From childhood to adulthood, our bodies grow and change so much that sometimes I really wonder how they can handle it all! As teenagers, we go through puberty, and we all know that means a lot of bodily changes as we grow into our adult figures. Then many of us decide to become parents, which for mothers means housing a small human in our bellies! All of this expanding inevitably means that our skin needs to stretch, but we are not elastic bands and our bodies can start to bear marks from all this change. Pair that with scarring from various injuries or skin problems and our skin can start lose its even appearance, often affecting our self esteem and confidence. Natural body creams designed to rejuvenate the skin can help to minimise the appearance of marks and scars so you can start to feel more confident in your own skin again.
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks may form as a result of pregnancy or changes in body weight or shape. During pregnancy, as the belly expands the skin of course has to stretch with it, often causing stretch marks which appear as streaky, scar-like lines and areas. They're also common in adolescents whose bodies are rapidly growing and changing. Stretch marks might start out as red or pink in appearance due to an inflammatory response to tissue expansion, then turn white or silver as a result of becoming scar tissue.1
What causes scarring?
Scarring occurs when the skin is damaged by trauma such as an injury, burn, surgical procedures such as a C-Section, or a skin condition like acne. Even after the body has healed and repaired damaged skin after trauma, a visible scar may remain. It might naturally fade over time or remain visible, but everyone's skin heals differently. Scarring can cause self-consciousness about unsightly marks on the face or body, and as we age, it can become harder for our bodies to repair quickly as our skin naturally slows down production of collagen, the protein needed to create plump and firm skin.
Benefits of natural stretch mark and scar treatments
Many mainstream stretch mark products can contain mineral oils from petroleum sources. Natural stretch mark and scar treatments instead make use of deeply nourishing and restorative herbal and plant based ingredients to provide nutrient rich support for the skin. Applying extra moisture daily can help to speed up the body's natural processes by delivering a boost of replenishing hydration which the body might struggle to produce itself.
Best natural scar and stretch mark cream
PURE Papaya Renew Cream
Thick and creamy, the PURE Papaya Renew Cream contains nourishing Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil, food grade fermented Papaya, Rosehip and Sweet Almond oil which may help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and deeply hydrate dry skin. With restorative Tamanu Oil which may encourage healthy cell renewal, this formula also contains Gotu Kola to help boost collagen production, smooth expression lines and improve elasticity and firmness. Non-greasy, fast-absorbing and Vegan and Gluten Free, this deeply moisturising cream can be massaged into affected areas two to three times daily and can help reduce the appearance of scars or stretch marks or help fight against future marks forming. With soothing Chamomile, it can also be used as a nourishing face cream and it's even suitable for those with mild forms of eczema or rosacea.
Source: 1Better Health.