Edition #1 Stretch Marks
Stretch Marks are a thing. Inevitable, unpreventable but possible to treat and reduce in certain circumstances.
Here are our tips for giving your skin the best possible chance to glow, grow and recover during and after pregnancy.
After a certain age Collagen production drops and as a result our skin doesn't bounce back in the same way, frustratingly around the age women generally start thinking about babies. So eating foods known to be high in collagen and water will always be of benefit.
Things such as good quality proteins (low in saturated fat) cucumber, and good quality oils such as olive and coconut (which are also a beautiful topical application.)
Vitamin C is also an important nutrient for the development of collagen. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are especially good sources of vitamin C.
Keeping The Skin Moisturised is a key step in maintaining skin elasticity. keeping skin cells plumped and nourished.
A Beautiful Oil will also help to soothe itchiness as your skin starts to stretch. We love to use Cleanse and Condition with a few drops of Lavender and Frankincense oil.
Dry Body Brushing is a must and a good oil based scrub a few days a week. This will help to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation and blood flow. Also often a technique to help with cellulite too.
Water: At least two litres a day. Water helps keep your skin hydrated and soft. Soft skin doesn't tend to develop stretch marks as much as dry skin does. You can add lemon to help encourage detoxification and digestion as no doubt you will be feeling bloated and congested.
There are also options like microneedling and lasers once you’re postpartum. Just speak to your trusted Dr first to find the best possible option.
Don't forget, stretch marks are completely normal and are a natural result of your skin stretching to accommodate your growing baby and anyone can get stretch marks, they’re a perfectly normal part of being human).