So here we are, looking for ways to remove stretch marks fast or the just best way to get rid of stretch marks. But is it possible to get rid of stretch marks?
The Mayo clinic is quite clear on this subject and says that stretch marks can fade over time with treatment, but you can not get rid of stretch marks completely.
Okay, that was quite a blow. But now that we know that we can not get rid of stretch marks but can make them fade, let’s dig in and find out how we can do this. But first of all, a quick run through on what causes stretch marks.
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WHAT CAUSES STRETCH MARKS
Short personal story first- My stretch marks didn’t appear until I was pregnant with my first child about 13 years ago. When the stretch marks first appeared on my skin, I was mortified because my tummy looked like a warehouse for lightning bolts!
Stretch marks usually appear when one drastically loses or gains weight and in other cases, they are caused by one’s genetic composition and stress levels. Both men and women are prone to stretch marks and the colour of stretch marks varies from person to person.
HOW TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF STRETCH MARKS
USE PALMER’S COCOA BUTTER TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS
Yes, the smell of the cocoa butter is quite overpowering but you have to learn to get used to it because the benefits outweigh the strong smell.
I have allergies but the smell does not affect my allergies at all, so this is a good thing. That aside, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter works magically to remove stretch marks and I see results in just two weeks of daily use. Give this lotion a try and you can thank me later!
2. USE BIO-OIL TO GET RID OF OLD AND NEW STRETCH MARKS
I had in the past tried Bio-Oil because a lot of people recommend it for reducing the appearance of old and new stretch marks, and scars.
I have to honestly say that Bio-Oil does works for stretch marks and smells way lot better than cocoa butter. It just does take a bit longer for you to see results (longer than cocoa butter), but you will see the results if you practice a little patience. I am not a patient person, so I always grab Palmer’s Cocoa butter. It depends on your preference here.
3. GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS WITH COCONUT OIL
I think there seems to be no problem that coconut oil can’t handle (well apart from financial problems). Coconut oil can be used among other things, for your hair, cooking, as a skin moisturiser and also to get rid of stretch marks.
To use coconut oil to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, all you have to do is massage the coconut oil on either new or old stretch marks before bedtime, and rinse it off in the morning. The saturated fats that are contained in coconut oil reduce the appearance of stretch marks by fighting free radicals.
When shopping for coconut oil, go for one that is unrefined and cold-pressed like this Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
There are of course other remedies for getting rid stretch marks out there but these three are the ones that I have tried and have proven themselves when it comes to getting rid of stretch marks.
You can try aloe vera, vitamin E, or and I have also heard that you can get rid of stretch marks by rubbing peeled raw potatoes onto the affected areas(especially if you are frugal). But if your pocket allows, then go with the laser treatment route to remove the stretch marks.
Importantly, you can just accept the fact that you will always have those tiger stripes, and learn to embrace them. Besides, Some of the best models that we usually use as yardsticks to how we think we should look, have stretch marks.
The only reason we don’t see it is because their images are wonderfully and expertly airbrushed.
Do you have stretch marks? What has helped you to get rid of stretch marks? Please share your tips below.