Stretch marks are defined as dermal and epidermal ‘tearing’ as a result of your skin’s inability to accommodate rapid growth or a genetic predisposition. When it comes to stretch marks, the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ certainly rings true. One of the best ways to prevent stretch marks from forming is to moisturise the skin daily in order to hydrate and nourish the skin. Try to use moisturisers containing Vitamin E and essential moisturising oils. Also drink enough water daily so that your body can stay hydrated and eat nutritious meals, plus follow a healthy exercise routine.

How to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

Remember, there is no product on the market that can be applied topically that will get rid of stretch marks once they have formed. However, you can use a firming lotion or tissue oil that will help replenish the skin with moisture and restore firmness and resilience to improve the appearance of stretch marks

Here are some basic tips on how to prevent stretch marks:

  • Watch your weight

People who gain or lose weight quickly are at highest risk of getting stretch marks. Try your best to maintain your weight by doing regular exercise and following a healthy eating plan.

  • Regular exfoliation

Exfoliate your skin weekly to help with the growth of new skin cells and to add a healthy glow to your body.

  • Moisturise & Hydrate

Use a moisturiser containing Vitamin E or Essential oils. This will help to keep your skin moist and hydrated which can prevent the forming of new stretchmarks. Apply moisturiser every night before going to bed.

  • Vitamin A or Retinoids

Some creams or lotions contain Vitamin A, which is known for its anti-aging properties. The use of Vitamin A can reduce the appearance of stretchmarks slowly over time.

  • Sun Care

Always protect your skin from the sun by applying sunblock when you plan to go outdoors. The sun can further damage the area where you already have stretchmarks, resulting in darkening of the skin.

  • Laser

If stretchmarks really worry you and you don’t seem to get any results, you can also opt for laser treatment. Consult your skin specialist for more info and recommendations.

We highly recommend these products to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

  • Bio-oil
  • Busby Tissue Oil
  • Johnsons & Johnsons Pure Tissue Oil
  • Solal Collagen Plus Skin Essentials
  • Nivea Firming Q10 Body Lotion
  • Dermastine Vitamin A Emulsion

For more information on skin care and overall beauty please consult Jeanette at Durbell Tygervalley Pharmacy on 021-914-1777 or any of our Cosmetic consultants on 0861-PHARMACY.