Stretch marks can wreak havoc on our confidence levels and self-esteem – and their unsightly appearance is enough to put many women off wearing a bikini for life.
Caused as a result of hormonal changes or the rapid stretching of the skin – usually linked to growth or weight fluctuations – stretch marks can appear out of nowhere, but unfortunately tend to last a lifetime.
If you notice signs of stretch marks emerging, do not panic! There are plenty of treatments and products out there that can help to improve and correct the appearance of stretch marks.
There are also some nifty D.I.Y tricks you can try to further reduce annoying scars and blemishes.
See below for our top tips to tackle stretch marks:
Regular exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells, which make your skin look dull and feel rough. Removing these cells by using a body scrub once a week and body brushing daily will increase skin cell turnover which will speed up the disappearance of stretch marks.
Moisturising daily will not only help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks but can also help to prevent new ones from forming. Hence why many women massage their tummies with oils during pregnancy. Make sure you pay extra attention to your hips and thighs while moisturising as these are areas where stretch marks are most likely to appear.
Massage can help to boost the skin’s natural healing process and removes toxins responsible for cellulite and other imperfections such as stretch marks. For a D.I.Y massage at home use almond oil. This is rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for helping the skin to develop collagen and elastin – the key ingredients for skin repair.
For those with stretch marks affecting large areas of the body, skin camouflage can be highly beneficial. This temporary treatment is a highly pigmented substance used to conceal skin conditions and scars. It is water resistant and is very handy for one-off occasions such as nights out and public events.
You can further reduce the appearance of stretch marks by using semi-permanent body make-up. Body make-up tends to be thicker than products designed for the face and more durable, so it is worth investing in quality brands if your stretch marks are really bugging you. Alternatively, you may want to consider semi-permanent make-up treatments which are becoming increasingly popular for transforming the appearance of scars and other imperfections.
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