Pregnancy is a life changing event. Not only does it affect everyone close to you, but the after effects of being pregnant stay with the new mother for a long, long time. One of the visual and physical effects of being pregnant are wrinkles and fine lines, which manage to show themselves all over the body.
Pregnancy wrinkles, or striae gravidarum, are red appearing stretch marks left behind by pregnancy and they commonly appear on the belly skin, though they can also show up on the breasts, thighs, buttocks and hips. The main reason for these marks is due to the skin stretching. As the embryo grows, the skin expands to accommodate the size of the baby. The appearance of wrinkles and fine lines can be worse for some mothers especially if their skin is less elastic, have a family history of stretch marks, or if they’ve gained weight over the recommended weight gain.
While there’s no fool-proof way to prevent stretch marks, the risk of developing them can be minimized by keeping to the recommended weight and by staying well hydrated. We’ve also listed a few other measures that can be taken to keep those pregnancy wrinkles at bay:
1. Moisturize: Use cocoa butter, aloe vera or a Vitamin E skin cream that will improve the elasticity of the skin and keep it soft and warm.
2. Exfoliate: Use a soft bristled brush to get rid of those dead skin cells and encourage circulation.
3. Workout: Doing light resistant exercises will increase muscle tone and make the skin tighter.
4. Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid — produced by the body — is found in almost every cell in the body with the greatest concentration found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid’s function is to bind water and to lubricate parts of the body. It’s consistency and tissue-friendliness allows it to be beneficial in skin-care products as an excellent moisturizer.
5. Sleep: Sleep, whenever or however you can. Whether it’s an extra hour and half during the day, or going to bed early.
Fighting wrinkles while pregnant is a little harder than getting rid of them when you’re not pregnant. Another way to help with those wrinkles may be by using medical grade silicone pads. An important thing to note, however is that there is no direct clinical data to support that using silicone while pregnant is medically sound. Even though Silicone is a highly biocompatible and inert substance — and also since silicone molecules are larger than those of human skin and therefore cannot pass through — it’s still advisable to consult with your doctor to determine if the topical use of silicone is suitable for you. Silicone pads however can be used effectively after the baby is born. At this time the skin has stopped stretching and you can take a targeted approach to your anti-wrinkle regiment. You can use SilcSkin’s Decollette anti-wrinkle pads which are medical grade and made by using a platinum curing process to ensure that no residue is left behind. SilcSkin’s Decollette Pads can be cut to a different shape if necessary, and they can be used on the belly and buttock wrinkles and anywhere else you may see pregnancy wrinkles.