Stretch marks are scars that are created when skin stretches abruptly. Common causes of this include weight gain, pregnancy, puberty and muscle growth. They are very common, and most people (both men and women) have stretch marks in some capacity. These scars typically are red or purple when they first appear but fade to a light color. While they are normal, many people find themselves asking, "Can you get rid of stretch marks?" The bad news is you can't naturally get rid of them completely. The good news? You can significantly minimize their appearance with a few simple tips and tricks.
Reducing Appearance with Self-Tanner
Self-tanner can do more than give your skin a golden faux tan. When applied to your stretch marks, self-tanner can cover the redness or darken lighter marks to match your natural skin tone. It might take a few tries to get the right tone, but practice makes perfect, and many people have used this method to camouflage their scars. Natural tanning won't work quite the same, though. This will likely just make your stretch marks more obvious since they won't tan like the rest of your skin.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and dry skin, which can help clear out your pores and make your skin heal faster. Not only can this speed up the fading of your stretch marks but it also lets moisturizers and serums absorb deeper into the skin. If you're new to the world of exfoliation, there are a few methods you can use to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Physical exfoliation allows you to remove dead skin cells before getting in the shower. To do this, use a skin brush to gently remove dry skin. Dry brushing is a great method if you have a normal skin type, but if you have sensitive or dry skin, you'll want to go with chemical exfoliation instead. Chemical exfoliation might sound scary, but it's really not. All you need is a good body scrub. Dampen your skin in the shower and gently rub your body scrub of choice in a curricular motion on your stretch marks. Whether you choose physical or chemical exfoliation, be careful not to overdo it. You should only exfoliate one to three times a week, depending on your skin type. If you exfoliate more than that, you risk irritating your stretch marks and making them stand out even more.
Replenish Skin with Moisturizers and Oils
After exfoliating your skin, it's time to nourish it. The best way to do this is by using good body washes, creams, oils and lotions. Popular soaps can end up drying the skin out even more, so you'll want a body wash made with moisturizing ingredients like olive and avocado oil. After your shower, apply a lotion, cream or oil to your stretch marks. It's best to do this when your skin is still slightly wet because that will help lock the moisture in and give you even better results.
Body oils are a preferred moisturizer when it comes to stretch marks. At Sabon USA, our beauty oils are made with hydrating ingredients like sunflower oil, argan oil and important vitamins. These oils absorb quickly into the skin, won't leave behind residue and provide immediate nourishment. Plus, they come in our signature fragrances like Lavender Apple. Exfoliating and moisturizing regularly can also help prevent stretch marks if you know you have a chance of developing them.
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