Belly masks are being targeted to help pregnant women combat stretch marks and skin damage.
HATCH Mama Collection has launched the Belly Mask (AUD$15), which promises to ‘help minimise stretch marks during pregnancy’.
But according to Sydney dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook, sheet masks will do little to prevent marks in the long-run.
The Belly Mask contains aloe vera to ‘soothe and reduce inflammation’ and propolis to ‘heal and help rebuild damaged skin cells and fade scars’.
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But Dr Cook told Daily Mail Australia that she doesn’t believe these ingredients, while nourishing, will have much of an input when it comes to scarring.
‘I’m not sure they really help at all, as the damage is due to the rapid mechanical pressure from the weight gain that then causes the collagen fibres to literally snap and fragment,’ she explained.
‘Stretch marks come from rapid stretching of the skin, which tends to occur in the later stages of pregnancy when there is rapid fluid and weight gain.’
Instead Dr Cook recommends keeping your weight gain healthy and stable, as well as moisturising the skin.
Dr Cook recommends the old-fashioned remedy lanolin.
Or you could simply embrace your tiger stripes, like this mum did. After all, you earned them!
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