Embracing Imperfect Natural Beauty: How to Rid Stretch Marks on Skin, Mind


By MJ Gonzales│

Achieving curvaceous body is hard enough and that is also true in covering skin imperfection such as stretch marks. While it should not be an issue as it can be the result of obesity and pregnancy, many women feel unconfident with what they also call “tiger stripes.” But absolutely, there are alternative remedies to lessen its appearance and inspirations to just accept it.

Chriss Tiegen is a hot American model and TV host.  Naturally she exerts to be good in front of camera, but once the Sport Illustrated star shared on her Instagram account her stretch marks.

“Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!” The 29-year old model’s caption  about her photo that showed her cross-legged position.

It might be just simple post for John Legend’s wife, but not for her followers who praised her for being real.    One of those is   her fan emmalittle5, who commented: ‘I have so much respect for you! I have stretchies too and I appreciate someone being real about them and acknowledging them thanks.”

Credit: Instagram/Chrissy Teigen

Credit: Instagram/Chrissy Teigen

Good thing Teigen is not only the one who is unashamed of her stripes and most of them are also models like her   such as Jourdan Dunn, Karrueche Tran, and the America’s To Model host-producer Tyra Banks.   Apart them, renowned beautiful actresses like Alyssa Milano, and  Jessica Alba are also proud with their stretch marks.

“I’ll take the stretch marks. I’ll take the sagging boobs. I’ll take the cellulite I can never get rid of. If you walk around with your head held high and you’re happy and positive, then all that other stuff is irrelevant. Confidence is number one,” Alba shared in an interview with People.

Stretch marks have some to do with skin elasticity.  Apart from skin stretching during pregnancy, National Health Service (NHS) UK’s website shared it also related to puberty and sudden weigh gain.

“The middle layer of skin (dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through,” NHS explained.

NHS also added that stretch marks may be gone and if not, it is generally unnoticeable.  To prevent it, they recommended watching one’s weight and skin care, but realistically it is impossible to not have it during pregnancy.  There also potential treatments like laser and cosmetic surgeries, gels, and creams; but as of now no proven remedies that can totally to erase it.

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