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Lola Rovati @Lolarovati

During pregnancy the skin can stretch up to ten times more than its usual surface. Due to hormonal factors and poor hydration of the skin, when distended, the skin fibers break and appear scars known as stretch marks.

Once the skin is broken, the stria does not disappear, but we can still help reduce its appearance with specific creams. Those of recent appearance, those that still look pink, can improve a lot with the appropriate care.

On the other hand, stretch marks not only appear when the skin is distended, but also when the skin is returned to its previous state. Therefore, postpartum is a key moment to treat them .

Hydrate the skin inside

During postpartum, the goal is to firm the skin and restore elasticity. For this, not only do you have to help the skin maintain a good hydration on the outside with creams and oils, but also on the inside, with the help of a good diet .

Choose foods that provide antioxidants that help produce collagen to contribute to the elasticity and firmness of the skin. Choose foods rich in Vitamin A (colored fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats ...), vitamin C (citrus fruits, kiwis, strawberries, red peppers ...) and vitamin E (vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, leafy vegetables green...)

In general, you should increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains and essential fatty acids present in blue fish.

It is also important to drink enough water . You have to follow the recommendation you had during pregnancy to consume at least two liters of water a day. Keep in mind that you also drink liquid from your own food, you must not force the intake of water, but try to reach two liters a day.

Choose the most suitable products

We can find in the market a good battery of specific products to recover the firmness of the skin after childbirth.

In the previous post of beauty rituals in the postpartum we recommended massages, as well as some oils and creams to keep the skin hydrated.

The important thing is to know the components of the products to ensure that they will fulfill the desired effect. Among the most effective are the gotu kola, which acts by stimulating the production of collagen and as a healing, creams with collagen, elastin and vitamin E.

If you prefer the texture of oils, very pleasant to massage, choose rosehip oil, powerful repairer, jojoba oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil and sesame seeds.

You can also continue applying the anti-stretch mark cream you used during pregnancy or choose a firming postpartum. You must apply it twice a day with circular massages taking advantage to relax a few minutes.

The breasts also deserve a special care in the postpartum, since when producing milk they increase very much in size and it is when new striae appear. As with the rest of the body, you should always keep the skin of the breasts well moisturized, or with the products mentioned above as with specific creams for the area, trying to clean the areola before each feeding of your baby.

Postpartum is a key moment to treat stretch marks of pregnancy, so it is important to be constant to keep the skin always hydrated and healing and repairing components act effectively.

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