Getting stretch marks on legs is quite common. You might not notice them yourself as easily as for example stomach stretch scars, as they often appear high up on your thighs. That’s where they appear most because that’s where the most fat is stored on your legs. Certainly, the buttocks are such a place as well.
Your calves are a less likely place to get stretch marks on legs, but it happens too. One cause of getting stretch marks on your calves is if you build muscles there very rapidly.
But mostly, stretch marks on legs are caused by rapid changes in weight, depletion of collagen and elastin from aging, and poor nutrition. These are things that can be prevented and addressed with lifestyle choices.
When the marks first appear they can be pink or purple, and they’ll be quite visible. But as the stretch marks age they’ll be less and less visible, and finally they’ll be grayish or skin colored and might only be visible in certain lights. Good news, huh?
The bad news is that the older they are, the more impossible it gets to get rid of them completely.
Here are some fundamentals for how to prevent, avoid, and reduce stretch marks on legs.
1. Avoid rapid weight change. If you are overweight then release the extra weight slowly in a healthy way. Many lose weight quickly and then they’re disappointed to see the state of their skin. It is important to make sure you do it in a steady pace and with healing foods.
2. Get all the nutrients you need. A lot of people walk around with nutritional deficiencies without knowing it, and they pay for it with health issues and loss of youthful appearance. Eat a varied diet with lots of antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to prevent and reduce stretch marks.
3. Increase collagen and elastin growth. This can’t be done by taking collagen or elastin orally, in skin care or injections. But you can boost your own growth of collagen and elastin, first with a healthy diet, and then with the right skin care. Look for skin care ingredients that are proven to increase your growth of collagen.
4. Increase the blood circulation. This can increase the collagen and elastin in your skin and increases its ability to stretch. Exercise, stretch, massage, rub in some lotion, skin brush, or just about anything that makes your skin warm will increase your blood flow.
5. Use moisturizer with natural vitamin E. It can be a plant oil, like jojoba, grapeseed, wheat germ, almond, macadamia, olive, or avocado oil. Mm, so rich and healing. Or it can be an easy to absorb natural skin cream, rich in vitamin E, plant butters and oils, reparative keratins, and active manuka honey.
Remember that the best remedy against stretch marks on legs is to have a healthy body through and through. It is easier to prevent stretch marks than to get rid of those you already have, but you can always improve your skin one way or another.