Argan Oil and Stretch Marks


PREGNANCY SKIN CARE

First and foremost, you should consult with your doctor regarding your skin treatment during pregnancy.   The number one treatment for skin enhancement is Vitamin E which Argan Oil has in abundance.  In fact, Argan Oil is known to have one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin E than all natural products.   I used Argan Oil every day during and after my two pregnancies and was absolutely delighted with the results – no stretch marks on my breasts, stomach or bottom.  For 100% pure Argan Oil visit http://www.zakiasmorocco.com

Welcome to your pregnancy!!  Let’s start with the basics.

Safety

A mother’s skin blocks many skin care ingredients from entering her body, but small amounts of some ingredients are still absorbed into the bloodstream. Once there, they can cross the placenta and reach the growing fetus.  That’s because the “placental barrier” is actually more of a widely spaced filter.  It blocks things the size of bacteria, but allows most chemicals to pass easy through.

While many topical ingredients are thought to be safe during pregnancy, a large number are linked to harmful effects in clinical studies with repeated or high exposures.  Some examples include Vitamin A, salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide, certain sunscreens, and even aloe vera.

Stretchmark Protection

During the second and third trimesters your uterus will grow rapidly, stretching the skin over the abdomen and tearing the connective tissues in the dermis. The torn tissue heals with irregular scars known as stretchmarks (striae gravidarum). Growth of fat deposits in the breasts, hips, thighs, and buttocks can cause stretchmarks in these areas as well.

Stretchmarks affect up to 90% of all women. They occur more often in first pregnancies, the fair-skinned, and the overweight. There is definitely a genetic component so you may not be able to avoid them, but there are things you can do to minimize your risk.

Studies have shown that Vitamin E is one of the principal ingredients to protect against stretchmarks.  Generations of Moroccan mothers have used Argan Oil  which is proven  to have one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin E of  all natural products.

Dry, Itchy Skin

Many women will experience dry, itchy skin at some point during their pregnancies. Itching caused by dry skin (xerosis) tends to be worse in the winter months. The itching is more common over tightly stretched areas of skin, such as the abdomen, in the later trimesters.  Another cause of itching is cholestasis, where slower liver function makes the skin become loaded with bile salts. Some women even develop jaundice and gallstones.  Other causes of itching include drug reaction, atopic dermatitis, contact allergies, and many other rare rashes of pregnancy. Consult with a dermatologist for itching that is persistent, severe, or associated with red bumps or blisters on the skin.

Typical dryness and itching can be minimized with the correct skin care routine. Twice weekly, use of Zakia’s Argan Gentle Exfoliate Scrub helps to remove the dry, dead skin cells and expose the fresh skin beneath. Each time you shower, use Zakia’s Beldi Black Soap which gently cleans and hydrates without stripping your skin of its natural oils. After getting out of the shower, be sure to apply our 100% pure Argan Oil which helps lock in your skin’s natural moisture.

Hair

It has long been rumored that pregnancy causes your hair to fall out. That’s not exactly true. Normally, hair cells are evenly staggered across one of three phases – anagen (growth), catagen (resting), and telogen (shedding). During pregnancy, the majority of hair cells switch into the growth phase, making the hair on your head appear thicker and fuller.

Within 3 months of delivery, the hair cells all switch into the shedding phase resulting in a period of rapid hair loss called telogen effluvium. The hair loss is usually mild and lasts several months at most, but it still may take up to several years for the complete length to grow out, if it’s very long.

Taking care of your hair with a once weekly Argan Oil will help retain that wonderful brilliance and shine.

Nails

Pregnancy causes fingernails and toenails to grow more quickly, become brittle, and sometimes develop wavy lines or indentations. These problems are usually worse after minor trauma, so try to avoid damaging the nails and be sure to keep them short and trim.

If the nails have problems despite these precautions, you should avoid the use of nail polish or other chemicals until after you deliver, when the nails usually return to normal.

A little Argan Oil and lemon oil soak will help strengthen your nails and bring back their vitality.

For more information about Argan Oil visit www.zakiasmorocco.com

Yes for all of those out there the stomach above is my own, but I was embarrassed to show the whole picture.

Zakia

 

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