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What Ingredients Should I Look for When Buying Stretch Mark Cream

When it comes to buying a stretch mark cream ingredients are extremely important. The reason that stretch mark cream is so controversial is because there are so many out there that make outrageous claims of a cure to their common occurrence. And while a stretch mark cream can help prevent, or minimize the appearance of a stretch mark, nothing is a guarantee. One way to ensure that you get the maximum amount of benefits out of your investment is to ensure that the product contains all the components needed to help prevent or minimize the stretch mark.

The prevention of stretch marks should be you first concern when finding out you are pregnant, or for that matter during adolescence, body building, or any type of rapid weight gain. This is because these are the times that a stretch mark will occur. Stretch marks occur when the body goes through a sudden growth that places strain on the tissue fibers, when the tissue fibers break the stretch marks appears. The goal of the stretch mark prevention cream is to keep the skin hydrated and encourage the production of collagen and elastin. It is the active ingredients in the cream that promotes this process.

So, what are the ingredients?

Common ingredients that are effective at promoting the production of collagen and elastin, there by preventing a stretch mark are:

• Vitamin A (aka Retinol)
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin C
• Alpha hydroxy
• And Tiger’s herb

Now, just because a product does not contain all of the above ingredients does not make ineffective. As long as the product contains some of these ingredients it should be effective. However, just be sure it is a great idea to alternate. Many of these products recommend applying it several times daily, so use the actual product in the morning, then in the afternoon use a great moisturizer that has a lot to offer such as coco butter, and then at night use the stretch mark cream again. This will ensure that your body is well moisturized and that no vitamin or mineral is left out!

Basically the same ingredients are needed to fade the stretch mark as are needed to prevent it. No product, I repeat, No product is going to eliminate stretch marks! Stretch marks are scars in the dermis layer of your skin, therefore they are a permanent fixture unless you opt for some sort of surgical procedure. However, some of these creams that promote the production of collagen and elastin have proven effective at reducing their appearance. These products can be quite expensive so I would highly suggest researching the product, ingredients, and reputation before purchasing.

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