Stretch marks do not just occur on heavy people or pregnant women; almost anyone can get them. Factors like age, weight, genes and lifestyle choices can all affect appearance of stretch marks. Today we will study some easy ways to hide stretch marks on the stomach, arms or thighs and especially if you want to wear a bathing suit.
1. Invasive methods
Chemical peels, laser treatment, topical treatments and cosmetic surgery are the most effective ways to hide stretch marks. However, these methods are time consuming, costly and the results may not always be what you bargained for. These techniques could also lead to skin discoloration, scarring and pain. Plastic and cosmetic surgery can cost thousands of dollars and despite this; there is no guarantee that they can get rid of stretch marks permanently.
2. Stretch mark concealer
A simple makeup concealer is the easiest way to hide stretch marks on the arms, legs and stomach when swimming. This trick is also suitable for hiding stretch marks on dark skin. All you need to do is choose a concealer close to the natural shade of the skin. Select a product that is heavy because anything light won’t do the trick. If you plan on swimming, then select a water-proof concealer. Apply the product with a makeup brush all over the marks. Use gentle strokes to cover the areas completely. Repeat application as often as needed.
3. Foundation powders
You can also use foundation powders or mineral makeup to cover and hide stretch marks on stomach, arms and thighs. Dry powders do the job well but are not suitable if you want to hide stretch marks while swimming. You can also use both liquid makeup and powder in combination for better results. In such a case, you first apply the liquid concealer, let it dry completely and then follow it up with dry powder. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to hide stretch marks on dark skin on stomach, arms or thighs.
4. Self tanners
Self tanning products are the easiest way to hide stretch marks on dark skin on stomach or arms. Rub the self tanner deep into the skin on the torso, thighs, arms and stomach. Use circular motion to completely cover the area. Make sure you also cover the healthy areas of the skin since applying self tanner to only the stretch marks can make them more noticeable. You can use a damp cloth to gently rub the tanner all over the body for a more even appearance.
5. Essential oils
Essential oils will not help you hide stretch marks, but, when used regularly, can heal the skin and boost collagen and elastin layers to restore healthy looking skin. However, this easy way of banishing stretch marks for good needs to be used diligently and especially in the early stages of stretch mark development. Pregnant women must start using essential oils on their breasts, bellies and thighs as soon as they enter the second trimester. This can help prevent the scars from deepening as the belly expands and skin stretches. Many other products made for stretch marks specifically are available in the market and you can use them as advised. Discontinue use if you experience itching, tingling etc.
Skin moisturizers help increase elasticity of the skin and prevent damage such as cracks, marks, scars and blemishes. Use a good quality moisturizer to keep the skin supple. Vitamin E based products are great as they restore the skin’s natural elasticity. Apply the product twice a day to all affected areas of the skin. This method may not hide existing marks but it can certainly prevent the skin form degrading further.
7. Eat a healthy diet
You are what you eat and your stretch marks could worsen if you are not eating healthy. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables and seeds and nuts in your diet. This will provide your skin with the antioxidants it needs to remain young and healthy. There are specific vitamins you need to consume for eradicating and preventing stretch marks: zinc, vitamins A, C and E are the ones you need to keep your skin looking healthy. Include plenty of natural smoothies and shakes in your diet. Drink freshly squeezed (sugar-free) juices. Snack on vegetables and fruits in place of packaged goods.
8. Vitamin K topical cream
Vitamin K cream can be topically used on the skin to heal scars, wounds, burn marks and other skin problems. Apply vitamin K cream diligently on the marks for 8 to 10 weeks to see results. Also include vitamin K rich foods like liver, green leafy vegetables, dairy products, broccoli and tomatoes to fight stretch marks.
One of the most effective ways to remove stretch marks permanently from your arms, stomach and thighs is to exercise regularly. Stretch marks occur due to weight fluctuations so the best way to avoid them is to prevent weight gain. Here are some exercises that can prevent stretch marks:
- Leg raises- Lying on the floor on your right side, raise your left leg and ring it down. Do 8-10 raises and slowly build stamina to go up to 50 leg raises daily. Repeat with other leg.
- Leg swing- You can do this exercise while sitting on a chair or even use an exercise ball. Include a set of 20 swings in your daily routine to get the blood flowing and prevent and reduce stretch marks.
10. Stretch mark cover up tattoos
If all of the above methods do not show results, you can use some creativity to hide unsightly marks forever. Visit a tattoo artist like this one who uses strategically placed ink to hide stretch marks permanently. Alternatively, you can seek help of a talented tattoo artist to cover up the marks with beautiful, colorful regular tattoos. This way, you can wear your bathing suit without being embarrassed by your stretch marks again.