On the one hand, under the influence of hormones, the skin becomes drier and more sensitive, and normal regeneration processes and the synthesis of elastin and collagen are affected. On the other hand, the skin is challenged and stretched by your growing belly and overall weight gain. Therefore, to keep it moisturized and nourished and to soothe irritations and itching, your skin needs special care – even from the very first months of pregnancy.
Maintaining skin elasticity is essential in helping your skin cope with the stretching and shrinking, and regaining its form, tightness and tone after birth.
We strongly recommend that you use moisturizing and nourishing oils and creams specifically developed for pregnant women on a daily basis. Apply these with gentle massaging movements on the whole body, for example after a bath or shower. Regular massages activate the blood circulation and strengthen the skin. Turn your massages into a daily ritual, a moment of relaxation and tranquility for body and soul. You will find that massages are also a great way to bond with your baby, who in the later stages of pregnancy is likely to respond to your touch.
Maternea Stretch Mark Oil combines a special selection of high quality ingredients including plant oils and vitamins, which improve and normalize the condition of the skin by keeping it hydrated, nourished and elastic.
Stretch marks are one of the biggest concerns of pregnant women. Caused by in-depth ruptures in the structure of the skin, they often appear during pregnancy. Due to increased hormone levels, the body cannot keep up with the demand for constructive components such as collagen and elastin that are needed to support the rapid stretching of the skin. Stretch marks commonly appear on the belly, thighs, breasts, and buttocks. The development of stretch marks is probably genetically determined, but whether and to what extent they will appear also depends on the skin color, age and weight gain of the mother. Over time stretch marks will fade, but unfortunately, they never completely disappear.
You can, however, prevent or limit the development of stretch marks by using specifically designed creams that activate collagen and elastin production, increase skin elasticity, and stimulate cell regeneration in the deeper layers of the skin where stretch marks are formed.
Maternea Stretch Mark Cream contains specially selected natural active ingredients, plant oils and vitamins, with high penetrating ability to maintain the skin’s elasticity, deeply hydrate and protect it while retaining its smoothness and softness. The active ingredients help skin regeneration and lighten already formed stretch marks. Like all scars, stretch marks should not be exposed to the sun.
For best results, use anti-stretch mark products frequently and consistently, starting early on in your pregnancy. Apply at least two times a day, with circular massaging movements; this stimulates the blood circulation and has a relaxing effect.
To further reduce the likelihood of developing stretch marks, try to gain weight gradually from the beginning of the pregnancy. Keep a healthy, balanced diet, especially during the second trimester, when your appetite will suddenly return after it had disappeared earlier on in your pregnancy.
After birth, your skin also needs special care. Its elastic characteristics have changed during pregnancy, so it is important to use products that are specially developed to help your body recover and tone up again. Specialized skin care will activate the cell metabolism and help restore the damaged structure of skin affected by stretching and weight gain.
Maternea Firming Cream contains a complex of selected active ingredients that helps the skin to regain its firmness and tone after birth. The cream hydrates and softens, stimulates regeneration of the skin’s damaged structure, and improves the blood circulation. The combined effect of the active ingredients provides a softer, smoother, tighter skin and reduces the signs of cellulite.
After birth, it is recommended to take up light exercise as soon as you feel ready and your doctor or midwife permits.