite foods list, but it’s an excellent choice if you’re hoping to keep your skin in peak health. One of the primary ingredients in jello, gelatin helps skin form collagen, the all-important material that improves skin’s elasticity. The more collagen we have, the better our skin is able to bounce back and reshape. You probably don’t eat much gelatin on a daily basis, so try to increase your gelatin – or collagen – intake by seeking out ways to eat more of it. It will help your skin snap back into shape, and also improves the body’s ability to heal, reduces joint pain, and can fight the damage from free radicals upon skin.
Drink Enough Water
It’s important to stay hydrated for many reasons, but it’s crucial to drink more water when it comes to the health of your skin. Drink water every chance you get, and you’ll improve your skin’s elasticity. Experts recommend aiming for eight to 12 glasses of water daily, so swap your favorite sweet drinks for water instead to help heal your skin. If you feel as though your skin is dry, or you’re unable to focus throughout the day, you might need to drink more water.
Apply Coconut Oil
You may have seen coconut oil in many of the supermarkets you visit regularly, but it’s usually placed among other cooking oils. However, this oil can do more for your body when applied topically – full of saturated fatty acids, coconut oil keeps free radicals from damaging your skin and helps hold moisture in. Rub coconut oil onto your skin wherever you’re worried about stretch marks possibly appearing daily, right after showering, and your skin will soak it right up. The more hydrated and supple your skin is, the better it can adjust to physical changes.
Ingest More Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a necessary vitamin for many reasons, but it’s particularly helpful for staving off stretch marks. Like gelatin, vitamin C helps the body produce collagen – and it also repairs cartilage and reduces free radical damage, both of which can damage the skin and its healing abilities. Try to consume more foods with high vitamin C content to ingest it naturally rather than through diet supplements. Broccoli, red and green bell peppers, and kale are great sources of vitamin C.