Who Is Most At Risk?
Stretch marks most commonly occur during pregnancy or puberty. Most of us actually get stretch marks at one point in our lives but they may be very minor and fade. Stretch marks can also occur when weight is gained quickly and how quickly you gain the weight may be more important than how much weight you gain. The most susceptible areas for stretch marks include the abdomen, breasts, lower back, thighs, and upper arms.
Your genes may have something to do with it too. Research has suggested that your genetics may play a major role in whether you get stretch marks during a time period such as pregnancy. If it’s in your genes, you may be more prone to stretch marks if you are a younger mum which is a surprise to many, or if you’re carrying a big baby, twins, or if you have excess amniotic fluid.
How To Avoid Stretch Marks
Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet when it comes to preventing stretch marks. You could try drinking lots of water, as this is really important to help keep your skin hydrated and full of elasticity. And as an added bonus, water has lots of other amazing health benefits.
Another option is to try a moisturiser or a similar cream during a time period like pregnancy. This may help lessen the effects. However, if you decide on using any creams during pregnancy, it is strongly recommended that you first see your doctor to make sure they are safe for you and your baby.
What If I Already Have Stretch Marks?
If you are patient enough, most stretch marks fade over time. Over time they fade to more of a silvery color and can be quite easy to hide. However if you plan on treating stretch marks, the best time to do that is when they are new and darker red in color as they are easier to treat at this stage.
The problem with treating stretch marks is that everybody’s stretch marks are different and so what works for someone else may not work for you. If you are looking for a natural remedy, here are some that may reduce the appearance of your stretch marks. Try applying one of these treatments at a time two times a day or as needed.
- Potatoes Juice – Good for so many things, potato juice can help restore your skin cells
- Egg Whites – Rich source of protein and can be used to help treat stretch marks
- Lavender, Almond & Chamomile Oil – Mix together and apply to your stretch marks
- Castor Oil – Can also be used to treat stretch marks or other skin problems
- Aloe Vera – Lots of soothing & healing properties. Make sure the product you use has no alcohol in it
- Lemon Juice – Its acidity can help reduce and even heal stretch marks
- Alfalfa – Rich in vitamin E & K. Add alfalfa with a little chamomile oil for a great natural remedy
- Cocoa Butter – A great natural moisturizer
- Sugar – Do not consume, instead use it as an exfoliate for your skin
It’s Ok To Have Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are super common and although we can try different techniques to lessen their visibility sometimes they can be almost impossible to remove completely. Know that you are not alone and that your body is beautiful even with stretch marks.
I love the Instagram account @LoveYourLines, which is beautifully celebrating women’s stretch marks. If you haven’t checked it out already, make sure you do. It was started by two mothers that were inspired to feature beautiful photos of stretch marks on women’s bodies after a discussion about how their own bodies had changed after giving birth. They get thousands of submission from people all over the world that all want to share their beautiful photos of their own stretch marks. It is very inspiring.