Why Start Early in Pregnancy to Prevent Stretch Marks?
Pregnancy is like a marathon for the skin. Imagine running 26.2 miles without any training. When it comes to the big stretch, skin that’s strong and elastic has a much better chance of stretching without suffering from stretch marks.
Not all skin care is created equal. You want to build skin strength in the lower layers. Think about stretch mark prevention as taking a multi-vitamin for the skin! Just like a mix of fruits and vegetables is better for your body, a blend of nutrient rich oils and butters does more to strengthen skin.
Start Stretch Mark Prevention Early and Stick to a Daily Routine
A little effort every day will get your skin in shape so it’s ready for damage that comes with stretching. We always recommend the following routine: Resilient Body Stretch Mark Oils, Mega Moisture & Mega Moisture Free. Packed with Essential Fatty Acids that have Omega’s 3,6 & 9, each of these offers dense skin nutrition that’s perfect for prepping skin.
Omega’s fuel skin’s natural build of Collagen & Elastin Fibers found in the mid-layer of skin – these are essential building blocks for skin strength. Elastin Fibers let skin stretch like a rubber band and Collagen Fibers help skin stay resilient so it can bounce back.
The trick is you have to apply Omegas topically. Since all the Omegas you eat get burned up right away, they never reach your skin. Collagen and Elastin fibers weaken as skin stretches. Imagine stretching a rubber band, the further you pull it the thinner it gets until it breaks. That’s exactly what happens to skin during the big stretch. When Collagen and Elastin fibers break they create a stretch mark deep down which surfaces over time.
Stretch Marks Usually Take Around Three to Four Months to Rise
If you tone and strengthen skin early and often, your skin has a much better chance of stretching without breaking. Don’t wait until your skin feels stretched – it may be too late. You won’t know right away; damage usually shows up around month 8 or 9. Some women see marks surface after delivery. Imagine the disappointment!
For those with dry skin, Moisture matters! Parched, depleted skin is even more at risk for damage. The skin barrier cannot operate well if it is dehydrated and fibers are likely to give way sooner showing up as marks later. If you got stretch marks in your teen years after a growth spurt, take extra care. You know your skin is definitely vulnerable.
Exfoliation helps build strong skin even faster. Once or twice a week, use Lavender Sugar Skin Perfecting Scrub. Slough away dry, dull skin and you kick start turn over which speeds up Collagen & Elastin build.
No matter what your skin type, pregnancy stretches everyone’s skin beyond the normal limits. Skin that’s strong and nourished will definitely stretch better!
Learn more about stretch marks during pregnancy in this article by Mom Loves Best.