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How to Get Rid of Stretchmarks Naturally
If you’ve ever struggled with stretchmarks, girl you’re not alone. Most women experience these little body marks due to a variety of things. Whether you had a growth spurt, a significant fluctuation in weight, or birthed a beautiful baby – stretch marks are normal, and so not a big deal. Plus, by now we know how common it is to have them. We had to get that out of the way! With all of that said though, if the appearance of your stretch marks bother you and you’d like to lessen them, we feel that too. Hear us out, we think you’re gorgeous no matter what. But if a new beauty ritual makes you feel even better, we can get behind that too. Keep reading to find out how to get rid of stretch marks, naturally.
Load up on these vitamins in your diet to prevent stretchmarks, and make your skin glow.
First thing’s first. Your health and your beauty totally start from the inside out. Meaning, there is no use in performing all of the beauty rituals below to get rid of stretchmarks if you’re not going to nourish your skin from within.
Although loading up on essential vitamins may not get rid of your stretcmarks, it can definitely make your skin more resilient to getting them in the first place. Foods rich in vitamin C and zinc are excellent at increasing collagen production, thus increasing your skin’s elasticity and its ability to fight those pesky stretchmarks. Think lean meats, beans, lentils, and nuts as staples in your diet for making your skin strong and resistant to damage.
Another way to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of skin-loving collagen, is to incorporate a natural collagen supplement into your daily coffee or smoothie. It’s an easy (and delicious) way to guarantee you’re getting some of the essential nutrients your body needs. What’s more, it won’t only do wonders for your skin. You’ll also be nourishing your nails and hair, babe!
Now that our insides are covered, we’re ready to move on to the routines that will help nix stretchmarks right in the butt (or legs, or chest, or wherever you get them – you get the picture)!
Use a luscious, natural body exfoliator on the regular to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
One method we love to get rid of stretch marks naturally is using a body scrub that is *quite literally* a joy to incorporate into your shower routine. And while there are tons of benefits to regularly exfoliating your body, we’re going to focus on those stretch marks for now.
Why does this work? Well, by getting rid of dead skin cells on your body, you’re allowing your skin to create new ones. This means your new cells will develop with a more even tone, which does gradually help with reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
On top of that, if you struggle with cellulite, a coffee scrub, in particular, can help with stimulating circulation under your skin, in addition to improving the look of stretch marks. And luckily for you beautiful, BBE has the best USDA organic coffee scrub out there to offer.
It smells good enough to eat (but please don’t), and with consistent use it will totally help to smooth stretchmarks and discoloration. Go ahead, add to cart. We’ll wait.
Moisturize, moisturize, and then moisturize some more.
Here’s the truth. No amount of miracle cream will totally get rid of your stretchmarks. However, keeping your skin supple and hydrated is a major key to preventing and reducing them. So drink your h20, and have a good natural body moisturizer on hand at all times!
You might have heard of women religiously applying cocoa butter to their bellies during pregnancy. This trick not only helps skin bounce back from being significantly stretched, but it is an excellent habit to get into for your overall skin health.
Even the act of massaging a cream into your skin is great for stimulating new tissue growth, which can result in fewer stretch marks. So if you want to get rid of marks and discoloration naturally, add a body lotion to your nightly routine girlfriend. You’ll be glad you did.
No matter what you do, always protect your skin from the sun.
You already know how vital sun protection is to protecting your skin. And while most of us value our SPF for helping us look young and fresh for life, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays actually does even more than that.
Sun exposure can make scars, stretch marks, and discoloration in general much worse. What’s more, sun damage breaks down your skin’s collagen fibers, which means that it will not be as resilient to stretch marks in general. Suffice it to say, having your stretch marks in the sun without SPF to protect them, is not a good move.
So don’t only layer up on the SPF when it comes to that pretty face, babe! Pick a natural, body sunscreen for the rest of you. And, be especially particular when applying it to areas where your stretch marks or scars may be exposed to the sun. You’ll lessen your chances of the discoloration becoming worse, and prevent signs of aging all at once!
Use natural Vitamin E to prevent, and reduce the look of stretch marks.
In case you haven’t noticed, vitamins are the real MVP when it comes to getting rid of stretch marks naturally. And not only the ones you ingest, but the ones you can topically apply to your skin as well!
Vitamin E is known as a superstar for fighting signs of aging, and for its skin regenerating benefits. Many women reach for vitamin E to prevent and reduce stretch marks, and it’s no wonder why. This powerful antioxidant is a natural way to diminish the look of scars and skin demarcations more broadly. Not to mention, it is safe to use on even the most sensitive of skin types.
Consider incorporating this powerhouse into your skincare routine either in cream form or with natural oil. It will do wonders for hydration, and protection against skin damage.
Consider using aloe vera for more than that sunburn.
If you thought your beloved aloe vera gel was only good for those vaca sunburns, think again. Around here, we love this magical plant for so many reasons! And let’s just say, reducing the appearance of stretch marks is certainly one of them.
Applying aloe vera daily to your stretch marks is a great way to soften your skin. What’s more, it will help prevent new stretch marks from appearing. Opt for a pure and natural option like BBE’s aloe gel, and you’ll also be boosting your skin’s elasticity.
What’s more, you should know that aloe vera is an efficient way of reducing redness. This is why it is so often reached for when skin is irritated or burnt. Similarly, when new stretch marks appear, they typically have a reddish or pinkish tint and can also be itchy. Therefore, applying aloe vera can help diminish these issues in a cinch.
Bottom line: will aloe vera completely get rid of your stretch marks? Probably not. But it will definitely help reduce their appearance, and help new ones from popping up! Plus, did we mention how soothing it is to apply? Seriously, it does not hurt to include this step post-shower beautiful!
If you’re a coconut oil loving babe, this natural superstar can help with stretch marks too.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. What problem can’t coconut oil solve? Whether you’re trying to revive those split ends, or looking for a remedy for irritated skin – coconut oil is where it’s at. However, you should consider using this trusty natural sidekick for getting rid of stretch marks naturally as well!
So here’s the deal. Coconut oil has some serious anti-inflammatory properties. On top of that, it absorbs easily into the skin and in turn, protects it from being damaged. And as you probably already know, it does a great job of moisturizing the heck out of hair, skin, cuticles, you name it!
As we briefly touched on earlier in this blog, dry skin is more likely to be permanently damaged when it is stretched. Therefore, adding coconut oil to your anti-stretch mark routine is an efficient way of not only healing them but preventing them from getting any worse.
Since coconut oil is super emollient, we recommend applying it as part of your nighttime routine. After that, just let it sink into your skin as you drift off to sleep babe!
Protect your beautiful skin, and get rid of stretch marks naturally.
We hope you learned some valuable stretch mark related beauty info. And most of all, we hope you know how common it is to have these little tiger stripes. They are certainly nothing to stress about gorgeous! Let us know of any secret weapons you have against stretch marks, or how you liked some of the tips above.
No matter what marks it has – love your skin and your body, and all that it does for you.
BBE loves ya <3