There are lots of tips for avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy. Some recommend following a special diet or using a special product, but how can you be sure that the tips you follow will effectively prevent you from getting stretch marks? If you’re expecting a child and trying to find the best way to avoid stretch marks as your body expands to accommodate your growing baby, consider these tips from some of your favorite celebrities on how they avoided stretch marks during their pregnancies.
While carrying both her son and daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly used Bio-Oil—a skincare product containing lavender, rosemary, and chamomile oils—to prevent stretch marks and keep her skin soft. Because sun exposure can weaken skin so that it’s prone to stretching and scarring, Middleton used bronzer for color and avoided sunning or tanning. She also practiced yoga during both of her pregnancies to prevent the excessive weight gain that can promote stretch marks.
Model and actress Molly Sims followed a specific diet during her pregnancy to avoid developing stretch marks. Sims recommends eating a diet that’s rich in fatty acids—nuts (sesame seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds), legumes (split peas and lentils), fish (salmon and cod), and greens (kale, spinach, and collard greens) to prevent the development of stretch marks during pregnancy.
1996 Miss USA winner Ali Landry is a fan of cocoa butter for stretch mark prevention. Landry applied cocoa butter lotion twice a day during her pregnancy to prevent stretch marks, and she applied tummy butter to her stomach at night before going to bed. She also recommends drinking plenty of water to keep skin hydrated in order to avoid developing stretch marks.
Fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham posted to Twitter that her preferred stretch mark prevention product during her four pregnancies was Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend. Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend is designed to strengthen skin and make it more elastic, containing sweet almond oil and camellia oil as its primary ingredients.
Like Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian also recommends using Bio-Oil to avoid developing stretch marks during pregnancy. Beyond preventing stretch marks, Kardashian also notes that she uses Bio-Oil on her face to avoid getting wrinkles around her eyes.
Film star Gwyneth Paltrow recommends a simpler solution for avoiding stretch marks—sweet almond oil. While sweet almond oil can be found in many stretch mark prevention products, it can also be bought on its own at your local grocery store. Paltrow recommends applying significant amounts of sweet almond oil to your stomach, chest, and thighs during pregnancy to keep your skin hydrated and soft.
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