Beat stretch marks
posted 2015 Jan by Sally Robinson
Don’t want stretch marks?
Pregnant skin grows at a fast pace and particularly if you put on weight rapidly or towards the end of your pregnancy, stretch marks can rear their ugly head. Initially red or purple in colour, they will fade to a more silvery tone over time.
Unfortunately, genetics play a big part and if your Mum had stretch marks, it’s quite likely that you may get them too. But don’t panic as there is plenty you can do to help keep your skin in tip top condition and give it the best chance of avoiding scars.
Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate any skin areas prone to stretching during pregnancy (that’s pretty much everywhere for most women!)
You can make your own home made exfoliator out of sugars and sea salts (just mix a few spoonfuls of any granulated sugar or salt with a few spoonfuls of olive oil) or for a slightly less messy experience try out Organic at Hearts natural Mediterranean exfoliator sponge. Now you have exfoliated to remove all the excess dead skin cells whatever product you apply to your new skin will have much more chance of working because it isn’t sitting on layers of old dead skin.
Enjoy a warm, relaxing bath or shower and then apply a stretch mark cream or oil. Look for an oil or cream with a high percentage of natural ingredients and key ingredients to look out for that offer real nourishment to the skin as well as great anti-scarring properties include ROSEHIP OIL, SHEA BUTTER, NEROLI and FRANKINCENSE oil. As the skin is now clean and the pores still open, absorption will be quick and effective Spend extra time massaging your tummy as your baby will really enjoy the massage too!!
This routine will help give you skin the best chance of stretching without scarring. Another tip is to make sure you drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin, Vitamins C & E are great to improve skin’s suppleness along with zinc… and if you like them, sprinkle a handful of sunflower seeds onto cereal, soups or fruit. These will all help boost skin strength too.