Stretch marks are practically to be expected when you’re expecting.The simultaneous occurrences of sudden weight gain, fluctuating hormonal levels, stress and the elevated cortisol levels that accompany it all conspire to risk your flawless skin. What makes stretch marks so much more difficult to address is the fact that these are tears in the dermis or the second layer of the skin. What’s even harder to deal with is the often broken self-esteem that comes with it.
What do you do if you grow stretch marks post pregnancy
The first thing you have to do is accept the change. Stretch marks are not quite as easy to vanish unlike most other skin problems, not that there isn’t anything you can do to make them appear less visible. Second is for you to regain your confidence to wear your skin proud — lady, not everyone is given the chance to mother a baby, you know!
Third, start wearing those bikinis again! Below are five tips on how to remove stretch marks so you can boost your hot momma spirit post delivery:
Use stretch marks creams
A lot has been said about these products, both good and bad. Truth is, it does depend on your skin, the age and severity of your stretch marks, and the product that you are using. Creams may work on new stretch marks, at least the ones that are still reddish or purplish in color. If you’ve had your stretch mark for some time, you may still try using these products but don’t get your hopes too high.
The creams that are made with retinols and possibly peptides are the ones most likely to make a difference. That’s because these have the capability to seep deeply into your skin to reach the not-so-easy to penetrate dermis where much of the treatment and healing for stretch marks is required. From there, retinol and peptides stimulate collagen production. If you think you need full strength, ask your dermatologist for full prescription tretinoin. Be cautious of the ingredients, though, most especially when you are breastfeeding.
Some people swear by shea butter, cocoa butter or coconut oil combined with a massage. In fact, any essential oil will be able to penetrate your skin deeply and nourish the dermis. These natural oils can help plump and firm up your skin, while also supplying your skin cells with much needed nutrients to aid in restructuring damages in your skin matrix.
Get a bikini that flatters your figure but keeps the stretch marks out of sight
You probably haven’t thought about this tip and perhaps didn’t expect it. Come to think of it, the best and easiest way to get into your bikinis is to drop your old, skimpy two-piece suits and go for more sophisticated alternatives. How about a high-waisted bottom and a tube or scallop top? Perhaps a peep-through lace one-piece swimsuit or a side-laser cut bathing suit will be interesting for you?
Just think about it, there are many ways to stay sexy that don’t always involve showing too much skin, and it’s all in the mind. Try new things. It’s more fun than worrying too much about how to remove stretch marks on your belly.
Why not get your body bronzed? Or, if your stretch marks aren’t too bad, the same color products you put on your face should give your streaks a good camouflage.
If your stretch marks do bother you though, ask an expert’s opinion. Specifically ask about laser skin resurfacing and radio frequency therapy.
Wear your stretch marks as if these are your battle scars in delivering the greatest miracle of all — the gift of bringing a tiny life to the world.