If you are pregnant or have recently gained weight, you are probably noticing some red or purple lines—striae, in medical terms. Damaged elastin fibers in the skin, or stretch marks, are caused by genetic predisposition, pregnancy, and rapid weight gain or weight loss, but proper skincare can reduce or even eliminate these unsightly lines.
Finally your skin will be massaged with hydrating lotion. Massaging relaxes your body, improves circulation, and encourages tissue growth, resulting in the production of new skin cells. Again your particular skincare needs will determine the course of your treatment, but lotions with cocoa butter or shea butter bases and rich in vitamins A, D, and E all nourish skin and encourage collagen production to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks.
Chemical peels might be recommended for more severe stretch marks. Depending on your skin type, a professional will use a chemical, such as glycolic acid (ranging in strength from 20 to 70 percent) or Trichloracetic acid (ranging from 35 to 50 percent) in order to peel away the top layer of dead skin cells and reduce stretch marks.
Although no treatment is guaranteed to get rid of stretchmarks, exfoliation and chemical peels work best on newly-formed stretch marks, so frequent and regular spa visits, combined with adequate hydration and proper moisturizing, are the best way to care for your body’s largest organ, your skin.