March 09, 2022
Stretch marks are just as natural as the clouds in the sky.
Skinny people get them. Bigger people get them.
And hey, your dad likely rocks a few tiger stripes of his own too.
Since anyone, anywhere can develop stretch marks, let’s bust some of the most commonly accepted myths about them…
MYTH #1 Stretch marks are totally unpreventable.
Stretch marks are preventable, full stop! The truth is that stretch marks are far easier to treat before they appear. Frustrating, I know. Pregnant women or any body going through bodily changes, from growing muscle mass to new breast implants (hello!) will benefit from consistently building healthy habits to prevent stretch marks.
How can I prevent stretch marks?
-reduce processed sugar to avoid skin inflammation
-keep a diet high in potassium (eat bananas, chug coconut water or aloe vera juice)
-hydrate and promote skin elasticity by using natural skincare ingredients like shea butter)
-boost circulation with frequent massages
-consume anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric and cinnamon
MYTH #2 Losing weight is the only way to get rid of stretch marks.
Losing weight isn’t the most effective way to get rid of stretch mark but developing more collagen in the body, certainly is! After age 25, the collagen in our body decreases 1% each year, meaning that eating collagen rich foods like seafood, eggs, and oranges can effectively give skin the elasticity to bounce back and prevent stretch marks. Don't forget, supplementing with collagen peptides and moisturizing with collagen boosting ingredients like jojoba oil are ways to encourage collagen from both the inside and the outside.
MYTH #3 Expensive laser treatments are the only way to diminish stretch marks.
Natural ingredients are all you need to combat stretch marks. With a consistent skincare routine, stretch marks will dramatically fade over time. Massaging and hydrating skin with all-natural shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil daily is the best way to minimize the appearance of stretch marks without breaking the bank.
There you have, it 3 of the biggest stretch mark myths debunked! Remember, stretch marks are a common part of life and people are embracing their once perceived imperfections more than ever. But if you can’t seem to build a loving, accepting relationship with your stretch marks, we completely get that, too.