by Aira Krystel Pamintuan
Stretch marks are the stubborn, unsightly scars left by weight gain, pregnancy or sudden growth spurts during puberty. Appearing in places like the stomach, hips and thighs, stretch marks can cause people to shrink away in embarrassment, and it’s no wonder why many are now looking for effective ways to minimize their appearance.
What Causes Stretch Marks Anyway?
The skin consists of three main layers: the outer layer or epidermis, the middle layer or dermis, and the inner layer or subcutis. When the body grows too rapidly from gaining weight, the tissues in the dermis cannot stretch fast enough, breaking in certain places of the body and allowing deeper layers of the skin to show. The visual result is every woman’s worst nightmare: stretch marks!
In the attempt to remove stretch marks, you may consider getting laser treatments. However, these procedures are known to result in blistering, scarring and hyperpigmentation, which can require several weeks to fully heal. As many as 10 sessions are needed before stretch marks fade completely.
Fortunately, you don’t need to undergo harmful procedures to solve the problem. Read on to see what nature offers as effective solutions to your stretch mark problems.
Natural Solutions to Prevent and Treat Stretch Marks
Look no further than to Mother Nature, and you’ll see that you can significantly improve the unsightly appearance of stretch marks without the risks and expensive cost of surgery.
There are several vitamins, nutrients and proteins that can be applied topically to naturally fade and erase stubborn stretch marks:
Collagen is a vital protein that binds skin cells together to keep skin smooth, tight and pliable. Since your body produces less collagen as you age, it is important to find natural ways of replenishing it. The less collagen you have in your skin, the more likely you are to develop stretch marks! Using products that contain collagen will give your skin the flexibility and resilience it needs to bounce back after stretching. This will help prevent future stretch marks, as well as firm and tone any existing stretch marks.
Elastin is another protein naturally produced by the body to keep skin firm and flexible. As we age however, our bodies produce less elastin, making our skin more prone to wrinkles, sagging and stretch marks. Preventive creams that contain elastin can reinforce the skin’s elasticity, which is the key to preventing stretch marks and restoring the skin’s youthful appearance.
- Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl palmitate, a pre-formed version of Vitamin A, is regarded as one of the safest and most effective ingredients for treating stretch marks. When absorbed by the skin, Retinyl palmitate is transformed into retinol, which effectively increases collagen production and the skin’s metabolic rate, thereby stimulating the production of new cells and repairing older cells. Improved cell renewal and collagen production translates into stronger, smoother and healthier skin!
- Beta Glucan
Beta glucan is a naturally occurring plant extract which is well known for its hydrating and protective effect on wounds and scars. Easily penetrated into the skin, this soluble fiber can reach even the deepest layers of the dermis, creating a rejuvenating and anti-aging effect by stimulating collagen production and providing the skin with optimum moisture and self-healing capabilities, making it ideal for removing stretch marks.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin that is required for the synthesis of collagen. It also helps support cell renewal and fight free radicals in the body, thus slowing down the skin’s aging process. Using products that contain Vitamin C will help your skin regain some of its lost elasticity, causing stretch marks to narrow in size and become less visible.
- Rosehip Oil
Regarded as a superfood for the skin, Rosehip oil not only softens and moisturizes the epidermis, but also contains high levels of essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, omega-6 and omega-3, which help to stimulate the skin’s regenerative powers. It is an ideal oil to use for healing scars and protecting against stretch marks. And since rosehip oil contains tretinoin, a natural derivative of retinol (Vitamin A), it is a highly effective and natural alternative to synthetic Retin-A products. Rosehip oil can even be combined with other potent ingredients to completely annihilate stretch marks!
Repair the Damage Naturally
Stretch marks may be hard to live with, but you don’t have to continue living with them for the rest of your life. If stretch marks are starting to put a damper on your self-confidence, opt for natural alternatives to visibly reduce and banish stretch marks altogether.
Save yourself a trip (or several) to the clinic and use an all-natural product like F&F’s Claire et Lisse Scar and Stretch Mark Gel, which is formulated with high-potency collagen and boosted by the regenerating, healing and repairing ingredients.
Start hydrating, repairing and strengthening your skin the safe and convenient way, so you can say farewell to stretch marks, once and for all!