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First of all let’s start by saying congratulations! As a new mom, caring for your little one is all that occupies your mind.
You hardly think of yourself these days and getting back to your shape before pregnancy seems nearly impossible. Also, stretch marks have decided to show up and remind you every day of the journey ahead.
Good news is staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and using natural oils all help reduce the visibility of stretch marks.
Of course, we’d break it down:
Drinking enough water will help keep your skin hydrated and soft. The current recommendation for daily water intake is 8 glasses of water, that’s about 2 litres. If you drink coffee, make sure you’re balancing out your fluid intake with plenty of water and other caffeine-free fluids. Hydrating helps improve your skin elasticity, thus evening out those rude stretch marks.
Vitamins and Minerals
As a new mom, your diet should always contain Vitamins C. Collagen .s a huge role in keeping your skin strong and elastic. Take fruits such as oranges and lemons and vegetables. Expose yourself to the sun to soak up vitamin D as maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D helps reduce stretch marks. Vitamin E is also another antioxidant that is awesome for dealing with stretch marks as it is known for its skin regenerating benefits. It’s often used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Almonds, spinach, avocado, shrimps are all good .s of vitamin E.
Coconut oil is highly emollient and can help keep skin hydrated. This will make it more elastic and less prone to stretch marks. Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce healing time for existing stretch marks. Coconut oil can be used to brighten the skin which makes it great for eliminating those dark ugly stretch marks. You can try massaging it directly into your stretch marks to lighten them, or mix it with lemon juice prior to using.
Shea Butter and Olive oil
Shea butter is often used to hydrate the skin, improves blood circulation to the skin and promote wound healing. Olive oil which contains antioxidants reduce stretch marks too. Mixing Shea butter and olive oil will keep the surrounding skin healthy and glowing.
The primary benefit . is deep moisturizing from the oil, which will soothe any itchiness and keep your stretch marks from drying out. Keeping these types of scars moisturized will make them less noticeable over time as they fade. So when dealing with stretch marks, do not forget to add Castor oil to your kit.
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