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What Every Pinay Mama Should Know About Stretch Mark Removal

Around 90% of women develop stretch marks when they get pregnant, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. While stretch marks are normal and shouldn’t be a cause for worry, many Pinay Mamas find themselves wanting to get rid of them. There’s no magic stretch mark removal potion that can zap the battle scars away, but these tips and tricks definitely help:

6 Tips To Help Your Skin Heal

Stretch marks do not fade completely, but with time and the proper regimen, they can look almost invisible. If you want to speed up the process, follow these tips:

1. Drink Lots of Water

You hear this advice all the time, but it really does work. Drinking lots of water would make your organs happy and it promotes healthy, happy, and glowing skin. When you’re sufficiently hydrated, your skin has enough firepower to reduce the appearance of the stretch marks.   

2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize 

Mama Joana (@nanayjv)

Water does your skin good, but it doesn’t hurt to supplement it with a hydrating cream. For best results, use one that’s specifically designed for your stretch marks. A face moisturizer can improve your skin’s elasticity, but what about relieving the itch that comes with stretch marks?

Your best bet is to choose one with all-natural ingredients like Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream.  This ultra-moisturizing cream uses a patented formula with Lipobelle Soyaglycone, aloe vera, shea butter, and jojoba oil to make your skin smooth and supple.

3. Relieve Itching

Mama Shane (@shaneeeh)

The most annoying and unseen manifestation of stretch marks? Itching. Scratching contributes a lot of skin damage to your stretch marks, making it appear worse. It won’t help that you’re moisturizing your skin, helping to repair it, then scratching excessively because it’s just so itchy. Prevent further skin damage and relieve dry, itchy skin. Using products with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, thick oils, or oatmeal can be effective against itching.

4. Exfoliate Every Week

Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells and makes the skin brighter and smoother. But there’s a catch—it can do its job a little too well. That’s why you should only exfoliate once a week. Many exfoliants may also be too abrasive on the skin, so skip the ones with microbeads and go for an exfoliant that’s suitable for sensitive skin. Lastly, remember to moisturize after you exfoliate! You don’t want your skin to get dry and itchy.

5. Exercise Regularly

Since stretch marks are caused by loose skin, strengthening the muscles in your belly, thighs, and the other areas they appear will help your skin regain its firmness. You don’t have to follow the most vigorous routine you find on YouTube. Do a workout you enjoy so that you’ll be motivated to stay active. You can start exercising once a week and then add more days as your body gets used to the routine.     

6. Add More Healthy Food to Your Diet

Does this mean you need to give up your favorite chips? No, but eat them in moderation. More fruits and leafy greens and less sodium and sweets are the way to go. 

Now eating healthy isn’t just crucial for being beautiful inside and out. It’s also necessary for breastfeeding mamas. If it’s difficult to find the drive to improve your diet, think about how much it’ll help you and your baby. 

7. Put Some Ice

When they’re new, stretch marks are red and angry-looking. You may also feel the urge to scratch them, but avoid doing that. Instead, rub ice on the scars. This makes the marks look less puffy; plus, it brings the irritation down. 

Make sure to put the ice in a plastic bag or wrap them in a clean cloth to avoid burning your skin from too much cold.

Get One Step Closer to Healing Your Skin

Consistency is the key to healing your skin. As much as you want them to disappear overnight, they take a while to fade. While you’re waiting for that to happen, we encourage you to embrace those battle scars. They’re proof of your strength and unconditional love for your little one. To give your skin some extra love, support its healing by using a product that’s designed to give you #OneLessWorry as you go through all these different stages.

 

Read more:

What Are Stretch Marks: All Your Questions Answered

How Can You Reduce Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

6 Ways To Deal With Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

The Truth About Aloe Vera and Shea Butter for Stretch Marks

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The Mama's Choice PH team is composed of three Mamas who are dedicated to spoiling their little ones with lots of cuddles, playtime and the occasional sweets, of course. <3

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