Whether you are pregnant for the first time or you are a pro, you know you are embarking on an amazing and intense journey. Health and wellness is your top priority when bringing a child into the world, but most women would be lying if they didn’t admit that they are a little concerned about their own appearance. Besides the fear of weight gain, many soon-to-be moms pay close attention to their skin care routine. Avoiding stretch marks is one of them.
When your skin stretches quickly this can cause stretch marks. The protein, collagen, and the hormone, cortisone are found in your skin and contribute the the skins elasticity. Although genetics may have something to do with the amount of natural skin elasticity, diet is a huge factor as well.
To prevent stretch marks, we recommend approaching it from the inside and out.
Start with the internal factors:
Stay hydrated (keeps your skin hydrated)
Eat a healthy and balanced diet (give the body the protein & vitamins it needs)
Exercise (increased blood flow improves skin elasticity)
To externally reduce the chance of stretch marks:
Keep your skin moisturized (using all natural oils and emollients)
Use oils and creams rich in vitamin A &E (improves strength and water retentions in skin)
Avoid oils with petroleum (mineral oil), alcohol or parabens (which can cause dryness)
Our picks for treating or preventing tech marks
Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter (get pure or all natural mixtures. Many product claim to have these ingredients but are far from natural). Shea butter is rich in vitamin A with helps increase skin elasticity.
Olive Oil or Almond Oil being a rich source of vitamin E and anti-oxidants is one of the best ways to lighten these marks.
Lavender or Lemon Essential Oil help replenish the oils in the body that are used to rebuild skin.
Of course we highly recommend our own Body Butter. It is all natural and made with organic Shea Butter and organic Olive Oil. Women who apply this to their belly once a day throughout their pregnancy have found great result of little to no stretch marks. A little tip, try warming it up for a nourishing treat for your body.
Even if you don’t use our all natural Body Butter, we strongly urge you to read the ingredients on the back your your bottle. Even products that are marketed specifically for pregnancy can be filled with petroleum based oils, chemicals or perfumes that really don’t serve you at all. Your body is important, it is okay to pamper that beautiful belly with the good stuff.