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stretch marksUnless you’re one of the lucky people who never get them, most of us are well acquainted with stretch marks, also known as striations of the skin. These unsightly marks occur during pregnancy, weight or muscle gain or sometimes if a teenager has a particularly rapid growth spurt after puberty, and are literally little tears of the dermis layer beneath the skin. The tears in the dermis allow the blood vessels below to show through, which is why stretch marks are often red or purple when they first appear.

Where Do Stretch Marks Appear?

The most common places for stretch marks to happen are on the hips, buttocks, inner thighs, breasts, upper arms, shoulders and sometimes vertically along the spine in people who’ve gained a few inches in height very quickly.

What Do They Look Like?

When stretch marks first appear, they’re usually an angry red or purple colour and look like lines of bruises. Over time they usually fade and will look like small white lines, however more severe stretch marks, like the ones which appear during pregnancy, sometimes still appear quite angry even years after giving birth.

Can They Be Prevented?

Keeping your skin well-hydrated and supple is the only way to try to avoid stretch marks, so using something deeply moisturising over your whole body and especially on the areas listed above will help. Opt for something like Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream which is an ultra-rich, long-lasting body cream designed to help heal and relieve extra dry skin. This unique liquefying formula is also ideal for all-over, deeply-moisturising body massages.

What Can I Do If I Already Have Stretch Marks?

If you’ve already got stretch marks from a previous pregnancy or weight gain, fear not, there are things you can do to help. Obviously, losing weight healthily and on a balanced diet will prevent further striations from appearing. Decleor also produces the wonderful Sculpt Stretch Mark Restructuring Gel-Cream which deeply moisturises and nourishes the skin.

It’s a multi-functional product which prevents stretch marks from appearing but also helps the skin to repair and regenerate after damage has already happened. The best part is, all Decleor Perfect Sculpt products have undergone in vitro and ex vitro tests on the active ingredients, clinical tests on the boosting effect of AROMESSENCE™ Sculpt, and tests on pregnant women under the supervision of a gynaecologist and are proven to be totally safe for use in pregnancy.