How to get rid of stretch marks. What causes and how to get rid of stretch marks.

Stretch marks are visible lines on the skin surface, mainly found in the abdominal wall, but can also occur over the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts. Pregnancy is obviously one of the main causes of stretch marks, but rapid weight gain or loss, rapid growth and stress can also result in stretch marks. Another factor is genetics, which has a hand to play in whether you will be affected by stretch marks or not.

Around 75 per cent of all women have some sort of stretch marks during their lifetime. They are basically scarring which appears on the dermis – as opposed to the epidermis which is where conventional scarring from injury will appear. If you have a lighter complexion, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks whilst darker-skinned women get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.

What are stretch marks?
The skin consists of three main layers: The epidermis (the outer layer), dermis (the middle layer) and subcutaneous or hypodermic (which is the deepest layer). Stretch marks form in the dermis or middle layer of the skin when the connective tissue is stretched beyond the power of its flexibility – usually because of the rapid speed that the skin is stretched. The collagen is weakened and its normal production cycle is interrupted and damaged. This ultimately results in fine scars under the top layer of the skin. Initially the marks look pink or red, but over time a thin, silvery line appears on the skin surface.

How to get rid of stretch marks
There are several things you can do to reduce the appearance of stretch marks – as unfortunately there is nothing you can do to avoid getting them – especially if you are pregnant.
Drink a lot of water. The body is made up of a lot of water – so it makes sense that to have smooth, youthful skin you need to keep it hydrated! Good for your skin, and all other functions within the body.

Use a good quality body lotion of the affected area. Keep your skin hydrated with a good quality, rich lotion or cream. It will make your skin feel and look smoother and more toned.

Use a home treatment. There is a product which can be used at home for 5 minutes each area – just 2 to 3 times a week which will dramatically improve the appearance of your cellulite – as the photos show.

To find out more about this treatment and how to get rid of stretch marks click here.

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How to get rid of cellulite. What causes and how to get rid of cellulite.

If you have ‘orange peel’ arms and legs, your not alone. About 90 per cent of women have cellulite, which are fat cells underneath the top layer of the skin that have squeezed between bands of connective tissue, or collagen, attaching muscle to your skin. As we age, our skin gets looser and thinner, and connective tissue becomes weaker. Therefore it appears that we get cellulite as we age – but in fact it has probably been there all along –it just wasn’t visible. Also we tend to put on weight as we age and lose lean muscle, so we lose the firmness in our skin.

Although it is found in the fatty tissue, it can affect both slim and curvy women. There is no health issues associated with cellulite – but it just doesn’t look nice – especially when you are on holiday or in the summer when your legs and arms are on show more. In a recent UK survey, readers ranked cellulite as their number-one beauty concern and fifty-seven per cent of women have worn clothing over their bathing suits to camouflage it, according to a study commissioned by Nivea

What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is almost exclusively a female problem. This is because woman’s skin is different from that of a man, and cellulite is primarily about estrogen. As estrogen is released into a woman’s body, fluid builds up in fatty tissues. Also women have more fatty tissue than men – particularly throughout the thighs and hips. Dermatologists also think that poor circulation, which is primarily genetic, can exacerbate the look of lumps.

The lymphatic system also plays a critical role in the development of cellulite. Our sweat glands, kidneys, liver and lymph system are all critical to ridding our bodies of toxins, and toxic build-up is one of major causes of cellulite.

How to get rid of cellulite
There are several things you can do to reduce cellulite.

Reduce the amount of toxins in your diet. Our food now is full of toxins, preservatives, e-numbers, additives, chemicals and sugar! All of these put a stress on your lymph system so start reading labels and try to eradicate as many chemicals from your diet as possible.

Reduce your sugar intake. Sugar interferes with Vitamin C metabolism and vitamin C is critical to the formation of elastin and collagen, to maintain youthful looking skin.
Exercise. Regular exercise increases muscle tone and gets rid of fat –both of which help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Use a home treatment. There is a product which can be used at home for 5 minutes each area – just 2 to 3 times a week which will dramatically improve the appearance of your cellulite – as the photos show.
To find out more about this treatment and how to eradicate your cellulite click here.

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