Ninety percent of women will get stretch marks over their lifetime. Yes, The marks—caused by thinning of the skin during a quick weight loss or gain, or pregnancy—aren't necessarily a life sentence. First off, they're much easier to treat when they're new.
The Problem: Stretch Marks
How brave of you to show us all your flaws! I try not to notice myself. The gossip mags would have a Circle of Shame field day. Readers share their expert opinions inside. I am just a mummy. I work in an office. Once the clothes are off what would Heat readers say about me?
The Problem: Body Acne
Boys and girls, meet Frank — my dark, rugged, sexy Australian lover who smells so darn intoxicating and loves to get dirty with me in the shower. I lurvvv how Frank pampers every inch of my skin! With yummy ingredients like coffee grain, brown sugar, sea salt, cold-pressed almond oil, coconut flakes, jojoba beads, and orange essence, Frank body scrub feels amazing in the shower and smoothens lumps and bumps gently. Turn the shower on and dampen your skin. Remember to patch test first if you have sensitive skin. Scrub gently and avoid using alcohol-based products soon after- your freshly scrubbed skin needs room to breath. Use a soap free cleanser to wash off any excess oil. If you have sensitive skin make sure you do a patch test first. When caffeine is applied topically to the skin it can stimulate blood-flow and circulation, this may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and soften stretch marks.
With our weight naturally fluctuating over the course of a lifetime, the stretching of our precious skin is bound to leave us with some marks and lines here and there. But unfortunately, we are often taught to be ashamed of them. I started appreciating my stretch marks once I began taking photos of them, documenting my body in a way that made it less scary to show off my lines in public. And despite all that societal weight shaming, I've grown to love my stretch marks and the stripes of others. In many ways, they're a map of our lives recorded in cute little wavy lines across our epidermis. They're gorgeous and free decorations for our body. They're tiger stripes we don proudly, and can sometime serve as a reminder major life events, such as pregnancy. Despite these truths, constant public condemnation of stretch marks by celebrities, certain publications, and advertisements make it difficult to embrace our bodies in all their striped glory.