Stretch marks are actually scars which are caused when the skin is over-stretched during periods of rapid weight-gain such as during adolescence or pregnancy. The middle layer of the skin, known as the dermis, contains elastic fibres of tissue that can stretch to a certain point - beyond which they lose their elasticity and break down. In these areas a type of scar tissue forms to strengthen the “weakened” area. These are commonly called stretch marks. Stretch marks usually start out bright red or purple but often fade to a lighter gray or white color.
Every pregnant woman worries about stretch marks and the effects of pregnancy on her body. More than 75% of all women get stretchmarks during pregnancy and whether you are one of the lucky or unlucky ones will depend on a number of factors, including rapidity of weight gain, age, genetics, the condition of your skin and your general health.
The natural way
There are a number of things you can do to maintain the integrity and health of your skin and prevent stretch marks that are so common in pregnancy.
The first step is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. You should not diet at all during pregnancy but remember you don’t really need to eat for two either! It is best to monitor your weight gain and try not to exceed the recommendations that your doctor will have discussed with you. You should gain weight steadily throughout the 9 months of pregnancy- between 11 and 16 kgs (5 - 35 pounds). In this way you will not only ensure optimal nutritional health but your skin will also have a chance to stretch gradually rather than the sudden increase in size that can cause stretch marks.
It is also important to drink plenty of water to keep your skin and whole body well-hydrated. Dehydrated skin is more susceptible to all types of damage and scarring. Remember that once you have given birth you are still at risk for getting stretch marks due to the rapid loss of weight. Keep up with all your good habits at least until you are back at your approximate pre-pregnancy weight.
Keep your skin supple and well nourished. Regular exercise, massage and the use of nourishing oils on the skin can also contribute to a supple and resilient skin that is more resilient to the development of stretch marks.
How can StretchEasy Massage Oil help?
StretchEasy Massage Oil contains a blend of 100% pure therapeutic grade aromatherapy essential oils in a nourishing oil base to soften and condition skin and underlying connective tissue preventing formation of new stretch marks and reducing the appearance of existing stretchmarks.
Oils and plant extracts have been used for thousands of years for skin conditioning and beauty and their effect on skin health is well known. The oils in StretchEasy Massage Oil have been chosen for their protective and conditioning effect on the skin as it expands to accommodate your baby, as well as for their safety during pregnancy. The wonderful aroma of this Massage Oil will also create a relaxing and uplifting experience, while massage helps to relax and induce feelings of well being!
StretchEasy Massage Oil contains the following ingredients:
Patchouli Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Rosehip Oil, Wheat germ oil, Almond oil, Grape seed oil, Groundnut oil
- Did you know? Up to 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed into our circulatory system. Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) forms carcinogenic nitrogen compounds when combined with specific ingredients, while parabens and petrochemicals can also cause harm. Our 100% natural cosmetic products are safer, healthier alternatives as they contain absolutely no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate or harmful petrochemicals.