The Truth Behind Stretch Marks & Cellulite

Meet the Expert: Alison Moffo, RN

Alison Moffo is a registered nurse (RN) and a clinical educator for CosMedix.

When your skin looks good, you feel good about yourself. Maintaining a radiant glow is easy if you form healthy habits now. Skin conditions like stretch marks and cellulite are not only unsightly, but they can be disheartening as well. While there is no surefire remedy, there are several treatments on the market that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. After all, dimples are for the cheeks on your face!

Q: What are some common concerns about stretch marks and cellulite, and what should people take into consideration when contemplating treatment for these conditions?

A: The most common concern regarding stretch marks and cellulite is that people simply want to get rid of them—permanently. There are a couple of things that need to be addressed before undergoing any treatment: 1) As with any cosmetic procedure or treatment, make sure you maintain realistic expectations about the outcome; 2) The color of stretch marks, as well as the size of cellulite pockets, can change over time—the sooner you begin treatment, the better the outcome.

Q: Although there is no known cure for stretch marks and cellulite, what steps can be taken to help reduce their unsightly appearance?

A: The use of retinol can drastically reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite and improve the overall texture of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Professional body treatments have been deemed effective if used regularly with a home care system, which should promote exfoliation, hydration and protection against environmental stressors.

Q: Can changing your lifestyle (i.e. diet, exercise regimen or sleep patterns) have any effect on the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite?

A: Stretch marks are not affected by diet and exercise; instead, they occur when the skin is stretched too quickly (as with a growth spurt in teenage years), or when a person’s weight fluctuates. However, diet and exercise can often be used in combination with a topical skin care regimen to improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.

Q: Aside from the use of retinol, what other skin care products do you
recommend to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite?

A: Stretch marks are often associated with pregnancy; however, retinol is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The Body Revolution system from CosMedix is ideal in treating stretch marks and cellulite, most specifically, Body Build, Body Shape and the professional application of Body Lift. Each of these products contains specific formulas that stimulate skin cells and restore a youthful glow. Chocked full of antioxidants, they help tighten and smooth the skin.

A Decade by Decade Beauty Guide

When it comes to health and the rate of aging, we used to think that our choices were limited—it’s in the genes. Today, however, the aging process no longer mirrors that of our parents and grandparents.

With modern scientific modalities and recent advancements in medical aesthetics, there often exists a vast difference between a person’s chronological age and biological age. It can be hard to distinguish a woman in her twenties from a woman in her forties. Unfortunately, the hands of time swing both ways; we may be 45 chronologically, but biologically, our cells may make us appear 55.

Approximately 36 percent of aging is due to factors beyond our control—our genes and heritage—but the rest is up to us. So, what’s the secret to achieving beauty at any age? Good health, quality of life and, of course, great skin care.


Prevention is crucial during this phase of your life. If you didn’t have good habits in your teens, now is the time to start. Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skin care regimen, applied in the form of an SPF moisturizer, in order to prevent premature aging. The body and skin show little change in our twenties, but external factors such as sun exposure, alcohol consumption, poor dietary habits and smoking can have adverse effects on skin down the road. If you prevent damage and protect your skin while in your twenties, your complexion will thank you for the decades to come.


Between career moves, busy lifestyles and starting a family, our thirties can bring on a variety of different stressors. Many women at this age are plagued by adult acne and inflammatory skin con-ditions due to hormonal fluctuations and work-related tension. More evidence of internal change begins to surface as age spots, crow’s feet and fine lines appear around the eyes and mouth, but signs of aging can be curtailed with professional correctives. Undergoing a series of non-wounding peels in conjunction with an at-home treatment regimen of resurfacing products can dramatically reduce the look of blemishes, wrinkles and sun spots, helping you to hold onto your youth.


As we enter our forties, noticeable differences occur as skin begins to lose elasticity. There may be slight sagging around the neck area, and lines that were only visible when you smiled or laughed in your thirties may now be etched into your complexion. Because skin cells take longer to migrate to the surface, encour-aging cellular turnover and stimulating collagen production is central to promotinghealthier, more youthful looking skin. Incorporating antioxidants into both your diet and skin care routine will assist in preventing further free radical-induced damage. Look for cleansers, exfoliants and serums infused with vitamins A, C and E and load up on fruits, green vegetables, seeds and nuts.


After 50, the skin’s abilities to retain moisture and heal properly are significantly weakened as the body experiences internal changes. Hormonal oscillation and diminished natural reserves in mature and menopausal skin can cause the complexion to appear dry or flaky. Skin care treatments containing essential vitamins, emollients and hormonal regulators such as soy isoflavones and pregnenolone—also believed to play a role in skin immunity and hydration—will aid in replenishing the skin’s lipid barrier to repair tone and texture, and firm sagging skin (now found around the forehead, mouth and eyes) to rebuild definition.