5 Tips to Help Prevent Stretch Marks
If you’ve got a baby on the way, you’ll no doubt be experiencing lots of changes to your body – some of which you may be happier with than others.
When you think about how much your skin expands during pregnancy, it’s not surprising that 9 out of 10 of us get stretch marks.
As your baby grows, stretching occurs not just on the outside layers of the skin, but the inside layers too. This can cause the lower layers of your skin fibres to tear, creating tissue damage and the angry red stripes of inflammation you sometimes see on your skin.
The journey to motherhood will likely be an eventful one, with many ups and downs – including a few changes to your body. Some of you may choose a few handy preventative methods for those bodily changes becoming too much of a stretch.
If you’re looking for a few ways to support you with those changes, here are some top tips to try for helping to prevent stretch marks.
1. Get moisturised
Keeping skin supple can help prevent those pesky stretch marks. You may choose to concentrate on areas that are susceptible to stretch marks, such as the tummy, thighs, boobs and hips.
2. Enjoy massaging your skin
Massaging your skin with a moisturising product can not only help improve hydration – which can help prevent stretch marks – it also makes a great bonding opportunity with your baby. Some mums even say it’s one the closest bonding moments with baby before they are born. Or why not try doing it during a shower, in circle movements which can help increase your microcirculation.
3. Keep hydrated
You’ve probably heard this one before! Drinking lots of water is good for us generally but it could also be a good way to keep skin nice and hydrated. Enough water helps to keep skin and connective tissues elastic and smooth and 2-3 litres/day is a helpful marker.
4. Improve your micro circulation
Microcirculation is the circulation of blood in small blood vessels and keeping everything circulated can help prevent stretch marks. It might be a little bit of a shock at first, but regularly taking a contrast shower, with warm and cold water can help improve your micro circulation – and it might help wake you up in the morning too!
5. Try a clinically proven product
Cussons Mum & Me clinically proven Bump Stretch Mark Cream contains Lupin Seed extract known to help boost skin elasticity and the moisturising complex of Tamanu and Almond oils to hydrate and help keep skin soft and supple. Its lovely non-greasy formulation is the perfect way to help boost your skin’s elasticity, helping to keep stretch marks at bay. It’s available in major supermarkets and chemists.
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