Most of us will have discovered the tell-tale silver-y line of a stretch mark somewhere on our body.
So what exactly are they?
Our skin is made up of layers that help to make it strong and elastic. But when the skin is stretched too quickly or isn’t properly prepared, the middle layer of the skin (known as the dermis) can tear.
These tears create lesions in this layer of skin, which can look pink, red or purple at first. Much like a scar, these lines fade over time, to become silver-y white.
This can happen during puberty, weight loss and weight gain but, despite affecting men and women equally, stretch marks are most often associated with pregnancy.
Although nine months can feel like a very long time, a baby’s development causes the skin on the belly to stretch rapidly, making it thinner and more fragile.
Can I do anything about them?
It’s thought 70-90% of women will develop stretch marks as a result of pregnancy.
Although they’re incredibly common and a testament to the amazing changes your body has been through, most of us want to avoid stretch marks where possible. Not least because they can feel itchy and appear raised when they first develop.
There is no quick fix once they appear and genetics can make some people more prone to stretch marks than others. The key is doing what you can to really prepare the skin and support it as it stretches.
We recommend using a Cream and an Oil. They offer very different benefits to the skin, helping to support cell structure and elasticity.
The Cream helps to hydrate for optimum tissue repair, while a deep conditioning Oil helps to keep skin soft and supple for round the clock protection against stretch marks.