If you’re like me – or many other women, for that matter! – then you’ve probably earned more than your fair share of stretch marks. It happens, and we just have to deal with it, right? Well, not quite. While it’s true that they’re easy enough to get, they can easily be faded if you act quickly with some beauty tips.
Stretch marks in women usually occurs during puberty, pregnancy, or sudden changes in weight. These are the times in women’s life, in which stretch marks tend to appear more and its cause is due to the lack of elasticity, hydration and nutrition of the skin, which make it does not meet the minimum requirements to adapt to these changes.
So how do stretch marks appear and can they be prevented? The good news is that there are now appropriate solutions to reduce them and effective preventive measures to prevent them from appearing!
Before we get into that, though, let’s take a look at what actually causes stretch marks.
What causes stretch marks?
The causes aren’t always as simple as they seem. While most people know that pregnant women get stretch marks (caused by the rapid stretching of the skin), what many don’t realize is that you can also get stretch marks by rapidly losing weight. Not only that, but sudden growth spurts during puberty and even certain kinds of creams, lotions, and pills (containing corticosteroids) can cause them.
Stretch marks are formed by the alteration of the collagen and elastic fibers of the dermis, usually as a result of distensions caused by a rapid increase or reduction in body volume. They can appear anywhere on your body, although they are most frequently located on the buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen and breasts. Their initial color is usually pinkish or purple, but as time goes by they may turn white – this is due to a break in the structure of the skin. Any time you limit your skin’s elasticity, you’re going to be more prone to getting stretch marks.
The most common reasons of appearance of stretch marks are sudden changes in weight, family history, sudden and excessive muscle growth, a diet lacking in essential nutrients, hormonal disorders and the use of certain medications.
So how to get rid of stretch marks?
Well, there are actually a near-limitless amount of tips, tricks, and techniques to get rid of stretch marks. While you can choose to go to a dermatologist or even get cosmetic surgeries to correct it – I’m going to suggest some more natural, at home treatments. If you choose to go down a different path, be sure to consult with your doctors and dermatologists first!
How to Reduce Stretch Marks
1. Use Skin Moisturizing Lotions
Maybe not the most exciting answer, but it works. Don’t skimp on the good stuff, and it’ll be good for you. Not only can you prevent stretch marks altogether by using moisturizing lotions on problem areas, you can help reduce their appearance and even fade them completely using this method. Skin can and does heal itself when it’s given the opportunity and proper care.
Natural botanical lotions and cocoa butter lotions are best for reducing and reversing stretch marks.
2. Eat well and drink plenty
Though it may seem silly, eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water will help with stretch marks. It’s easy to forget that our skin is actually an organ, but it is. And all of our organs function more properly when we give them what they need to do their respective jobs.
Drinking 8 – 12 glasses of water each day (or the recommended gallon a day!) can help give your skin back it’s elasticity. Eating plenty of healthy, green fibrous carbs – think broccoli, cucumbers, and spinach – provides pivotal vitamins and minerals that your skin needs to replenish and repair itself.
Read also: 12 Foods For Naturally Glowing Skin
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an incredible plant for eliminating red stretch marks and reducing the visibility of those that have turned whitish. It stands out for its cell regeneration capacity, which stimulates both collagen and elastin production and allows to attenuate marks, scars and blemishes. In addition, it slows down aging and is a great natural moisturizer.
You can apply a little aloe vera gel on the area to be treated twice a day or prepare the mask shown below. Mix 1 glass of aloe vera gel with 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of almond oil. Apply the preparation and leave it on for 30 minutes.
4. Olive oil
Olive oil reduces stretch marks. Heat it for one minute, when it cools, massage lightly in circular motions on the affected area and finally rinse with plenty of warm water. Performing this process daily will improve blood circulation, therefore, stretch marks will be reduced over time.
In order to reduce the volume or depth of your stretch marks and especially their purplish color, you can massage your skin with a homemade peel that contains powdered sugar and a vegetable oil of your choice, preferably argan or sweet almond. Do this at least twice a week.
6. A healthy bout of exercise.
Gentle and regular exercises can be a huge help in getting rid of stretch marks. No, don’t go all in and start packing on the muscle mass – that will actually only add to your stretch marks! But do have a routine that is comfortable for you. When you exercise, you ensure that your skin gets more oxygen and blood flowing to it, which just happens to promote healing and repair!
7. Daily exfoliation
Daily exfoliation can and do help. Much like exercising, they encourage blood flow to the skin. With exfoliants, though, you can make sure that you’re targeting your stretch marks. You can easily add this to your daily routine by using exfoliating loofahs during your showers. There are also tons of pre-made scrubs you can buy from the store and many recipes that you can find online to make at home. Don’t be afraid to try out different types of scrubs to see what works best for you. Just remember that you should use gentle exfoliation, especially since you’re going to be using this on a daily basis. Don’t rub your skin raw – it’ll just cause more damage!
8. Protect your skin from the sun
Stretch marks make the skin more sensitive to the sun. They can, under its rays, be covered with brown spots, which, far from blending in with the tan, will make them even more visible and, above all, will permanently pigment them. All the more reason not to forget to protect your skin with a suitable sunscreen, without chemical filters!
Read also: Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen Review
9. Homemade wraps and salves
Where to begin with this one! The options here are truly limitless. When you go with a homemade wrap or salve, you can typically expect to see results in terms of weeks, but they are some of the most natural and gentle ways to get rid of stretch marks.
There are a couple of each that I have either tried myself or known women who have tried. Please understand that these are only a few of the options available.
- Castor oil wraps are easy to make and relatively inexpensive. All you need is – you guessed it! – castor oil. gently massage into your skin in circular motions for about 10 minutes, then wrap and add some heat with a heating pad. You can expect to see results in about a month.
- Clay wraps are amazing. Using an even mixture of green, gray, and blue clays along with enough honey to make it smooth, it’s about as natural as you can get. It also takes about a month to see results, but it’s well worth it.
- Using an alfalfa salve is another great option. With eight essential amino acids and vitamins E and K, alfalfa is ideal for healing and nourishing skin. Just add a few drops of chamomile oil to alfalfa powder until it’s smooth, then massage it into your problem areas two to three times daily.
- A taraxacum and aloe salve. Combining fresh taraxacum leaves, olive oil, a single teaspoon of aloe juice, and some oat flour may not sound appealing, but once you have this smooth and creamy mixture on your skin, you’ll understand! Simply spread the mixture on your stretch marks and wait around ten minutes before washing it off. After doing this once in the morning and once in the evening for about a month, you’ll see fantastic results.
10. Laser Therapy
There are laser therapies that can be administered by licensed practitioners that can help to tighten up the skin and lessen the appearance of stretch marks. They won’t make them go away completely, but they can help a lot for some people. The downside of this treatment is that they are expensive.
So as you can see – life goes on. Stretch marks aren’t the end of the world, and they definitely aren’t something you’re stuck with for life. There are tons of options for you to choose from. Whether you choose to approach this naturally or with a little help from doctors, or by treating it from the inside out or from the outside alone, you can say goodbye to stretch marks!