Imagine this sitch: You’re trying on a new suit, struttin’
your stuff in front of the mirror, striking pose after pose…until you notice
those pale, silver blemishes that stand out against your skin. Total nightmare,
right? Those blemishes are called stretch marks, sweetie, and we’re all
probably gonna get them at some point in our lives. But hey, that doesn’t have
to happen this summer, right? Prevent these not-so-pretty lines, pronto, with
our best tips ever.
Taking care of your skin is one of the best defenses there
is against stretch marks. Look for products packed with aloe vera, shea butter,
cocoa butter, tea tree oil and vitamins A and E. Other powerful ingredients to
hunt down? Retinoids, alpha hydroxyl acid, peptides and hyaluronic acid—all of
these babies help restore and regenerate skin cells. Our pick: Palmer’s Cocoa
Butter Formula, Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, $6 at drug stores.
Foods with zinc, vitamins A, C and E, along with protein are
major for your skin. Eating lean meat, chicken, nuts, fish, citrus, leafy
greens, yellow and orange veggies, brightly colored fruits, eggs and milk will
def keep your skin lookin’ good. Cut back big time on foods high in trans fat
and refined sugar. Basically, the longer the list of ingredients on the back of
the box, the less natural the food is. Opt for all natural whenever possible.
Exercise isn’t just what keeps your abs lookin’ fab. Workout
out for just 20 minutes a day, five times a week will make you feel more
energetic, maintain a healthy wait and strengthen your skin. How’s that for
Gulping down H2O 24/7 will keep your complexion clear. Opt
for at least eight glasses of the clear stuff a day—and no, juices and sodas
don’t count. Water is what keeps you hydrated, preventing your skin from drying
out, becoming oily and easily damaged.
BY ERIN MILLER ON 3/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN skin problems, bust breakouts