Stretch Marks on Men
So, summer is just around the corner. Temperatures are rising, and moods too. It’s time to start going to the beach and pool parties again. Life feels good, right! Well, it would if it wasn’t for the fact that this time of year, when people tend to wear considerably less clothing, or even none at all, is also a time for most of us to come clean: What has winter done to your body?
One-Pack or Six-Pack?
Have you been working out regularly over the past months? Good for you, you’ve earned yourself a front row towel on the beach. Now undress and show them what you’ve got!
Or did you practically hibernate? Well, then this is your final call to start working on your beach body. But before you do, listen up: Don’t overdo it, alright. Pumping iron too hard and bulking up muscles too fast might turn your one-pack into a six-pack quickly, but it might also be stressful for your skin and result in some ugly stretch marks.
Isn’t That Just A Women’s Thing?
No, it’s not. In the female world, stretch marks are one of the most common (and hated) aftermaths of pregnancy, yes. But in principle, they know no gender. All they do know is collagen, because – to put it rather simple – they occur when your skin lacks precisely that.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin elastic. It’s found in the connective tissue of human skin and accounts for more than 30 % of the total protein mass within the human body. That makes sense given that humans have a lot of skin on them. And since most of us won’t fundamentally change our skin over a lifetime, it needs to grow with us. So, skin is like the mother of all tailormade suits. Pretty cool, huh?
How To Tackle Stretch Marks
As we mentioned previously, that suit of yours won’t stretch indefinitely. If you stretch it too much, it might get some reddish or purplish ladders. So, how do you get them to fade over time? That’s not an easy task, because those tiny scars can be quite stubborn, and we might say trying to prevent them in the first place is the best solution of all. But once they are there, there are some things you can do to fight them, or at least reduce their appearance.
There is nothing wrong with being soft. Treating your skin with a special moisturizer or a body lotion for men once or twice a day is going to keep your skin-suit nicely hydrated and snug for many summers to come.
Your skin loves vitamins (especially antioxidants such as vitamin A and E) and so should you. So, before summer is over, make sure to not only load weights on your barbell but fruits and vegetables on your plate, too.
The upper layer of your skin constantly renews itself. Regularly peeling off dead skin cells boosts the production of new ones, which helps to keep your skin flexible.
Lemons are considered to be a good home remedy for curing stretch marks. Lime juice is said to stimulate collagen production (important, remember?), exfoliate the skin, promote the growth of new skin cells and blood vessels and may even lighten stretch marks.
Stretch marks have patience, and so should you. Once they are there, it will take time to get rid of them. Some may even stay with you forever. But let’s be honest: They are not the end of the world. Actually, they are not even the end of the summer. So get out there and splash!