Collagen and elastin fibers ate protein substances that keep the skin elastic and firm. Stretch marks appear when these fibers tear under the influence of hormones or because of the overstretching of the skin ( in sudden gain or loss of weight).At first, stretch marks are red or purple in color , but gradually become white or silver. They usually appear in areas like breasts, buttocks, abdomen, arms, buttocks, hips, and even back. As seen at stretchmarkshop, the best way to prevent these scar lesions is to keep the skin very well moisturized in order to maintain its elasticity.
Vitamins A, B, C and E are called “beauty vitamin”. Without them, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to prematurely age. Vitamin A helps to strengthen skin tissue and help it become more elastic. Also, vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and prevents the premature skin aging. This vitamin is found in the majority of stretch marks cream, but it is also available the form of oil (which can be applied on the skin).Rich sources of this vitamin are found in foods such as carrots, milk, eggs, tomatoes, oranges, lettuce, or butter.
The vitamin B-complex is essential to a healthy skin; it gives it radiance and luminosity. The most important for skin elasticity is vitamin B9 or folic acid. This vitamin participates in the process of regeneration of the cells. Deficiency of this vitamin is the origin of all skin problems. It is found in fresh fruits and vegetables like: cabbage, asparagus, spinach, green beans and also dairy products, meat, eggs and liver. Unfortunately, boiling destroys it partially or totally, so it is recommended to eat raw vegetables. Also vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid promotes the strength of skin and hair. We can find it in eggs, meat, vegetables and milk.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is powerful antioxidant that protects the body cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. It is one of the most important substances that prevent the occurrence of stretch marks because it helps to form collagen fibers. Also it prevents the premature aging of the skin, reduces excess sebum and accelerates wound healing. High contents of this vitamin are found in foods like: lemon, orange, papaya, apples, strawberries, grapefruit, watermelon, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, mangoes, potatoes, cabbage, spinach, blueberry and green tea.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that can slow the skin aging process by protecting the skin cells against damaging factors. It is very important for the skin because it is a regulator of vitamin A and both can prevent the occurrence of stretch marks.