Three Proven Inside Out Beauty Tips to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks

It is often thought that stretch marks are genetic or unavoidable. However, this is far from the truth. I have seen many women who have been able to avoid the issue of stretch marks during pregnancy by adding a few very easy and cost-effective steps into their beauty routines.
On the Outside
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Keeping the skin hydrated is key. When it is hydrated when the skin’s moisture lipid barrier is intact, the skin is stronger and more pliable, causing less injury and trauma to the skin when slowly stretched over the course of nine months. Get into a routine with this so you are consistently hydrating and firming the skin without even thinking about. Most women do this after showering.
Step One: Massage. Massage your belly, lower back, buttocks and thighs with a nutrient rich oil –rich in vitamin A, and E (jojoba, olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil all work great). These all help to promote skin elasticity and boost collagen production. They also help to repair the skin’s protective barrier to help keep the skin strong and less resistant to injury of skin tissue.
Massage in a circular clockwise motion, which follows your stomach’s natural digestive tract.
Step Two. Moisturise. Follow the massage with a sealing nourishing moisturiser.  Shea or Coco Butter are great emollients which work really well to further nourish and seal the skin, keeping it ultra-hydrated. The Edible Beauty Velvet Coffee Body Butter is rich in Shea, Olive Oil and Cocoa Butter for ultra hydration.
 
On the Inside
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. I obviously cannot emphasise this one enough! IT is equally important on the inside and outside. Drinking a lot of water ensures the skin’s elasticity is kept intact. Aim for at least two litres of water if possible daily.
A, C, E It.  Make sure you are keeping your diet rich in anti-oxidants. A good way of doing this is to eat the rainbow. Aim to have at least 5 of the below foods daily: carrots, sweet potato, kale, spinach, berries, almonds, avocado, broccoli, red capsicum, kiwi fruit and eggs (if not vegan).
  • Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to repair skin tissue which is essential when it is being stretched a little more than usual. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, sweet potato, spinach, squash. If you are not vegan, egg yolks and fish such as sardines and cod are also high in vitamin A.
  • Vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin C assist in promoting collagen production which helps to keep the skin elastic. The best sources include berries, kiwi fruit, broccoli and red capsicum.
  • Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps to keep the skin membranes intact. Our favourite vitamin E rich foods include almonds, avocado and spinach.

Anna Mitsios

Adv. Dip. Naturopathy. Adv. Dip. Nutrition. B.Com (Honours)

Anna’s career began in the corporate sector, where she specialised in corporate finance and private banking for over ten years working in Sydney and New York for a large Australian bank. Anna’s career change was sparked by her own health journey, following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 18 years of age. Her diagnosis triggered her intense study of botanicals and nutrition to manage auto-immune condition and assist others in attaining optimal health. Anna has been involved in the pursuit of herbal medicine and nutrition for over 15 years, with a focus on fertility, women’s and chidlren’s health. Anna’s naturopathy career has included working as a naturopath within a reputable natural fertility clinic in Sydney, within a pharmacy and health food store and running her own naturopathy practice. Anna is committed to creating products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using wildcrafted and exotic ingredients and encouraging her clients and people who use her skincare to nourish their skin, from the inside-out.

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