With a little effort and care put in, the unsightly “tiger stripes” can be minimised with Mederma
By The Weekly | October 9, 2017
Why do stretch marks form?
Stretch marks are essentially scars as a result of your skin tearing, as your body grows at a rapid rate during pregnancy, particularly during the sixth and seventh months. Mothers carrying a big baby or multiple babies are also more likely to develop stretch marks. While it’s common for pregnant women to develop stretch marks on their abdomen, these scars can appear on the breasts, upper thighs, buttocks and hips as well.
Can you improve the appearance of these marks?
As stretch marks make permanent changes to the skin’s structure, they cannot be completely erased. There is no guaranteed method of preventing them either. However, there are steps you can take to help lessen their unsightly appearance.
1. Promote collagen development
Collagen and elastin fibres in the skin are what enable it to stretch and snap back into its original shape. So the stronger the collagen and elastin fibres the less likely they are to break and cause stretch marks.
You may find it helpful to eat a diet rich in vitamins E and C, and zinc, which encourage collagen development. For example, food such as avocado, chickpeas, spinach, garlic, beef shank, oysters, red pepper, tomato, and kiwi. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of water as hydration is important for strengthening and renewing your skin.
2. Stay hydrated
Your best bet against stretch marks is ensuring that your skin is optimally elastic from the early days till the end of your pregnancy. This is achieved by keeping your skin well-hydrated and supple. Eating a healthy diet and minimising weight gain will help, too.
Aside from drinking plenty of water, moisturising your skin topically is just as important. Mederma Stretch Marks Cream has been clinically proven to increase skin’s moisture content. Its proprietary blend of botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid helps to keep skin more elastic and less prone to tear, and the paraben-free formulation comes with a Triple Restore Action to effectively soften, smoothen and replenish skin. You will start to see improvements in old and new stretch marks in just two weeks! Mederma Stretch Marks Cream is safe to be used in the beginning of the second trimester and while breastfeeding.
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