Stretch Marks 101
Posted on 30 August 2017
It’s no secret that people get stretch marks. Those uninvited lines that show up on our tummies, hips, thighs, breasts, or even arms and eventually fade until they turn to a silvery-grey or white. Some of us complain about them while others live in fear of them. Don’t worry – they’re normal! That’s why we put together Stretch Marks 101: why we get them, how to prevent them, and how get rid of them.
So, let’s begin. Stretch marks are epidermal and dermal tears that show up as a result of skin’s inability to adjust to rapid growth. They can appear at any age as a result of genetics, puberty, rapid weight gain or loss, and/or pregnancy. Appearing as bands, stripes, and lines they may be red, purple, pink, or brown in color. While they may be unwelcome and something we desperately try to cover up, they are extremely common! Lucky for us there are plenty of safe and effective ways to manage them!
It works best if we think of our skin like a rubber band. If dry and fragile, the risk of tearing when stretched increases. If nourished and supple, the more easily it can stretch without any problem. This means that moisturizing is key! If we want to prevent and heal stretch marks we need to stay hydrated from the inside out. Drink lots of water every day, exercise regularly to improve circulation, and promote collagen growth with a diet that’s heavy in Vitamin E and C. What else can we do? We can incorporate products into our skincare regime that are focused on improving skin’s softness.
Our Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream is an effective and natural option filled with cocoa and shea butters designed to penetrate deep into the skin. These two ingredients work together with vitamins to increase elasticity and defend against unwanted marks. If we’re not using a cream we love to use oil. Something like the lightweight and non-greasy Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Oil. Nourishing oils including coconut and rosehip visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks by hydrating and softening skin texture. Whether we experience a growth spurt, pregnancy, weight loss, or weight gain – We shouldn’t allow a natural process to stop us from stepping out in our best skin. We should take all of the possible steps to diminishing and preventing stretch marks. Let’s stay moisturized and keep our bodies merry.