Of all the biological and lifestyle changes that come with having a child, stretch marks are probably pretty low on your list of priorities. Let’s face it, these little scar-like tears beneath your skin, with no dangerous medical implications, don’t merit expensive or high maintenance responses like laser treatment or microdermabrasion. But yeah, they’re a little annoying.
So what can be done to minimize their visibility, and can it be done between diaper changes and without breaking the bank?
Well, to start, it helps to understand the underlying cause. Stretch marks are tiny tears in the dermis (the sensitive layer of skin beneath the epidermis), that are caused by the skin growing, or stretching, faster than its elasticity allows. As these skin fibers snap, lower levels of skin become visible—first blue and purple, as the blood vessels become visible, and then they eventually fade to a lighter version of your skin tone as the blood vessels contract and the fat beneath becomes visible.
To treat and prevent the worst case stretch mark scenario, you have to focus on boosting your skin's elasticity. The best way to do this is to drink lots of water, and use creams and oils that are high in antioxidants—particularly vitamins E and C—which support the formation of collagen and elastin in your skin, strengthening the fibers that hold the dermis together.
Know what’s super rich in those very antioxidants? You guessed it, moringa oil. Applying moringa oil to the belly, breasts, legs, and buttocks can help prevent the formation of stretch marks, especially when applied through gentle massage, stimulating and strengthening the dermis.
Another thing to keep in mind is to try and gain weight in a slow stable manner throughout your pregnancy, and not gain more than your doctor’s recommendation for a woman of your weight and body type. Stretch marks usually appear around the beginning of the third trimester. If your skin starts to feel itchy around the belly, that’s a good indication that you should start doing our moringa-massage treatment every day.