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Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?

The human body is a complex system. Most of the time the body functions without much intervention from its owner. It does, however, require the correct ingredients to function correctly. When there is a problem it is often indicated externally - this is the case with stretch marks.

The following are some easy tips to prevent stretch marks.

Do not gain weight rapidly.

In relation to stretch marks this means collagen and elastin may not be produced fast enough. These elements are essential for keeping your skin flexible and smooth. Most women have a few stretch marks from being pregnant.

Keep your body hydrated. You have undoubtedly heard it before, but there is never too much information on the benefit of drinking water. Water helps to prevent stretch marks by helping the body stay moisturized.

There are constant debates over the amount of water an individual should consume. The best indicator is your urine. Urine that is close to colorless is an indication that you are well hydrated.

You read everywhere that you should drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. Very few people manage that and consider that every fluid they drink counts. Cola and coffee actually dehydrate you. 

Exercise. Daily exercise is just as important as staying hydrated. The two work together to keep your body free of toxins. Exercise will also keep your body well toned and keep excess fat at bay. Strength training is a good method for toning, but a daily walk is all that is necessary for many people to stay in good health.

Moisturize your skin. Applying a moisturizer helps to keep your skin supple and smooth. You want to use products with natural ingredients.

Stretch mark prevention oil is available from many retailers - try and get recommendations from friends before buying.

Pregnant women are susceptible to stress-marks and a moisturizer with natural ingredients assures the mother that no harm will come to her baby as a result of using the product. Many mothers recommend using a natural product such as cocoa butter.

When you take care of your body it will take care of you. As long as you nourish your body and keep it healthy you should be able to minimize stretchmarks, even from pregnancy and childbirth.

Now if you already have those stretch marks - there are some new products on the market that claim to reduce the appearance of those marks.  Don't forget that vitamin E oil is a great skin protector.  You can use the vitamin E capsules - just use a sterile pin to puncture the capsule and then squeeze it on your skin.

Since scars are scars you might want to check out the article Fade Acne Scars

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