Stretch marks | What can you do to help avoid them?
Stretch marks have been a part of life for a very long time – records of them date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who even had simple remedies to help them.
Stretch marks are lines or streaks across the skin. They can be pink, red, brown, black, silver or purple. They tend to start off dark and then fade over time. Stretch marks are most common on the stomach, but can appear on the chest, upper arms, bottom and hips. During pregnancy, they can appear on the stomach but also on the thighs and breasts. They are really common during pregnancy and affect eight out of 10 pregnant women
Stretch marks happen when the middle layer of skin (the dermis) becomes stretched and broken in places. This is usually caused by sudden growth or weight gain, especially pregnancy.
Stretch marks will be different from woman to woman.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy can effect your skin and make you more likely to get stretch marks.
Early on stretch marks can feel slightly raised and might be itchy. They are not harmful but there is no specific treatment for them. There is no sure way to prevent stretch marks completely, but here are some ways to help:.
Stretch mark help- Get your vitamins and maintain a healthy diet
Collagen helps keep skin strong and elastic. Vitamin C helps the body develop collagen, so getting plenty of vitamin C should help. Recent research has suggested that Vitamin D may also reduce the risk of stretch marks. A healthy diet with supplements advised by your health care professionals and plenty of Vitamin E is wonderful for skin care too!
Stretch marks are often caused by sudden growth or weight gain and a lot of this unavoidable in pregnancy. But although we often joke about eating for two when pregnant, you really only need an extra 200-300 calories a day.
Stretch mark help-Stay hydrated.
Drinking enough water helps the skin maintain moisture which improves skin elasticity and this may help prevent stretch marks and also wrinkles. Try to drink around two litres a day.
Stretch mark help-Skin care products.
A lot of skin care products such as creams and oils can be bought to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It is best to start using these on stretch marks as soon as possible and you may need to use the products for weeks to see results. To make the products more effective, spend a few minutes massaging them into the skin. Our Vegan Baby and Bump Balm Serum is naturally soothing with Sweet Almond Oil, Shea butter, Chamomile and Calendula which aids tissue regeneration and soothes the skin and our Massage oil with Lavender, Marjoram and sweet almond oil is peefct for sotthing away that hiddeous ‘Bump Itch!’
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