Stretch marks are also called "striae" which happens when your skin changes shape rapidly due to "growth" or "weight gain". They are harmless and aren’t a sign that anything is wrong with your health. However, stretch marks has become a common problem for both men and women as they have become so stubborn and tend to have adverse effect on people’s confidence. Of course, it doesn't matter if they appear as a result of pregnancy or sudden weight gain, the thing here is that it's one of the beauty woe that is commonly seen on the waist, thighs, lower backs, hips, breasts, arms and buttocks.
Although, at first stretch marks will appear as a thin red or purple line on your skin but later turns into a different texture than the surrounding skin layer as most of them fade and take on a lighter or almost translucent coloring and eventually become shiny and visible.
The question is does creams cause stretch marks?
Well yes! mostly retinoids and bleaching creams do so. However reports came from alot of people who used skin bleaching agents and they end up getting stretch marks. However, this does not mean that skin bleaching should be avoided but it's very important you choose the right type of bleaching agent that will help reduce the risk of getting stretch marks, since bleaching agents are the major causes of it.
However, when it comes to the area of skin bleaching, making uses of low quality skin bleaching agents are the main culprits as many of these agents are usually not well tested when being developed. So therefore, ensuring that your bleaching cream a well brand and also reliable, is the surest way to avoid stretch marks as prolong use of corticosteroid creams and lotions can decrease the levels of collagen in your skin and this collagen strengthens and supports the skin. Therefore a decrease in the amount of collagen in the body can increase your chances of get stretch marks.
Here are the 5 best lotion ingredients to look out for when buying your next cream to avoid the risk of stretch marks
Ceramides are lipid molecules found in the membrane of skin cells that helps prevent moisture loss. Therefore using products that contains ceramides, helps keep your skin moisturized and also prevents eczema.
2. Glycerin, glycols and polyols
These three ingredients, helps maintain elasticity of the skin and also bind extra moisture.
3. Hyaluronic acid
This is a quick and effective hydrating ingredient which keeps collagen and elastin moist functioning, thereby making your skin look supple and youthful.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has a "moisturizing and healing" benefits to the skin. It helps strengthen the skin, and it's also a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient. Therefore, it's an important ingredient the for skin as it keeps it hydrated, also serve as an effective natural barrier to the sun (sun shade for the skin).
5. Essential fatty acids
This is also known as "healthy fats". It serves as a fuel for cells to undergo biological processes, like moisturization in order to keep the skin healthy and glowing.
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