How to safely and naturally prevent and treat stretch marks

Did you know that between 75 and 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy? 

To prevent this happening, or to treat already present stretch marks, be sure to follow these tips:

1. Eat lots of organic fruits and vegetables to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to regenerate. 

2. Tone your muscles. Gentle daily exercise is a great remedy. Try yoga, walking, swimming. 

3. Massage your skin with organic oil daily for 10-20 minutes to improve absorption and blood circulation to promote healing. 

4. Generously apply stretch mark cream to areas that are most likely to be affected: thighs, tummy, buttocks, hips and breasts. 

5. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water and herbal pregnancy friendly teas like Synthesis Soothe Tisane.

6. Exfoliate skin to remove dead skin cells and speed up healing process. Try blending a handful of organic raw sugar with organic oil and then rubbing into moist skin. 

7. Take a natural vitamin C supplement to boost skin's elasticity from within.

Consistency is key with all of the above and if you are treating stretch marks, it can take up to a month to see results.

First Light has included the best natural ingredients for treating and preventing stretch marks in our products for Mum.

These are:

Organic Neroli Oil: With an incredible aroma that relaxes body and mind, helping to relieve muscle spasms, this amazing oil also rejuvenates and regenerates the skin, helping to prevent and treat stretch marks. 

The name is said to have originated from the Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille (Countess of Nerola) who used the oil as a perfume. It is one of the most expensive essential oils, requiring over 450kg  of orange blossoms to make just 450ml. 

Organic Mandarin Oil: encourages the growth of new skin cells and replaces previously damaged skin cells making it an excellent cure for stretch marks and damaged scarred skin. 

Organic Blue Chamomile: soothes inflammation, keeping skin smooth and comfortable.

organic rosehip oil

Organic Rosehip: used with much success to treat stretch marks, scars (of any kind), eczema and psoriasis and skin damage. Backed up with clinical trials from around the world. The natural vitamin A found in Rosehip helps improve damaged connective tissues.

Organic Aloe Vera: Fights inflammation, regenerates skin tissues and restores moisture levels

Organic Coconut oil: Reverses damage and softens skin

Organic Avocado oil – High concentrations of skin essential vitamins A, E and D, as well as fats that improve skin elasticity

Natural non GMO Vitamin E oil: The most utilized oil for scars, a powerful antioxidant that improves skin elasticity

Organic Lavender oil: Has been proven to prevent and reduce scars and stretch marks

Organic Shea Butter: contains vitamins A, E and F. Vitamin A and E are known to balance and normalize the skin. They are also both soothing and hydrating which is beneficial to the skin. Vitamin F consists of two essential fatty acids; linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid, both of which work to soften and revitalize dry skin. 

Organic Evening Primrose: Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant - it is essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin.

Organic Jojoba Oil: Native Americans have long used jojoba oil to help heal sores and wounds, it helps promote healing of the skin in many ways.

Organic Calendula: Calendula contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants which protect the body against cell-damaging and also stimulates the production of collagen. Studies indicate that this herb both reduces healing time and increases the quality of healing. 

Organic Wheat Germ: The richest source of Vitamin E in any vegetable oil. It also has a high content of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. It is rich in protein and lecithin plus essential fatty acids not manufactured in the body (Linoleic acid, oleic palmitic and stearic fatty acids) which help in healthy cell growth and regeneration. Improves circulation of blood in the skin when used externally.  

All of these are found in First Light organic baby oil (good for mum too) and First Light Organic Stretch mark cream.