Most women consider pregnancy to be one of the best times of their life. However, one aspect of pregnancy that is not at all welcome is stretch marks. Stretch marks appear on the skin in the later half of the cycle of pregnancy. Though they do not bring any kind of health problems but can hamper the appearance. They usually develop in the areas where fat is present in our body like in the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs, arms and buttocks.
During pregnancy, stretch marks appear due to the excessive weight gain in these areas such as abdomen and thighs.
With this increase, the elastin and collagen which are responsible for retaining the firmness and shape, present in dermal layer get stretched to the limit of breaking. As a result, the elastic fibers become weak and increase the level of cortisone. When these fibers get separated and the skin starts stretching, there is overproduction of collagen leading to formation of scar tissues.
Though there is no permanent cure for stretch marks, but taking little care and following certain simple steps can be effective in flattening, fading and lightening these marks.
• Healthy and well hydrate skin stretches easily. Therefore, it is important to drink lots of fluids as well as foods rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Silica and Zinc.
• Use of creams, lotions and topical treatments can help in reducing the dryness and itchiness that usually accompanies the stretch marks.
• Keep the skin around the stretch marks moisturized to relieve yourself from any kind of discomfort.
• Use nutrient rich oils like Vitamin E, jojoba and wheat-germ can help in increasing the blood circulation to the effected area as well as help in healing the epidermis.
• Avoid products comprising of cinnamon, basil, sage or thyme during pregnancy.
Stretch marks usually get lighter and fade away with time. Therefore, it is important to maintain a balanced perspective about the stretch marks and let pregnancy be the most precious time of your life.