The leading massage therapist of The Ritz-Carlton Spa complex tells about the stretch marks, namely their appearance and measures to prevent them.
Stretch marks are breakages of collagen fibers, a kind of micro-traumas, a violation of skin density at the level of the dermis. If they appeared, it is almost impossible to get rid of them. This is why it is much more reliable to prevent their occurrence.
The visibility of the stretch marks is reduced with the help of:
- beauty aids,
- salon treatments,
- laser skin resurfacing.
Mesotherapy is an active assistant in the fight against the stretch marks, has a cumulative effect and stimulates the production of collagen.
STRETCH MARKS: A GENETIC PHENOMENON OR NOT?
No, it’s not exactly a genetic phenomenon. However, some people do have a predisposition to their occurrence, and they make themselves felt with insufficient care.
WHY DO STRETCH MARKS APPEAR?
The skin does not manage to adjust for a sharp weight gain and “breaks”. When a person grows thin, stretch marks do not appear, while those that already exist on the body become more noticeable.
Genetics is just one of the reasons for the appearance of stretch marks. Other reasons include:
- hormonal profile,
- endocrine system diseases,
- early adolescence,
- skin dehydration,
- active sports (muscle mass gain).
DOES NUTRITION AFFECT THE FORMATION OF STRETCH MARKS?
To prevent them, your menu should contain sufficient quantities of fats that promote the production of female hormones. Balanced and enriched with vitamins nutrition will help to avoid stretch marks.
The menu should include:
- vegetables (pumpkin, carrots, broccoli, spinach),
- vegetable oils.
It is recommended to have a course of proper supplements twice a year. For example, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, B group vitamins and collagen – these will contribute to the production of elastin.
HOW TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS?
Gain weight in a gradual way and lose it in the same manner. Have massage sessions with natural oils and treatments that enhance blood microcirculation. Useful anti-stretch marks tools are:
- body wraps,
- contrast shower,
- dry massage with a brush with a rough bristles.
After any procedure, it is very important to apply a light moisturizer that does not clog pores. Do not wait for the skin dehydration, and constantly nourish it with creams and oils.
WHAT SHOULD I PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN BUYING PRODUCTS FOR STRETCH MARKS?
The main thing is a complex effect. Ideally, the product should contain both plant extracts and extracts of essential oils. Products for pregnant women are really good. They usually contain:
- sweet almonds oil,
- jojoba oil,
- rosehip oil,
- vitamin E.
Algae extracts are also useful, since they penetrate deep into the dermis and are capable of bringing useful substances into deeper layers of the skin.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MINIMIZE THE STRETCH MARKS?
Six months to a year. All products and treatments for fighting stretch marks have a cumulative effect and are good when used in a complex. The more time you spend fighting stretch marks, the sooner you will see positive changes.
THE MAIN PARTING WORD FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM STRETCH MARKS?
The main thing with this issue is not to be lazy. Take care of your skin on a regular basis – and you will not notice the “depot effect” working. The existing stretches will significantly decrease, and the appearance of new ones will be prevented.
Do not despair if you do not see the results for some time. The most important thing in this fight is persistence.