Love them or hate them, a scar is the natural outcome of the body's normal healing process as it works to repair the skin. A protein called collagen rapidly responds to protect the body from the outside world, resulting in a section of the skin that looks and feels different forever more. While scars are somewhat permanent in nature, we can do something about the severity and visibility of them - and it comes down to post-surgery care (a skilled surgeon can help enormously, too).
- Rest - Your body detoxes, builds tissue and replenishes itself while you sleep. Try and allow your body time to rest and repair. Invest in the body pillows to make yourself more comfortable, listen to guided meditation, or if getting your Om on isn't your cup of tea - pop on some Netlix and chill!
- Keep an eye on your wound - most surgical sites start to improve in appearance after several days. If yours is looking worse as the days go by, check in with your doctor.
- Hydrate - Water is essential for your body's healing processes and will help flush lingering medications from your system.
- Move (gently) - movement helps with circulation, which can reduce swelling and help with inflammation. My doctors were BIG on ensuring I had full range of movement in my arms before leaving hospital.
- Collagen boost - supplement with a collagen powder. the amino acids can aid in building and repair of skin tissue, stimulating collagen synthesis and supporting wound healing. Our fave is Imbibe Living Miracle Collagen Powder, or if you're vegan, try Edible Beauty Vegan Plant-based Collagen.
- Apply Nuni Scar Serum (obvs!) - To give your scarring the best shot at healing as close as possible to your normal skin colour and texture, apply twice daily. Safe for use on all fully healed scars and most effective on new scarring, this powerhouse formula is chock full of botanical actives that work to soothe and repair damaged skin, and diminish raised scar tissue and discolouration.
- Eat healing foods - to rebuild tissue, your body needs all the good stuff - particularly protein, carbohydrates and calcium, from clean sources.
- Juice it up - organic veggie juices (carrot in particular) are rich in nutrients such as potassium, and antioxidants that benefit the skin.