How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can appear when your skin stretches or shrinks quickly. This may happen during pregnancy, because of weight loss, or due to some other changes in your body. At first, they can be pink, red, or purple, but they usually fade over time.

Though there are no ways to completely get rid of stretch marks, but there are some options to make them less noticeable, and 5-Minute Crafts would like to show them to you.

❗ Before trying any treatments mentioned in this article, discuss them with your doctor.

1. Exfoliate your skin with sugar.

Regular exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new skin on your stretch marks. It will also help your skin to absorb creams or any other products better.

What to do:

  • Mix 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of almond oil or coconut oil to get a paste that looks like wet beach sand.
  • Add some lemon juice to the mixture and stir it properly.
  • Scrub the paste on the part of your body where you have stretch marks for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Repeat the procedure several times a week when taking a shower.

Tip:

✅ Instead of scrubbing your skin with sugar, you can also try dry brushing before taking a shower.

2. Apply retinol cream.

A cream containing retinol will stimulate your collagen production and help you to generate new, slightly thicker skin.

What to do:

  • Gently massage the cream into your stretch marks, making vertical strokes.
  • Apply the cream every day until you see the results, but take into account that they might take weeks to appear.
  • It’s best to use the cream on early stretch marks that are red or pink.

Tip:

Avoid using retinol-based products if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

3. Hydrate your skin with body oil.

Body oil will soften your skin, even out its tone, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

What to do:

  • Choose body oil that contains vitamins A and E.
  • Apply the oil directly on the areas where you have stretch marks every day.

4. Use a self-tanner.

A self-tanning lotion can help you minimize the difference in color between your normal skin and your stretch marks.

What to do:

  • Apply a self-tanner on your stretch marks to make them less noticeable. You can also use a liquid bronzer that contains vitamins to give your body a healthy glow and nourish it at the same time.
  • Always cover your stretch marks with sunscreen to prevent any further damage of your skin.

Tip:

⛔ Avoid natural tanning because it can make your stretch marks more noticeable.

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