Irrespective of how we try to deny it, we tend to pursue a degree of perfection. The desire for perfection in appearance among women can be considered higher than in men. The belief that appearance boosts confidence reflects in the way some insecurities build up from body flaws.
According to Dr Akhavan, stretch marks are caused when there’s a period of rapid growth in your body (like growth spurts, pregnancy, weight gain, or increased muscle mass) that suddenly stretches the skin and, in turn, causes the collagen bundles under your skin to tear away from each other. So when the skin returns to its usual state (i.e., when it stops growing), “it can look wrinkled and lined, because it’s not supported by the same collagen structure underneath.”
“Even among men and women who are happy with their overall appearance, visible scars and stretch marks can have a negative impact on their self-confidence,” body image expert Robyn Silverman says. “This is especially true among women.”
From this comment posted on WaysandHow in 2013, you can easily mark females as the ones prone to feeling more insecure about their stretch marks:
“Hello, I’m 13 years old and about a year ago I went through a really depressing stage. I started to eat a lot and, of course, I gained lots of weight in a short period of time. So my skin didn’t have enough time to stretch, so as a result I got stretch marks. Now I’m not going to lie, they have made my life feel like crap. I don’t go to pools. I wear a long skirt and I refuse to wear anything other than shorts. (Skirts for school though.) My stretch marks are in the middle of my legs, the side of my legs and even my, erm, bum. I’m not stupid though. I know it was my own fault and they are really visible like a purple-ish colour. Is there some kind of way I can get rid of them? It’s making my life terrible. Someone please help. 🙁 ”
Stretch marks aren’t something to be ashamed of as they are even considered beautiful. The idea that you’re imperfect is just a diminutive thought that builds from different negative comments associated with stretch marks. For women, it is pretty easy to get them especially after childbirth. Generally, you can find stretch marks on most parts of your body. Some can be hidden behind clothes, while others can’t, especially if you’re a fan of midi-outfits and sleeveless shirts.
In retrospect, stretch marks aren’t completely gotten rid of but can be minimalised in a way that makes them less visible. In our own effort to help you improve the appearance of your stretch marks or to get rid of it, here are the quickest ways you can get rid of them:
Apply aloe vera
This plant has become a common beauty product and can be found amongst most ingredients used. It’s no surprise because it keeps your skin moist, which gives it the hydrating effect it needs to heal.
The aloe vera takes care of the external hydration required, so you need to cater to the inner hydration, hence the need to take lots of water. Water and its benefits cannot be overstressed because of how effective drinking it really is. Drink water regularly to give your skin a soft and supple feel, causing your skin to appear more toned and eliminating some of the “bumpy” qualities of stretch marks. This thereby helps heal your stretch marks in the long run.
Use coconut oil
This helps your skin retain its suppleness by increasing blood flow to your skin and produces collagen fibres important for treating stretch marks.
How to make and use coconut oil
- Cut a coconut in half and use a scraper to extract the flesh.
- Chop the flesh into small pieces.
- Shred them in a blender at medium speed. Add a little hot water if necessary.
- Pour into a jar over a strainer.
- Leave the jar in the fridge overnight. (This allows separation of coconut milk and oil)
- Scoop out the curd from the jar. (This is the solidified coconut oil.)
- Place them in a saucepan over low-medium heat.
- While stirring frequently, cook for one hour.
- Let it cool down for 15 minutes, then pour over a coffee filter to extract the oil.
- Apply this oil twice a day on the stretch marks until you see improvement.
Moisturise morning and night
Moisturising helps to tighten your skin by boosting its elasticity. A recent study showed that women who applied herbal moisturisers regularly at home witnessed significant improvement in their stretch marks than those who didn’t. This not only helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the skin but also tightens the skin by boosting its elasticity. An appropriate herbal moisturiser will remove your stretch marks gradually. You need to be patient and consistent.
Use white sugar
This is a natural way of exfoliating, which helps fade away stretch marks effectively rather than applying exfoliating scrubs with added ingredients. Apply natural white sugar on the area and scrub. In the process, you’re getting rid of dead skin cells and encouraging the formation of new skin.
How to use white sugar
- Mix two tablespoons of natural white sugar with some almond oil.
- Apply it on areas of stretch marks for a few minutes.
- Let your skin absorb it for 5 minutes.
- Rinse it off with warm water or take a warm shower.
- Continue this for at least a month to watch your stretch marks fade away.
Use egg white
Egg whites contain amino acids that have the ability to repair skin, transforming your skin into a smooth and glowing texture.
Process of application
- Prepare two eggs by separating the egg whites from the yolks.
- Give a quick and light whipping to the egg whites using a fork.
- Apply a thin layer of egg whites over the stretch marks.
- Allow it to dry completely, then rinse with cold water.
- Repeat this procedure three times a day.
- It will take around one month to see results.
Apply potato juice
This might sound strange because we don’t actually consider potatoes as juicy, but it actually works. The moisture raw potatoes release when cut contains valuable vitamins and minerals which promote the restoration and growth of your skin cells.
How to use
- Cut a medium Irish potato into thick slices.
- Gently rub one of the slices over your stretch marks for several minutes, coating the stretch marks thoroughly with the “juice” the potato emits.
- Let the juice air dry.
- Rinse your skin with lukewarm water.
Take your gelatin
Gelatin helps your body to produce a sufficient amount of collagen, which is a very powerful skin elasticity booster. This will ultimately aid in repairing stretch marks and promoting skin cell regeneration. By taking your vitamin gummy daily, you are ingesting gelatin, vitamin D and vitamin E, which all help in getting rid of stretch marks.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.