Updated: Nov 14, 2019
We’ve all been there - you’re trying on a new bathing suit or a pair of shorts and you can't help but notice your glamorous stripes. If you have unsightly stretch marks you're not alone. Stretch marks are completely natural and we all have them. Your stretch marks are a result of the stretching of the skin. This can happen during pregnancy and when gaining or losing rapid weight. Your stretch marks are here to stay so embrace them and wear them proudly!
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and makes your skin more elastic. If your skin doesn’t have enough, the marks may show up as it stretches. There is no way to reverse the scars but you can reduce their appearance by taking the following steps.
Always stay well hydrated. Stretch marks are always more visible when your skin is dry. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Don’t forget, you can find your liquids in what you eat. Eating well hydrated foods i.e - watermelon, melon, pineapple, oranges and healthy fats will not only keep you hydrated but also boost your vitamin intake.
Butter up. One of the best ways to keep your skin looking healthy and young is by using natural oils such as shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil, geranium oil, neroli essential oil etc. These specific oils have been hailed to be some of the more effective oils for stretch mark treatment. It helps mend collagen and improve skin's elasticity by boosting elastin fibers and assists in the regeneration of scarred tissue.
Retinoid cream. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids — such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) — that you apply to your skin may improve the appearance of stretch marks less than a few months old. Tretinoin, when it works, helps to rebuild collagen, making the stretch marks look more like your normal skin.
Self tanner. Stretch marks do not tan, and when you tan, the marks can become more noticeable. Using a self-tanning lotion, however, can help to disguise stretch marks.
Body scrub. Using a body scrub alone can't banish stretch marks. But using an exfoliator before applying a collagen-building moisturizer, serum, or oil can help remove dry, rough skin for maximum product absorption.
With today's technology there are plenty of treatments that can reduce your stretch marks such as lasers, micro-needling etc. Although it can reduce more dramatic stretch marks it will probably cost you anywhere between $8,900 and up.
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