As the name suggests, stretch marks are a result of the skin stretching rapidly. This causes the middle layer of skin to tear slightly and the deeper layers to show through. The reason that stretch marks are often red or purple in colour is because these tears allow the blood vessels to show through.Stretch marks are usually caused by rapid weight gain/loss or pregnancy. This is because in both of these cases, the skin is put under a great deal of strain and isn’t able to compensate for the rapid stretching by producing more skin cells.
Most stretch marks aren’t particularly visible and will fade by themselves over time.
However, it is essential to keep the area moisturised during this process. Using a body oil which is suitable for massaging stretch marks like NIVEA Firming Body Oil will help to firm and nourish the skin.If you’d ratherhave a slightly richer and thicker consistency, the unique formula of NIVEA Creme will help your skin to stay supple. Massage it in! The massage will improve circulation and encourage blood flow in the affected area, which will greatly help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.