Collagen is what the body needs to give your skin more elasticity and a youthful look. Without this, the skin loses elasticity, and is more prone to damage and affected by changes more easily. Vitamin C helps to produce collagen and cartilage, along with Zinc. Eating a diet that includes the following foods can decrease your chance of getting stretch marks, by increasing the production of collagen.
- Egg whites
- Kidney beans
- Pumpkin and flax seeds
Drinking plenty of water is crucial for everyone – during exercise and pregnancy especially as blood volume is increased and in-turn needs higher water volumes, along with the need for more water to keep your muscles and skin hydrated. This will keep your skin from becoming dry and losing elasticity, helping to prevent stretch marks.
Skin hydration is so important, so using creams or oils to keep that moisture in is a great way to help prevent tearing and scarring of the skin. Ointments with natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.