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After spending money and time applying expensive anti-stretchmark creams during my pregnancy...here I am with buttocks and tights looking like roadmaps! Now I'd like some advice from all the mums with this problem that have managed to reduce the visibility or at least minimize the damage! For instance: is it a good idea to apply gentle exfoliating products in the shower? What about sunlight, will suntan make it worse or better? Even though completely disappointed by the promises of the cosmetic industry I wonder: is there any cream that has really worked for you (or natural oils...anything!?)? thanks a lot BM
that said, vitamin E oil applied religiously during and after pregnancy MAY *help* a bit. after awhile they'll fade to a silvery color (at least that's my experience and i'm fair- skinned) which you will hardly notice.
the stretchmarks will NOT tan. tanning the area will only make them much more noticeable.
i remember desperately hoping that i would be one of those people who were'nt prone to the nasty things and really thinking i had avoided them. what i didn't realize was that they were down there (and BOY were they dark purple!), i just couldn't see the little buggers under my huge belly!
it's 9+ months post-partum now and they're no longer purple but a lovely silvery white. i wear them proudly as a badge of honor and constant reminder of one of the happiest times of my life! --love my stretchmarks--
If you have the red stretchmarks i don't know if this will work for you, but for the other stretchmarks, try this.
Use a good moisturizing wash (not soap) like Shi Kai, or aveeno w/ oatmeal. Go to a health food store, or asian food store and pick up the exfoliating scrub - it's a long washcloth made of some sort of plastic? and you can scrub your back too. Wash w/ moisture wash and use the scrubber!
Trader Joe's has a nice sugar scrub (salt scrubs dehydrate your skin) that's tangerine (smells great!) - after washing, take a generous glob of the sugar scrub and gently rub circles in the problem areas and rinse.
The scrub has wonderful oils that will moisturize your skin well after the shower. Cocoa butter after.
I had pretty bad stretch marks - especially after my stomach shrunk back to normal and this routine got rid of 99% of them! I come from a culture that loves to exfoliate, and i don't think it's as common to do so here, which leads to a lot of the excess skin build up that really are removable...good luck smooth tummy
Now my son is 14 months and my weight has been back to normal. However, the skin in the area I have stretch marks is very thin and shows wrinkly appearance. Is it ever going back to normal? What can I do to regain the normal skin? I know the stretch marks are going to stay, but how about the thinned skin? I would like to know what other people have done to improve the stretched out skin. Also, I appreciate any advice on stretch marks! Thank you very much. Ugly belly
I have a question regarding stretchmarks. I am 33 weeks along with my first pregnancy and just recently discovered what I believe are stretchmarks on my lower abdominal area. I have regularly attended to my entire front side with Palmer's cocoa butter-based lotion since the first trimester, hoping to minimize the possibility of actually getting them, but lo and behold, there they are! Does anyone have any advice about what I can do right now to prevent the stretchmarks from becoming even more noticeable? Should I just give up and let nature take its course?
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