Stretch marks are a natural response to many processes which may cause the skin to grow rapidly. The good news is there are many natural ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Firstly, there are different types of stretch marks, it is good to work out which one you have prior to considering treatment options. Stretch marks often begin as red or purple marks
The newer, red-tinged stretch marks (striae rubra) are typically easier to treat. They begin red because blood vessels are present under the skin. The presence of functioning blood vessels may allow red stretch marks to be more responsive to treatment. Over time, your blood vessels will narrow, making it harder to stimulate collagen production in the skin tissue.
Exfoliation removes excess dead skin from your body and new skin from your stretch marks.
Removing dead skin from your stretch marks allows other skin treatments to penetrate more deeply and work faster and therefore enhances other treatments applied to the skin.
Our favourite: Body Polish (200ml)
2. Topical treatments
Topical treatments are applied to the skin.
Applied regularly, topical treatments can lighten the tone of stretch marks but they may not completely remove them.
Hyaluronic Acid (30 Capsules): Hyaluronic acid is a powerful ingredient for moisturizing and skin healing. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance, a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin, and also in fluids in the eyes and joints. Taken orally, hyaluronic acid can reduce signs of ageing and therefore may help in skin cell replication to reduce the appearance of stretch marks[iv].
Collagen Inner Beauty Boost (500ml): Collagen is a protein that makes your skin more elastic. If your skin doesn't have enough, the marks may show up as it stretches. Increased collagen and elastin promotes skin regeneration that can improve your skin's appearance and reduce stretch marks [v] [vi].
Ultimate BeauTea Organic Loose Leaf Herbal Tea (50g): Drink deliciously sweet and aromatic Ultimate Beauty Tea as part of your beauty regimen.
Dry Brushing: In terms of stretch marks, dry brushing can actually help soften the fat deposits that live under your skin and force them to distribute more evenly
Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure to reduce the appearance of white stretch marks. This procedure targets the upper layer of skin (epidermis), and works by stimulating the skin to tighten collagen and elastin fibres. For effective results, microdermabrasion needs to be repeated over a period of time.
Microneedling: Microneedling targets the dermis, which is the middle layer of your skin where stretch marks form. Within this procedure, tiny needles are used to trigger collagen production. Increased collagen and elastin production promotes skin regeneration that can improve your appearance of stretch marks.
To effectively treat stretch marks, you’ll need to participate in more than one treatment over a course of months.
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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.