Pregnancy is a beautiful period in a woman’s life. Your body undergoes a number of changes in order to provide nourishment for your baby. In just a span of 9 months, your baby starts growing right from a microscopic cell to the size of a whole watermelon with tiny hands and feet. And for your growing baby bump, your skin also stretches considerably. Your skin may stretch and shrink a number of times throughout the pregnancy, which leads to the appearance of stretch marks. You may not be able to avoid them completely, but keeping your skin healthy can considerably help improve their appearance.
Here’s what you need to know about caring for stretch marks and improving their appearance:
1. Start In The Second Trimester
The earlier you start taking care of your skin during pregnancy, the more improvement you see in the appearance of stretch marks later. Focus on keeping your skin moisturised. Start during the second trimester, because this is when your baby bump starts appearing and growing. This is also the time when the first stretch marks appear as reddish marks due to the blood vessels under the skin. These marks fade after delivery to whitish lines, and keeping your skin moisturised during pregnancy can help improve their appearance. Hydrated and healthy skin is better equipped to heal.
2. Moisturise Twice, Not Once
We all know we should apply moisturiser daily, but during pregnancy, the stretching of skin makes it more prone to dryness and irritation. To keep your skin hydrated, you will need to moisturise twice every day. So try doing this in the morning and the evening. Not only does this keep your skin hydrated, but it also reduces your chances of irritation or itching that is caused by dryness of the skin.
3. Choose Plant and Vitamin-Enriched Oils
Using oils to moisturise your skin is a great way to nourish the skin and give it a deeper moisturisation, which keeps it hydrated for a longer time. Choose an oil that is enriched with plant extracts and Vitamins, which will improve the condition of the skin and keep it healthy. The goodness of both plant extracts and vitamins is present in Bio-Oil, which is what makes it the world’s leading stretch mark product. Using this product twice a day during pregnancy helps improve the appearance of stretch marks. It also keeps your skin healthy and hydrated. The best part about Bio-Oil is that its non-greasy formulation makes it great for regular use.
3. Massage and Rejuvenate
A massage helps you feel relaxed but did you know, it helps improve blood circulation, which promotes skin healing and thus, reduces the severity of stretch marks? So massage Bio-Oil into your skin twice a day, starting in your second trimester. Focus on areas most prone to stretch marks - your belly and hips. With a base of PurCellin Oil, it is light, non-greasy and absorbs quickly, which makes it an ideal addition to your daily massage routine. A massage will help your skin to better absorb the goodness of the plant extracts and Vitamins in Bio-Oil.
4. Ensure A Healthy Weight Gain
Weight gain is a part of pregnancy. Your body retains water and fat to protect your growing baby. You need 300-500 extra calories per day to fulfil yours and your baby’s nutritional needs, but getting these calories from the wrong sources can lead to unhealthy weight gain. And you are more likely to develop stretch marks from unhealthy weight gain. So make sure you are eating vitamin and protein-rich foods that also feed your skin and keep it healthy.
Of course, stretch marks are part and parcel of pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about them. Taking good care of your skin during pregnancy can help it heal better and improve the appearance of stretch marks, and this is exactly what Bio-Oil can help you with. After all, it’s loved and trusted by moms across the world, so why not make it a part of your pregnancy routine as well?