Holla BES’ers! So peep this, today I was getting ready to go get my tan on when I made the mistake of looking in the mirror and checking out my butt because, hey, I’m a girl and that’s what we do.
As I was quickly glancing *cough* examining every inch of my skin *cough* I noticed some nasty little stretch marks on my lower back…and by little I mean spanning my whole lower back.
So naturally I put my tanning mission on hold and decided to hit up the Big G (Google) and see what information I could find on how to prevent stretch marks from popping up, because mama don’t want any more stretch marks on her skin!
So what did I find? Well I’m so glad you asked.
What Are Stretch Marks Exactly?
Simply put, stretch marks are the result of our dermis, or our skin’s second layer, tearing which is quite common during either pregnancy, puberty, hormonal shifts, or just good old fashioned weight gain.
And while they can vary in size and colour, they are easier to prevent than they are to get rid of. Story of my life.
How Do I Prevent Stretch Marks From Forming?
One common treatment is to use straight vitamin E on your skin where you are at risk of getting stretch marks.
The most common areas are usually your lower back, your hips, your stomach, your breasts, or sometimes even your arms.
All you have to do is topically apply the oil to these areas and let your skin absorb it.
Most studies show if you do this daily you can lower your chances of ever getting stretch marks as you are nourishing your skin with an oil that is not only mega-moisturizing, but is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to repair damaged skin cells.
Other oils that are said to help prevent stretch marks are cocoa butter, shea butter, almond oil, or even pure Lanolin which is said to work quite well.
In addition to these topical treatments it has been reported that women who consistently drink a lot of water throughout the day have a lower chance of ever getting stretch marks as they are keeping their skin hydrated and moisturized, ultimately lowering their chances of skin drying out and tearing.
And while you may not be able to get rid of stretch marks once they have formed, if you stick to a daily routine of applying an effective cream or oil you should be able to lower your chances of ever getting stretch marks as you are helping to keep your skin hydrated.
However, if you already have stretch marks and want to get rid of them, like yesterday, then you can hop on over to our breakdown of the best stretch mark creams currently on the market and see which solution might be best for you.
Right now Trilastin SR is currently sitting in first place, but almost every month it seems a new product comes onto the market, so we’ll keep updating the list as often as we can.
Now it’s action jackson time! Do you have stretch marks on your body or are you worried you might be getting some?
Share your thoughts, questions, or even any treatments you may know of in the comment section below.
We stretch mark sufferers need all the suggestions we can get!