While stretch marks are all too familiar to those of us who gain weight rapidly, they also – ironically – pose a problem for those of us who are working to grow our muscles. Frequently, professional body builders and others who work intensely with weights are visited by those persistent purple stretch marks that begin to appear on biceps, triceps, thighs and other regions of the body. So, are all those unsightly stretch marks the price those of us who decide to become ripped must pay? No, say many experts who recommended a combination of preventative and curative measures to reduce the appearance of workout stretch marks. Here are some tips for building muscle and fighting stretch marks at the same time.
Before stretch marks even appear and get a chance to mark your otherwise perfect body-to-be, try building muscle at a moderate pace. Lift with lower weights but increase repetitions in order to give your body a chance to adjust to the increased muscle mass. Also, as you workout use a moisturizer, anti stretch mark creams and other stretch mark products. We carry many fine products that are natural and backed by scientific studies. Next, fitness expert, Jillian Michaels recommends that you also exfoliate your skin in order to remove dead skin cells. This allows for the production of collagen to ramp up and replace those damaged and worn cells. Also, exfoliate the target areas where stretch marks are beginning to appear. Our stretch mark cream contains Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter which helps hydrate and soften the skin and SmartPeptides© that facilitate the production of collagen. Exfoliate and moisturize at least twice a day as your skin begins to stretch in order to adapt itself to your muscle growth.
Michaels also recommends that you stay hydrated and watch what you eat when working out. Water helps the skin remain supple and elastic. Most experts recommend that you drink at least 8 eight ounce glasses a day or 2 liters. Foods like vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are all helpful in boosting the skin’s collagen production. (Vitamin C rich foods also help the skin to produce collagen as well.) As you know, collagen is vital to helping the skin to repair damage done to it by a number of things such as stretch marks. Finally, as spring approaches many people are still working on their New Year’s resolutions which often include sculpting themselves a lean, fit body. Exercise smartly, use our products and follow these recommendations to ensure that stretch marks won’t become the most prominent feature of your new body.