3 Things That Actually Work On Stretch Marks
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The main causes for the appearance of stretch marks are both pregnancy and puberty. Also – drastic weight changes that happen quickly (so the skin isn’t able to flex or shrink as fast as your whole body).
Anyone can develop stretch marks, no matter if they are male or female. In early stages, a stretch mark will resemble a thin purple line on your skin that is slightly different than the rest of your skin. Thankfully, in the majority of cases, almost all stretch marks fade and develop a lighter tone that is less visible.
In my unpopular opinion, stretch marks can also be beautiful. Yes, they might look unpleasant, but nevertheless, they show that something significant happened in your life. It might be becoming a woman, giving birth, losing unnecesary weight… And even that you’ve gained weight, whether due to stress or just enjoying food a lot – it’s still a part of your life story. There’s nothing to be ashamed about.
However, if you feel like there’s a little too many stretchy signs on your body, there are some ways to help them fade faster and prevent the formation of new stretch marks.
Remedies that aid in diminishing the appearance of stretch marks
Dealing with stretch marks can be a long, disappointing process that involves trying various cosmetic products, that eventually do not offer the desired result. As I faced my own stretchy situation, I wanted to minimize as much as possible the prominent stretch marks.
I found out 3 effective tips and tricks that actually work when it comes to diminishing the appearance of stretch marks.
1) Drink the right amount of water for your body
Staying properly hydrated is the first step in dealing with stretch marks. Water is the most efficient way to reduce stretch marks due to the fact that hydrated skin is softer, elastic and more toned. Moreover, drinking plenty of water will prevent stretch marks from developing in other areas of your body.
I used to be a lazy drinker (still speaking about water here!) and go with a glass or two of water per day, which is obviously not enough.
The thing that helped me create a habit of drinking more water was to add a little bit of juice (about 50-100 ml) to my 1 liter water bottle. This way water actually has a taste and it’s easier for me to keep up my water consumption, without adding a ton of calories (I use plum juice which has only 48 calories per 100 ml).
Another tip is to invest in a pretty water bottle that can keep you motivated to drink more. You can find a good bottle on Amazon for a reasonable price and the good thing is that such bottle will last you for years.
2) Aloe Vera as a stretch marks home remedy
One of the most effective home remedies for stretch marks is using a pomade made out of 60 millilitres of Aloe Vera gel mixed with ten vitamin E capsules and five vitamin A capsules. Applying this daily leads to a visible reduction in the appearance of stretch marks.
This happens because of the fact that Aloe Vera is abundant in healing properties (that’s why it’s commonly used in sunburn products). It is an ally when it comes to boosting skin’s health, while aiding it to naturally repair damage.
Choose an organic aloe vera gel when possible and, if you can’t get vitamin A + E in capsule form, you can always use natural oils like coconut, macadamia, rosehip seed or jojoba which are high in these vitamins as well.
3) Sugar as an exfoliator
Sugar has the power to eliminate dead skin cells and to rejuvenate skin. It was probably the best home remedy for stretch marks I had. All you have to do is to mix one tablespoon of sugar with almond oil and lemon juice.
Apply this mixture on your strech marks and allow to work for around 10 minutes. After washing it off, apply a product all over your body that hydrates deeply (the aloe vera gel + vitamins mixture worked wonders for me).
Anyway, various home-made remedies include regular kitchen items such as potato juice, lemon juice, cocoa butter or olive oil, all-natural ingredients that have healing properties and aim to hydrate and repair your skin.
The trick is to stick to the plan and apply daily such mixture along with an exfoliator for at least a month. After that period, you will observe that those home-made remedies actually work in dealing with stretch marks.
However, everybody has a different body – and different skin too. If natural remedies don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to try store-bought products as well. You can also opt for a pregnancy anti-stretch marks oil, even if you aren’t pregnant. These are specifically formulated to help keep skin elastic and fade visible scars:
… And even if nothing helps – don’t forget to love your body the way it is. There’s always room for improvement but even stretch marks, scars and pigmentation can be beautiful if you learn to embrace it. Even Kylie Jenner loves to show off a big scar on her thigh – and nothing is prettier than being confident in your own skin.