Fighting the Enemy – Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Among one of the biggest beauty myths is that by purchasing tons of expensive products, you’ll be able to prevent the appearance of stretch marks during your pregnancy.
The thing is – I’ve gotten in terms with the fact that in a few months time I’ll be probably noticing some lines here and there, so fighting against that is pointless. Why? Because if your skin has low elasticity – then there is not much you could do to change that, especially when the skin is rapidly stretching to cater for what’s happening inside.
The best you could do is give your skin as much moisture as possible to let stretch more effortlessly (especially if you have overly dry skin like me). I’ve added only two and relatively inexpensive products to my everyday skincare routine and I’ve been pretty satisfied with the results.
I’m almost 5 months pregnant now and as my bump is still growing, it’s too early to make a proper judgement regarding how my skin reacts to pregnancy.
Of course, drinking plenty of water (not juice, tea etc.) is also essential for the good condition of your skin, so make sure to keep a bottle of water in your bag. It should be at a room temperature, as the colder it is, the more prone to cellulite you’ll become. Actually, to reduce your cellulite mix the water with with some boiling hot water. The results are seriously amazing.
But now let’s go back to where we were headed – two of favourite helpers – Bio Oil and Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter Stick that’s been on the market for so many years that I often get customers that coming to buy a stick for their pregnant granddaughters. Cool, eh?
The PruCellin’s Bio Oil (here) is seriously the most hydrating oil I’ve ever used – the perfect combination of Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oil, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, the latter of which essential for improving the skin’s elasticity and texture as well as making it softer and smoother. However, while also suitable to be used on the face, I use it mainly on my thighs, bum (that’s also rapidly growing :D), baby bump and breasts. After I finish with step one – I move on to my every day lotion.I use the Body Shop Cocoa Butter Stick as a last step of my skin care routine, applying it again solely only on the rapidly enlarging areas.But while doing this and that to help my skin, I’m in no way obsessing over it. Being pregnant is such a whimsical thing, and these little annoyances and selfish worries shouldn’t take much of our attention. Plus, pregnancy is really a full-time job – you invest so much time and energy in thinking about your healthy diet, physical strength etc. that you can find yourself easily overwhelmed by all that you’re expected to do. But then – you’re creating the most magical thing and a few stretch marks here and there shouldn’t worry you at all, as if anything they are your little medals that you’ve been able to create for only 9 months the most beautiful things of all – life.