5 Ways To Reduce The Appearance Of Stretch Marks

by Divyata Raut
LIFESTYLE  |  July 25, 2017
  • Shortest horror story ever: Stretch marks.
    1 / 6 Shortest horror story ever: Stretch marks.

    Our skin gets stretched beyond its limit during pregnancy, puberty and rapid weight fluctuation. When the skin fails to bounce back to its original surface area, the middle layer of our skin breaks down which causes these unsightly marks. Red stretch marks are fairly new and easy to get rid of. But white ones have been there for a long time and it’s almost impossible to get fully rid of them.

    Whatever your stretch mark type is, we suggest a few ways non-surgical ways to reduce the appearance of these marks.

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  • Moisturise
    2 / 6 Moisturise

    We’ll be honest, this method won’t give you instant results. But investing in a body lotion or oil to apply your stretch marks will hydrate your skin cells and boost collagen renewal. By keeping your skin fully moisturised and healthy, you increase skin elasticity which prevents future stretch marks! Castor, olive and coconut oil work well while some swear by cocoa or shea butter to significantly reduce the appearance of their stubborn stretch marks. For best results, moisturise your skin twice daily.

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  • Massage
    3 / 6 Massage

    Make it a habit to massage your favourite moisturiser into your skin after your shower so that your skin can absorb the lotions or oils better. Massaging stretch mark prone areas will also increase the blood flow to promote faster cell growth. Do this twice a day and it could make your stretch marks look less obvious!

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    (Also read: Five Things You Didn’t Know About Stretch Marks)

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  • Exfoliate
    4 / 6 Exfoliate

    Make a sugar scrub at home with honey, olive oil and lemon to slough off the skin above your stretch marks. If you’re short on time, keep a loofah in your bathroom for quick and handy exfoliation every day during your shower. Exfoliating the top layer of your skin allows new skin to grow which could very possibly reduce the appearance of your stretch marks!

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  • Conceal
    5 / 6 Conceal

    For times that you want smooth blemish-free skin, you get your holy grail concealer out, don’t you? The same approach can be used for your stretch marks. Get a body concealer with thick and tacky consistency to ensure that it stays put on your stretch marks. Consult the in-store beauticians for a perfect shade match as the skin on your body won’t necessarily match your under eyes. Just remember to prime your skin before patting the concealer on with a light hand. Layer more product on top for a seamless finish before setting it with translucent or pigmented powder.

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  • Spray tan
    6 / 6 Spray tan

    If you don’t have the time or effort to use concealer on your stretch marks every day, why not opt for a spray tan before your next holiday? Apart from looking slimmer, it’ll give you a wonderful sun-kissed glow-sans the stretch marks that might make you overly conscious. Although it’s not a permanent solution, it’ll give you absolutely beautiful and flawless skin. Consult your beautician about the coverage level of the spray tans used and whether they’ll be able to fully conceal your stretch marks.

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