Stretch marks? No thanks!
By Anne Wright, Mustela
Stretch marks, the gift that comes with pregnancy, are not appealing! Follow these useful tips provided by Mustela to prevent their appearance or make it practically invisible if they have managed to form.
Possible but not inevitable
Stretch marks appear as a result of weight gain and hormonal change. Which means that pregnancy is a time when they may occur! The stomach, hips, thighs and chest are clearly the areas most prone to stretch marks. Despite our skin having a degree of elasticity, when rapidly distended, its elastic and collagen fibbers may end up breaking down. This is all the more likely during these nine months as certain hormones (cortisol and estrogens) reduce the effectiveness of the fibroblasts, the cells that produce elastin and collagen and are so important for the skin’s suppleness and strength.
In short, if you don’t take care, you may see small striations appear. At first pink and slightly puffy, they end up as white or pearlescent furrows. But this is not inevitable!
The right way to avoid them
Deal to them early and regularly. These are the key words when it comes to managing stretch marks because once they have formed, they are more difficult to get rid of completely. It is important everyday, from the first month onwards, to set some non-negotiable time aside to take care of your skin.
- Hydration & exfoliation increases the skin’s elasticity. So, after showering, it is essential to moisturise the skin all over your body, which will immediately boost the tone of your skin. And, once a week, use an exfoliating product specially formulated for sensitive skin: the penetration of hydrating active ingredients will be optimized by the removal of impurities from the epidermis and you’ll gain baby soft skin into the bargain
- Massage & ad-hoc cream to combat the appearance of stretch marks, it is also necessary to stimulate the skin’s regenerative capacity. This can be done with creams specifically created for use during pregnancy: bursting with 100% natural ingredients, they will immediately act on and the production of the supporting fibres. All the more so if, instead of a quick rub on, you take the time to give yourself a real massage using circular movements.
Procedure to be followed
After pregnancy, stretch marks might have formed. As with all scarring, they will fade with time. But it’s as well to do everything to ensure they do so as fast as possible...
Ultra-targeted treatment combining natural active ingredients, vitamins and trace elements, they contain everything necessary to reduce any stretch marks that have formed and make them fade. Apply them twice a day, preferably using a palpating rolling massage, the result is astounding.
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