Even celebs like the gorgeous Kim Kardashian aren’t free from the wrath of stretch marks, those long, narrow streaks that can show up on the skin after weight gain, extreme weight loss or pregnancy.
This past Sunday, the mom-of-two had her post-pregnancy stretch marks removed by cosmetic dermatologist Simon Ourian, M.D. According to E!, Ourian first cooled Kim’s skin, then used a laser to vaporize superficial cells and remove microscopic areas of skin tissue. The procedure costs anywhere between $2,900 and $4,900 per area. So needless to say, it’s not exactly within most people’s budgets.
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The good news? You don’t need to shell out serious cash to get similar results. You just need to upgrade your diet. There are many foods that can help reduce, diminish, and prevent these pesky and unsightly lines. Beans and legumes, for example, are some of the most potent stretch mark-fighters—and cost as little as 30 cents per serving. "Skin is 75 percent collagen, which is responsible for making it smooth and elastic. To make collagen in the body, you need enough protein in your diet," explains registered dietitian Lisa Hayim. "These can be found in low-fat foods and cholesterol sources through whole grains and legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils."
Not a big fan of beans and peas? No problem! Other tasty grocery staples can help you eat your way to smoother skin. Dig into our report 21 Foods that Help Fade Stretch Marks to find out what they are!