Stretch marks (also known as Striae) appear when the skin stretches and expands beyond its required limit, causing collagen damage and loose skin. As the skin has stretched significantly, it is difficult for them to repair and regain firmness. People tend to create common misconception about stretch marks, where it results mainly from pregnancy. In fact, Striae can be caused by losing fat too fast, medication use and health conditions. Sometimes, mild Striae can fade away over time due to natural body’s healing process. However, if the stretch marks have been existing for a while, most likely it will not go away. When they get too extreme, it can result in loose and hanging skin.
Some people prefer to go through natural remedies to erase the stretch marks. For instance, doing squats can help to tone the muscles around the thighs, hips and buttocks. Crunches and sit ups can also be done to reduce the appearance of loose skin on the tummy. Healthy diets such as consumption of fruits and vegetables, including spinach, broccoli, apples can help to minimize stretch marks. Staying hydrated is also essential, as water helps to detoxify the body. Despite going through exercise routine or diet changes, some might find it hard to get rid of their stretch marks. This can be a dismay, however, there are certain treatments available for stretch marks removal. For instance, Illumia Therapeutics offers Dual Ultrasound Technology to reduce appearance of stretch marks within 4 to 6 sessions (you can find out more about the treatment process on their website). Healthsprings Laser & Aesthetic Clinic also offers relevant Striae treatments that must be repeated on the same area every few weeks.
While affected individuals might be emotionally influenced, no one should ever feel ugly about their own body flaws. Regardless of the reason(s) behind the stretch marks, if you keep looking into the mirror with a negative mindset, it is going to do significant harm to your emotional well-being. Most women tend to fear having a baby, as there are high chances of striae development. However, they will get to a point where they will no longer be embarrassed about straie marks. The more they think stretch marks are ugly, the harder it will be to live with them if it did show up on the skin.
To remove those negative thoughts off your mind, here are some famous celebrities who are not embarrassed to show off their straie marks. Popular American singer, Demi Lovato, loves sharing her personal stories with fans, including her teen bullying incident. Unsurprisingly, she once showed off her stretch marks and excess fat on Instagram, promoting positivity and self-love spirits. The singer posted a Boomerang video of herself grabbing her excess skin around the tummy while lying in bed. “Stretch marks and extra fat … and yet I still love myself,” Demi Lovato captioned the post on her Instagram story. She also shared another short video of herself dancing in front of a mirror with captions, “Cellulite and yet I still love myself.” Demi Lovato stated that she struggled with food since a young age and became worse during her breakup in 2016.
Other famous celebrities such as the ‘Born This Way’ American singer, Lady Gaga, is best known for her headless selfies, and in one of her selfies on Instagram, she revealed to her fans the stretch marks on her breasts. There were comments regarding the post such as “Real! I see boob stretch marks. Beautiful.” “Gorgeous lady. Inspiration.” and “Wow! You have stretch marks on your boobs and don’t hide them.” Normally, famous celebrities will show fans their perfect and flawless image. However, Lady Gaga managed to inspire fans with her self-confidence, especially when she does not feel self-conscious about her body flaws. I mean, we all have imperfections and it is time to accept it.
Straie are not ugly, embrace them naturally. With all these inspirations, it is important to accept your body the way it is and be confident about yourself! “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring,” – Marilyn Monroe. This life is what you make it. In life, you will still face imperfections and mess up sometimes, but always keep your head and chin up, continue smiling, and you will defeat all odds!