Stretch marks are an inevitable part of pregnancy. 90% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy - naturally, because your skin has to stretch so much, to accommodate your growing baby bump. You may see them as white or reddish lines on the skin, along your baby bump, arms and legs.
You cannot avoid stretch marks, but you can improve their appearance considerably by keeping your skin healthy and nourished during pregnancy. Here’s a routine that will help you do that and thus reduce the appearance of stretch marks:
1. Nutrition: Eat Vitamin-Rich Foods
Not only is your pregnancy diet important for your baby’s health, but the nutrients you receive also determine the health of your skin. Make sure you’re not missing out on nutrients like Vitamins A, C, and E, which keep your skin healthy, protect from skin damage, and help the skin heal. A diet rich in vitamins help ensure a healthy appearance for your skin.
2. Post-Bath: Moisturise Your Skin Twice A Day
You may normally moisturise your skin just once a day after bathing, but now that your skin is stretching, it’s more prone to dryness. Keeping your skin hydrated can improve the appearance of stretch marks, so start moisturising twice everyday, especially the stomach, thighs and hips, where the skin stretches and stretch marks are likely to appear. To ensure that the skin stays moisturised, make sure you’re drinking enough water to help your body and skin cope with all the changes during pregnancy.
3. Self-Care: Massage And Hydrate With A Vitamin-Enriched Oil
Massaging your skin with an oil is a great way to keep your skin hydrated. However, a massage also helps the skin better absorb the oil, improves blood circulation and helps the skin heal better. Since your skin needs more nourishment when it is stretching, try a nourishing oil like Bio-Oil, which is enriched with plant extracts and Vitamins A and E, which helps give your skin a healthier appearance. Made with PurCellin Oil, it is a light and non-greasy oil which is perfect for daily use.
Massaging Bio-Oil into your skin twice a day from your second trimester, can help your skin absorb the goodness of plant extracts and vitamins, and keep your skin healthy. This will thus improve the appearance of stretch marks. Make sure you enjoy that massage, because not only is it helping your skin, it’s a great way to relax too.
4. Fitness: Exercise Daily
Exercise doesn’t just help you stay fit. It also helps maintain muscle tone and build stamina for labour during delivery. Walking, swimming and yoga are great ways to stay active during pregnancy. Exercise can help you avoid unhealthy weight gain as well as strengthen the muscles, which will both help avoid the sagging of your skin, thus improving the appearance of your stretch marks. Make sure you do some moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes every day once your doctor gives you the go-ahead.
These daily habits can make a huge difference to the appearance of your stretch marks. Keep your skin healthy and hydrated with the non-greasy and light formulation of Bio-Oil, the world’s leading stretch mark product. It absorbs into your skin easily, ensuring that the vitamins and plant extracts are able to absorb where needed. The light PurCellin Oil makes this product perfect for use twice a day starting during the second trimester of your pregnancy.
So this pregnancy, keep your skin hydrated, healthy and happy with the plant and vitamin-enriched goodness that’s Bio-Oil!