How to get rid of stretch marks without surgery
Chances are, most women you know have stretch marks. It’s incredibly common, and there’s nothing wrong with your body or skin if you have them. If you’re less fond of your “stripes”, you can minimize their appearance naturally. Other options include taking steps to prevent them in the first place, or perhaps most forward-thinking of all, learning to love them. Read below for our guide to all of the above.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks aren’t really anything to worry about. They’re a form of scarring which leaves the skin with hues of red or purple stripes. Over time they diminish, but don’t disappear completely.
They are the product of a sudden stretch in the skin, whether that’s during growth spurts during puberty or when a woman is pregnant. Extreme weight loss can also leave these scars. Both men and women can develop stretch marks, but they are more commonly found in women.
They’re usually red or purple when they first appear, but fade to silvery white lines. The fresher marks are easier to treat and fade.
How are stretch marks formed?
The skin consists of three layers: epidermis (the outer layer), dermis (the middle layer) and subcutaneous or hypodermis (the deepest layer). Stretch marks form in the dermis when the connective tissue is “stretched” beyond the limits of its elasticity. This is due to rapid expansion or contraction of the skin from sudden growth or weight gain.
The abrupt stretching causes the dermis to tear which allows deeper skin layers to show through, forming the stretch marks.
How can I prevent stretch marks?
Preventing stretch marks is far easier than treating them. Try to minimize weight fluctuations, by eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly. It is also important to stay hydrated, both inside and out. Soft skin doesn’t tend to develop stretch marks as much as dry skin. So, drink your water and make sure you moisturize your skin daily. We recommend using a rich body balm.
How can I reduce the appearance of my stretch marks?
If you are looking for a natural way to get rid of stretch marks, look no further than Ultra Bee’s Stretch mark balm. It is a rich, thick, creamed balm, with a soft texture. Not to mention that is smells heavenly! It is packed with natural ingredients. It contains our natural bee base-bees wax, propolis, pollen and honey, with added rosehip and jojoba.
But why these ingredients? And what can they do for your stretch marks?
Well… jojoba oil is packed with Vitamin E, which may help to fade your stretch marks. It can help stretch marks in a few ways. Firstly, it helps protect your skin from damage, which can reduce the appearance of the marks. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
We chose rosehip oil for our stretch mark balm as it is packed with Vitamin A and linoleic fatty acids, which help to treat and prevent many skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, scars and stretch marks. It absorbs fast and deep into the skin, making it very effective for treating scar tissue damage such as stretch marks.
In addition to penetrating the deepest layers of your skin, our stretch mark balm is extremely nourishing and will leave your skin completely hydrated and glowing.
How can I get faster results?
This can be used in conjunction with other stretch mark removal methods, such as a derma roller. Derma rolling is also known as micro-needling, skin rolling or collagen induction therapy (CIT). Derma Rollers are made of many micro needles which roll over and penetrate the skins upper surface painlessly. These revolutionary devices provide two major benefits.
Firstly, they stimulate collagen growth which significantly improves the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scars.
Secondly, they allow the transdermal application of creams to be absorbed far more effectively – boosting their effectiveness massively. So, if you are looking for faster results, this may be an option worth considering.
How do I conceal my stretch marks?
If you’re impatient like me, and the thought of waiting months for your stretch marks to fade doesn’t appeal to you, there are two short term fixes which you could try.
The first method involves the use of make up to cover the marks. Start with colour correction- if the marks have a purple/red hue, apply green concealer to the area. Next, use a high coverage foundation and apply it to the area. Finish by setting the foundation with translucent powder and make use of a good setting spray. This is good as a once-off solution, if you are attending an event or function.
For a longer lasting solution, you could try using self-tanner to cover up the marks. This solution is best-suited to cover the older, silvery marks. It helps to cover and blend the marks with the colour of your skin for up to 10 days.
Whatever you choose to do-remember at the end of the day, there is no way to completely rid stretchmarks. One can only improve the appearance of them. Perhaps the boldest statement of all is to embrace them.