Published on : 09 January 20203 min reading time
Stretch marks are purplish red streaks that can appear on a part of the body and change in appearance over time. Indeed, they are considered unsightly marks that can embarrass both men and women.
What are the main causes of stretch marks?
Stretch marks are generally located on the stomach, breasts, hips and thighs. The main cause is sudden stretching of the skin due to rapid weight gain or loss. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also trigger a tear in the elastic fibres. Finally, the disease “Cushing’s syndrome” can lead to stretch marks of slightly different shapes. They are mainly caused by an abusive use of corticosteroids. In order to reduce the risk of stretch marks appearing, good daily moisturising of the skin is essential to keep it supple. To do this, drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day and apply suitable products in the morning and evening.
How can stretch marks be treated?
As soon as the first signs appear, it is very important to take care of stretch marks, because once they have set in, they are very difficult to make disappear. The application of a stretch mark cream is therefore recommended. It is used to effectively protect the skin and fade unsightly marks. Shea products are known for their anti-stretch mark properties. It is a natural ingredient that can be used for prevention or treatment. Vegetable oils are also very effective against stretch marks such as argan oil and macadamia oil. Coconut oil is also highly appreciated for its nourishing and soothing properties for the skin. Beware! During pregnancy, essential oils containing ketones should be avoided as they present a risk to the baby.
Admittedly, not all anti-stretch mark creams are effective. For optimal results, pay close attention to the ingredients in your cream. Prevention is also a step not to be taken lightly. A moisturizing cream rich in vitamins A and C for daily use is preferable. Emphasize the “risk” areas and massage gently. For torn tissues, prefer a repairing cream, twice a day. And to make stretch marks disappear as quickly as possible, alternate with a healing or smoothing cream. In any case, to guarantee the reliability of the products, buy your cream from a well-known and serious cosmetics store. If you plan to acquire an unknown brand on the Internet, first consult the opinions and comments of Internet users in the forums to avoid unpleasant surprises. If you have any doubts, it is better to turn to reputable brands or brands available in stores.