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Everything you need to know about stretch marks

What you need to know about stretch marksStretch marks are like family – once you’ve got them they are here to stay. But there’s good news – you can safely and effectively reduce the appearance of these marks, somewhat like moving away from your less than desirable relatives – making them ‘distant’!

Here’s everything you need to know about the silver stripes.

How are they formed?

When your body grows faster than your skin can keep up, fibers break under the surface of your skin. That is why stretch marks appear during rapid weight gain, body building or pregnancy. The two areas that are primarily affected are your breasts and stomach, but stretch marks can also show up on other secondary areas of the body, like the buttocks, upper arms and thighs.

What should I use?

There are many great products available to help fight stretch marks, but we recommend Celltone Tissue Oil (R99.90 for 60ml). Not only is it clinically proven to reduce their appearance, it also contains bisobolol, natural Vitamin E and snail extract gel which separate this oil from the rest.

How do I prevent them from forming?

It is important to prevent damage before it occurs. Because tissue oils increase the skin’s hydration levels, they help prevent stretch marks due to improved elasticity. So if you are recently pregnant, lifting weights like Arnold or gaining weight, love the skin you’re in by hydrating it to prevent your skin from stretching.

What if I already have them?

Tissue oils that contain Vitamin E oil and snail gel extract can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks over time with continued use.

Looking for more body busting tips? Here’s 4 ways to beat stretch marks and how to banish your body hang-ups

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