Stretch marks happen to almost every woman at some point in our lives. Sometimes they fade away, sometimes we get new ones. But they’re nothing to fear or be embarrassed about.
Let me share with you the truth about the top five myths you’ve heard about stretch marks as well as give you some helpful tips to get smoother skin all year around.
1. It is impossible to prevent stretch marks
It’s true that your likelihood of getting stretch marks is based strongly on the genetics you have inherited from your parents but there is a way to help you prevent them. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised will help maintain it’s elasticity which in turn, can help to prevent stretch marks. Soft skin tends to be more elastic and is less likely to crack as much as dry skin does.
Drink plenty of water as it helps detoxify your body and keeps your skin cells plump, which makes your skin healthier and more likely to bounce back from the stress caused by stretching.
Exfoliating also helps to prevent stretch marks as it improves circulation and keeps skin healthy.
2. Thin people don’t get stretch marks
Stretch marks are caused by exactly what the name suggests: stretching of the skin. As we all know, this often happens during puberty when we’re getting our growth spurts, an expanding belly during pregnancy or as a result of rapid fat gain or loss. None of these have to do with how big or small you are to start with. In this case, it’s the size difference in weight that counts.
3. Losing weight will make stretch marks disappear
This is actually the opposite of what really happens! Losing weight, especially if you lose it quickly, can make the scars more noticeable because your skin becomes loose and is not as tight. If you are losing weight, try to aim to lose no more than 1kg a week to give your body and your skin time to adjust to the changes.
4. Stretch marks go away on their own
Though they do fade eventually, TLC (tender loving care) can help to smooth out stretch marks quicker and fade the red scars. Exfoliants are great to promote new skin growth. Try products that include ingredients that are high in fatty acids and vitamin E such as avocado oil which helps to hydrate and repair scars and ingredients that are high in antioxidents which promote the growth of new collagen and helps to improve your skin’s texture and tone. Everybodi Repair Body Scrub is amazing at helping to hydrate skin and promote collagen production which in turn repairs damaged skin.
5. Only women get stretch marks
Nope! While women are more likely to get them because of the shape of our bodies and the changes they go through, men – especially those whose weight fluctuates are not exempt from getting these scars too. Many bodybuilders that experience rapid muscle growth will get stretch marks because their skin can’t keep up with the growth of their muscles!
Written: Jackie Pataud