Are stretch marks permanent? This is a question that many women ask and is something I wondered during pregnancy. The answer is both yes and no. It all depends on how much you want to get rid of them and whether you are willing to put in the effort to try and hide them. Technically they are permanent and will always be there but you can improve their appearance and make it look like you never had them in the first place with a few tricks.
Stretch Marks: What Are They?
When the skin changes size and shape quickly, tears can start to form in the middle layers. This is usually because the skin has lost its ability to stretch and go back to normal. The skin is just like elastic. If looked after, it will constantly expand and contract without any sign of it ever happening. However, it does reach a point when there is not enough collagen being produced and the skin breaks, just like an elastic band does.
When the skin tears the red and purple marks appear on the top layers of the skin. The marks are more common in women who have either gained or lost weight quickly, such as during and after pregnancy or because they have been on some type of quick weight loss diet. As the skin starts to heal, the red marks turn brown and then silver.
There is a common misconception that silver stretch marks form when you lose weight and red ones when you gain weight. There is no truth in this at al. If the marks show up silver from the start, it simply means that the skin’s elasticity is just starting to break.
When trying to remove the stretch marks, red and purple ones are much easier. The marks are still fresh and it is easier to heal it. However, if you want to cover up the marks, it is easier to do that with the silver ones since they are closer to your skin’s natural colour.
Are Stretch Marks Permanent?
One of the best things you can do to help remove the marks is to keep your skin hydrated. This helps to improve the elasticity and will help to fade your marks. You should drink plenty of water every day but you also need to focus on getting the moisture into the layers of skin. Moisturising or stretch mark creams are designed to do exactly that. Always read the label of any creams you buy to know how often to use them and how long they take to work.
You will also be able to massage your skin to improve the blood flow. This is important to encourage more collagen to be produced; another essential factor in improving the elasticity of the skin.
Cocoa butter is an excellent option. It works as a moisturiser and is perfect for all people, including pregnant women. Use it naturally as part of your daily beauty routine to help the stretch marks fade.
Preventing the Marks Appearing in the Future
Now that you know more about removing stretch marks, it is important to focus on preventing them. This will help to cut out all the work of hiding them and trying your best to make them fade. It is relatively easy to prevent the marks, as long as you are willing to look after your skin and help to nourish it.
There are three steps to nourishing the skin and helping to prevent stretch marks becoming a problem again.
- Stay hydrated. This helps to improve the skin’s flexibility so that the middle layers will not tear. Moisturising creams will help with this and leave your skin looking and feeling great too!
- Avoid gaining or losing weight excessive. Sometimes this is unavoidable (like during pregnancy) but try as much as you can to eat a healthy diet and avoid losing or gaining weight quickly. If you know that you need to lose weight, there are plenty of healthy long term plans available that help to prevent this from becoming a problem.
- Massage your skin. This helps to improve the flow of blood around your system to improve the elasticity of the skin. It is also a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. Do this when applying moisturiser to make it easier.
Removing stretch marks is possible but it will take some time so be patient. Moisturising and stretch mark creams are available to help. However, it is often best to avoid them from being a problem in the future by eating a healthy diet and remaining hydrated. The more you look after your skin, the better it will look. There is no better time to start than right now and you will never regret it when you look 10 years younger during retirement!