How to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks


Puberty, weight loss, weight gain: what do these three things have in common? They cause a form of scarring on the skin called stretch marks. Stretch marks start off as purple or red color, then transition to a silverish-white color the longer they remain on the skin.

To most people, the appearance of stretch marks is not considered appealing. In fact, stretch marks in certain places may have an impact on what you decide to wear in public. They can increase your insecurity about your body. While stretch marks are very stubborn and can be hard to get rid of that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible task. You can try to fade your stretch marks by following these some of these tips.

Drink More Water

Hydration is key to increase the elasticity in your skin. When there is a lack of collagen in the skin, stretch marks are more prone to surface. By drinking more water, it will help maintain your skin’s suppleness and diminish stretch marks as well as reduce chances of getting new stretch marks.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin may help fade your stretch marks because it gets rid of older skin and helps the reproduction of collagen. Use an exfoliating brush, a body scrub, or a loofah to clean your skin. Make sure to exfoliate in a circular motion.

Don’t Forget to Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin is very important in general but especially if you have stretch marks. However, lotions filled with harsh chemicals don’t properly moisturize the skin or help fade stretch marks. It is better to use natural oils on your skin instead, like jojoba oil or almond oil, or natural butters, like Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter.

Eat Green Vegetables

You are probably wondering how eating green vegetables is supposed to fade stretch marks. Green vegetables are packed with healthy vitamins that support an overall healthy body in addition to the production of collagen.

While the following tips can help fade your stretch marks, you need to understand your desired results will not happen overnight. It can take months, maybe even years, to reduce the appearance of your stubborn stretch marks. You have to have patience and be consistent in your skin regimen. Also remember stretch marks do not define you. While you always have the option to fade them it is definitely not a necessity to do so. It’s important to learn how to embrace and love every imperfection on your body.

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