After giving birth to lovely babies, women are left with deep stretch marks. They are common, but most of them try hard to get rid of stretch marks. After trying different cosmetic creams and few home remedies they compromise to live with these embarrassing lines.
I don’t assure you that vitamin C for stretch marks works effectively. But, anecdotal reports claim that regular application of vitamin C serum can reduce striae.
What Can Be Done About Stretch Marks?
You can’t completely get rid of stretch marks. However, using cosmetic creams and home remedies you can lighten its appearance.
In some cases stretch marks fade naturally, cosmetic creams and home remedies help to lighten them quickly.
Sudden gain or loss in weight, puberty and pregnancy results in stretching of dermis layer, which tears the skin in different spots. As a result you see linear striae on upper layer of the skin. (1)
How Vitamin C for Stretch Marks Works?
Because of its nutritional benefits, your body needs vitamin C. You can get vitamin C through diet or supplements.
- You can ingest rich amount of vitamin C foods or topically massage your skin with vitamin C cream or serum.
- Exceptional properties of this vitamin stimulate collagen production, which is responsible to support blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and improve elasticity of the skin.
- Antioxidant agents of vitamin C thwart free radicals and save skin from harmful UV rays.
- Vitamin C can reduce brown spots and lighten stretch marks.
- Fasten the healing process of minor wounds, minor burns and fade scars.
- Impurities and dead cells accumulated over the skin can be cleansed to obtain radiant skin.
- Improves blood circulation, heals skin cells, bring back moisture, enhance elasticity and improves skin texture.
Not just to get rid of stretch marks, you can use vitamin C to overall healthy functioning of the skin.
Note: Decades of research back benefits of vitamin C, but as one food isn’t sufficient to supply all essential nutrients to your body, likewise one single ingredient can’t solely improve your overall skin texture.
How to Use Vitamin C to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
Foods and Supplements
Consuming vitamin C rich foods or fruits can’t at once lighten stretch marks. But, it will gradually prevent stretching of dermis layer.
Antioxidants in these fruits, restrain free radicals that damage cell membrane.
Foods with vitamin C include: Citrus fruits, tomato, peas, papaya, strawberries, broccoli, kiwi fruit, kale, yellow bell peppers, guavas, melons, cauliflower, cilantro, thyme, basil and other herbs.
Vitamin C serum
Experts recommend both oral and topical treatment for healthy skin. Though anecdotal reports claim effectiveness of vitamin C serum, no scientific evidence backs this claim.
So, it’s recommended to patch test before applying it over the skin.
Dr. Emily Kane says that topical application of vitamin C can improve skin growth and lighten stretch marks in early stage. In case of old stretch marks, skin structure is altered and there is no cream that can bring the layers back.
A health blogger shared her experience of using vitamin C on stretch marks. (Read here)
Topical ointments recommended by dermatologist which include vitamin C and other vitamins can help you fade stretch marks. However, remember that you can’t completely fade deep stretch marks.
Wash your skin with water and pat dry with a cloth. Take few drops of vitamin C serum and gently massage over stretch marks regularly.
For that it’s recommended that you regularly apply vitamin C serum or other natural remedies around stomach, shoulders, knees and hip. Nutritional benefits of the vitamin gradually increases elasticity of the skin and prevent stretch marks.
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