The Truth About Stretch Marks
An estimated 80% of women have them. Almost nobody is talking about them. They are hidden, covered up, and shamed upon. But why? Stretch marks are a sign of growth. A sign of change. A reminder that your body can do amazing acts! These are good things, right?
In a world of airbrushed skin and photoshop, it can be hard to embrace your natural beauty. On social media, stretch marks are cropped out and smoothed over to the point that we forget they exist. It's easy to feel like you're the only one with “tiger stripes”. But, honey, you're not alone!
While they aren't medically dangerous, stretch marks can take a toll on self-confidence and anxiety. Stop letting your marks rule your life!
Why Do We Get Stretch Marks?
Understanding and knowing why your body develops stretch marks is the first step to embracing them. Oftentimes stretch marks get stereotyped to appear just on pregnant or larger women. But the reality is, no matter how fit or petite you are, stretch marks may still show up.
Stretch marks occur with rapid growth from pregnancy, weight gain, a growth spurt, or even working out. They are most likely to occur on the hips, stomach, breasts, thighs, and booty. The elastic fibers in the skin get “stretched” and ultimately break. This results in scar tissue that forms at the surface of the skin. Once the collagen gets disrupted, fine wrinkles and raised and raised lines show up. Stretch marks can range from light pink to dark purple in color. With time the marks will fade into a light purple or silver line.
How to Treat Stretch Marks
Just like aging, you should try your best to stop stretch marks before they appear. If you start to notice itchy or fine pink skin, this could be a sign that they will show up soon. Remember, it is easier to prevent scar tissue than to try and get rid of it.
Moisturizing daily is a key way to prevent and fade stretch marks. Results take weeks to show so hang in there, sister! Skin loves routine so treating it daily is your best shot at improvement. Everybody's body is different and finding what works for you may take a few tries. Here are a few products,tips, and treatments to get you started…
1. Moisturize with aloe Vera, Coconut Butter, Lemon Juice, and Castor Oil
Aloe Vera regenerates new skin tissue that helps nourish the scar tissue. Cocoa Butter smooths the skin and is great for massaging. The acidity of Lemon Juice helps fade scars on the surface. Castor Oil will replenish the dry and shriveled skin. When used in combination, these household ingredients work wonders. Look for these items in a marketed moisturizer or make your own, making sure to massage into the desired areas daily.
We recommend: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion
2. Exfoliating the Stretch Marks
Using a sugar scrub when you shower helps bring blood to the skin's surface. This helps cell turnover, therefore lessening the appearance of stretch marks. I also get rid of dead skin on the surface, yet again allowing for new healthy skin to take its place.
We recommend: I love combining equal parts white granulated sugar and coconut oil for a super easy scrub. Add essential oils such as peppermint or lavender for extra benefits. Use in the shower, scrub for 1 to 2 minutes, and rinse!
You can also exfoliate using the dry brush method. To do this, take a hard bristled brush and gently exfoliate the skin. Repeat this daily, making sure to replenish your skin with a moisturizer afterward.
We recommend: The Body Brush from One Ocean Beauty
3. Seek Treatment from a Dermatologist
Mature marks can be virtually impossible to get rid of. If you've had your stripes for a while now, seeking treatment from a dermatologist is your best bet. They can provide prescriptions such as retinol to boost cell production and to reduce scarring. A dermatologist can also recommend laser removal, which while it can be expensive, will give you the best results.
Wherever you are on your journey, we invite you to embrace your marks. They are a unique reminder of how your body carries you through life and how strong you are! Your stripes are beautiful, darling.