Dealing with stretch marks

While stretch marks are a very normal part of most women’s lives, they can still make us feel embarrassed and affect our body image. They’re simply marks that occur as the skin stretches on the body – either from excess weight gain, adolescence growth or pregnancy.

Stretch may be pink or deep brown, and then lighten on the skin and turn silvery as they fade. Yes, in time they will fade, so don’t let them become a big beauty hang up.

The most common areas on the body for stretch marks are the stomach, breasts, buttocks, thighs and hips, but they can occur anywhere. But follow these tips, and you’ll be looking great on the beach, or any other time you want to bare some skin.

Stretch marks: what are your options?

Living with them

This is the first choice for so many of us – ignore them and wait for them to fade. As we lose the excess kilos that put them there in the first place, the great feelings that result might make a few marks seem insignificant.

Hidden away

This is not ideal as you shouldn’t feel the need to hide your body, but hiding your stretch marks doesn’t necessarily mean wearing long sleeves and pants during summer. You could try fake tan to minimise their appearance and boost your naked confidence. Just make sure you do a good job with your tan, or even go to a salon, as a fluorescent orange glow is going to make your body look ten times worse than any stretch mark ever could.

Reducing stretch marks

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are seeing some success with a laser technique, called Fraxel, which stimulates collagen production in the skin and can significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks in anywhere from one to six treatments. Sounds great, but treatments can be on the pricey side, and can also have adverse effects on olive skin, so the best approach is to do a bit of research first.
Type “stretch marks” into any search engine like Google and you will find countless ads for collagen-based creams. Rubbing these into the skin is said to help make it more supple and retain its elastic qualities. But, any cream or lotion that keeps the skin supple will be helpful — from an expensive designer lotion to a tub of cocoa-butter. The magic is in the regular moisturising and massage.

Anything with vitamins A, E and B should also aid in repairing your skin.

Of course, exercise helps tone up the skin beneath. Marks look much worse on flabby, untoned skin than they do on toned and tight flesh.

Prevention is key

Try to keep your weight steady and avoid the creeping kilos to prevent the skin from stretching; regular body massage with a rich lotion will keep it supple and moist.

You may like to research homeopathic remedies. Calc Fluor is recommended for skin elasticity, and silica helps with connective tissue cells.

As with many things, stretch marks are easier to prevent than cure. And the healthy steps you take to prevent them should feel great in and of themselves.

2017-06-08T17:18:06+00:00

5 Comments

  1. Kym Moore June 30, 2018 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I have chosen to live with them, but I don’t tend to flash a lot of skin anyway. When I was a teenager I was so embarrassed about them. They were all over my hips and breasts. But I was sitting in a room one day, and a group of us started to talk about stretch marks. Every single kid in the room had them to varying degrees. After that I realised that I had nothing to be too embarrassed about. I did get new stretch marks with my pregnancies as well, but they have all faded to silver since then.

  2. Amanda Carr June 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I don’t think many people wouldn’t have stretch marks somewhere on there body I was lucky I never got them on my tummy with my three children but used bio oil all the time. But I still have stretch marks elsewhere it actually doesn’t worry me anymore about them.

  3. Vikki Sainsbury June 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I got terrible stretch marks with my first (25 years ago!) so the damage was already done when I had my daughter 5 years ago 🙂 I tried some Bio Oil I think some years ago but I really don’t think it made any difference – just learn to live with I say!! <3

  4. Shontelle Fahey June 25, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    This is quite an interesting read. I feel that stretch marks are part of life. I got alot with both my pregnancies so I’m proud of those ones as those tell my story of the two little people I love. I also have some on the backs of my legs which I try to use bio oil for due to them being itchy at times and irritation and I feel those ones are quite embarrassing when I wear short people Starr at my legs. But in all honesty it’s life and most people have them you can either hide them or flaunt it. Part of growing into the person you are today ♥

  5. Jaqui Dyne November 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    They are what they are…I don’t get too hung up anymore…I really don’t think you can completely eliminate them without spending huge amounts of money on expensive treatments….ive got more important things to spend my cash on

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