Stretch marks are probably one of the biggest body concerns that women have, and they are especially frustrating now that the weather is warmer and hemlines are shorter. We want you to feel super confident when you hit the beach, so we thought we’d tackle these annoying little marks in today’s post.
Here’s a simple breakdown below on what they are and how to treat them:
What are stretch marks? Stretch marks are tiny little tears that form in the dermis, or the middle layer of the skin. Even though skin is resilient, it can stretch too much. When that happens, it leaves a tiny tear which turns into a stretch mark. Stretch marks can be caused by anything from teenage growth spurts to weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy or even hormones. And while stretch marks are commonly associated as a woman-problem, many men find themselves with stretch marks, too.
How do you treat stretch marks? Regular exfoliation is a great way to help fade stretch marks. By exfoliating your skin, you will not only remove the top layer of dead skin cells, but will also increase the circulation in that area and smooth out the skin and increase collagen production to eventually flatten and fade the appearance of stretch marks. An exfoliating body peel like Alex Cosmetic Intense Body Peel is a great option, it contains papaya and micro-particles to firm the skin and stimulate cell renewal, minimizing stretch marks.
Using a targeted anti-stretch mark cream will also be beneficial. Redefining & Firming Care from ar457 will not only reduce stretch marks almost immediately, but will also leave your skin feeling much firmer. It is full of argan oil, sunflower seed oil, green bean extract and algae extract to hydrate, plump and firm your skin. Massage this cream into trouble spots at least once per day.
It is also important to keep your skin supple and hydrated to prevent future stretch marks. We love using a body oil for this because it moisturizes the skin and leaves it with a light, protective layer. Elemis Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend makes use of camellia oil’s amazing healing and hydrating properties, and blends it with sweet almond oil and vitamin E for a light, nourishing treat for your skin.
– Aseya Atiq