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For many of you, stretch marks are the bane of the summer months. You’ve trained hard all winter, have the abs to prove it and can’t wait to show them but those purple and silvery lines just aren’t rocking the look. What do you do?
When it comes to getting rid of stretch marks, prevention is far better than cure.’
‘Stretch marks are scarred tissue in the dermis (the middle layer of the skin),’ they form when the skin is injured from over-stretching and are notoriously difficult to treat.’
The cool beam is basically a type of fractional erbium laser treatment which, in layman terms, works by re-injuring the skin, stimulating collagen production and encouraging the formation of new scar tissue, which – you hope – will create a better scar in the long run.
Take steps to minimize your risk of developing stretch marks in the first place.
1) MOISTURISE: ‘Skin dryness will prevent any scar – including stretch marks – from healing well so keep the skin hydrated,’ pure shea butter is more hydrating than coconut butter and contains fatty acids and active fibers that help the skin to repair. Layer it over hyaluronic acid gel or cream for maximum benefits.
2) SWITCH UP YOUR TEA: ‘Green tea inhibits fibrosis – excessive scar formation,’ turmeric also does the drink. Staying hydrated will also help prevent skin dryness so is key in stretch mark prevention.
3) BE AN EARLY BIRD: ‘When it comes to improving the appearance of stretch marks that have already formed, those that are purple or red have more chance of healing as the skin has not yet produced a lot of scar tissue,’ white ones, however, are older and very difficult to treat because they are essentially dead cells. Expect improvement, but not elimination.