Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy With Bio-Oil
To help prevent the formation of pregnancy stretch marks it is recommended that Bio‑Oil be applied twice daily to the most common areas for stretch marks from the start of the second trimester. It should be applied by massaging in circular motions until fully absorbed into the skin. As well as regular application of Bio-Oil, there are also a number of natural ways to boost the skin’s health during pregnancy:
Diet. Vitamins A, E and C, zinc and silica help to maintain the skins elasticity. Incorporate foods rich in these key nutrients into the diet in order to maintain optimal skin health throughout pregnancy. Dark leafy greens are high in vitamins A and C and silica while almonds, avocado and shrimp are high in rich in vitamin E. Common sources of zinc include red meats, poultry, nuts, whole grains.
Exercise. In addition to boosting energy levels and improving sleep patterns, exercise can help prevent stretch marks. Exercise regulates and increases circulation in the body and helps increase oxygen inhalation, which keeps the skin elastic and increases its capacity to stretch as it grows. Expectant mothers should try low impact exercises such as yoga which promotes activity through easy fluid motions.
*K. Korgavkar and F. Wang (2014) ‘Stretch marks during pregnancy: a review of topical prevention’, British Journal of Dermatology