STRETCH MARKS ARE NOT A FATALITY!
HOW TO PREVENT THEIR OCCURRENCE OR ATTENUATE WITH NATURAL CARE?
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These small purple or pearly white streaks that we see on our stomach, our thighs, our arms, and our chest, it is very rare to find them aesthetic and to want to keep them as they are. There are natural treatments composed only of botanical active ingredients that can help you prevent their appearance or reduce them.
1 / What is a stretch mark?
A stretch mark is a scar that begins in the dermis of the skin. It is purplish red in color at first, but eventually clears up over time to become white or pearly.
The dermis, located between the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and the hypodermis, is a connective tissue made up of blood vessels, nerve fibers and various cells including fibroblasts which secrete collagen and elastin. It is the collagen and elastin fibers that give the skin suppleness and elasticity.
Stretch marks appear when the production of collagen and elastin decreases.
This decrease is linked to the increased production of the hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands: When cortisol levels increase, the production of collagen and elastin decreases. LThe hormone cortisol also has the effect of slowing wound healing. Therefore if the skin is stretched (weight gain, pregnancy, puberty), a "scar" forms and does not go away, this is called a stretch mark.
During a significant and rapid weight gain or loss: The traction exerted on the tissues leads to the rupture of certain elastic fibers of the dermis. They are accompanied by a loss of elasticity of the skin.
Lor phases of hormonal changes (adolescence and pregnancy) or in period of stress (stress hormone): these periods are associates increased cortisol secretion by the body.
2/ QWho is affected by stretch marks?
The women during pregnancy (50 to 70% of pregnant women are affected) well sûr, with hormonal change and weight gain, but men also are prone to weight gain and stress. Everyone is therefore concerned. Meven among athletes, lViolent efforts can lead to distension of the skin tissues and cause the collagen fibers to crack. Taking hormones steroid loaded with cortisol to improve performance, also increases risk.
Adolescence is a very destabilizing phase that combines hormonal changes, stress and weight gain. It is therefore not uncommon for a teenager (25% girls versus 10% for boys) to see stretch marks appear.
3 / How to prevent and / or reduce stretch marks when they are present
Hydrated skin is supple, elastic skin that is less likely to crack.
- Moisturize your body from the inside = Drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day.
- Hydrate your body from the outside = Use a serum rich in hydrating molecules.
- Manage stress = Have regular sports activities, do yoga, do meditation.
- Eat a diversified diet = give pride of place to fruits and vegetables.
4 / How to hydrate your skin?
For old stretch marks, you can increase the effectiveness of the serum V by first applying aloe vera gel to your stretch marks to exfoliate the skin. Wait 1 to 2 minutes after its application then massage your stretch marks 2 to 3 minutes with the serum V.
5 / Before starting your anti stretch mark treatments
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