BY LISA WILLIAMS
Stretch marks: nearly everyone gets them. Lately their visibility has become more widely embraced (thank you, Chrissy Teigen). We’ve reached out to medical experts for advice. The first step is understanding why they happen.
According to Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic, “Stretch marks are essentially due to dermal collagen tears. Rapid weight gain or loss and genetics play a role in their formation, and the underlying case seems to be a loss of elastic tissue”.
Medical experts we spoke to advise “ingredients that support collagen health” to improve the appearance of stretch marks. A combination of high potency Vitamin C and peptides are ideal as they work in different ways to help support and strengthen collagen.
We zeroed in on the solutions that will visibly help you reduce the appearance of your stretch marks.
Retinol is a dermatologist go-to for all sorts of skin texture issues, meaning it’s the ideal match for softening stretch marks. While retinol comes in many forms, fans of retinol claim that the cream form tends to be associated with more flaking and peeling whereas the oil version hydrates and nourishes at the same time, making it ideal for body skin which is devoid of active oil glands.
Our Choice Retinol Gold Neck Oil, initially meant for the hydration of delicate neck skin, but we found it so nourishing and full of vital vitamin A that women have been using it on their stretch marks to great effect.
A nice dose of vitamin c tones and brightens, but penetration is key. Therefore we find that an in-clinic treatment of vitamin C results in maximal antioxidant concentration working their active magic in the skin, where its needed.
Our Choice Plasma C Boost is a great investment for those short on time but high on expectations.
PULSED DYE LASER
No other laser can treat the purplish and reddish hues of fresh stretch marks like Vbeam laser. Surpassing even traditional offerings such as IPL, Vbeam does double duty reducing the visibility of unsightly stretch marks as well as rejuvenates underlying skin. Effects start as soon as 7 days after one session though a series of sessions may be needed for optimal results.
Our Choice Vbeam is the anti-redness laser of choice and fresh stretch marks respond eagerly to its skin healing beams.
Once stretch marks has faded to its silvery colour, seek out fraxel laser which renews skin like no other. Skin will feel smoother, firmer and stronger after a few passes of this restorative laser therapy.
Our Choice For a skin smoothening effect on aged stretch marks, check out Fraxel laser.
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