An estimated 80% of Americans have stretch marks in some shape or form, and the figures are similar around the world. They are incredibly widespread, but often seen as an imperfection and as a result hidden, leading to the misconception that they are rarer than they actually are.
It has been a bit of a problem in the past, leading to the unhealthy thought that stretch marks aren’t normal, which can lead to unnecessary negative emotional impact. But recent trends have put stretch marks into the limelight and shown they really are nothing to worry about.
Back in January Chrissy Teigen’s twitter posted about her stretch marks, with the caption ‘whatevs’.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 19, 2017
Credit: Chrissy Teigen/Twitter
The supermodel gained almost 160k likes, receiving praise from fans for her realness for posting the untouched photo, showing they are completely fine.
So What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are narrow indented streaks in the skin and are usually red or purple, before fading to a white colour.
They form in the middle to deepest layer of the skin and occur when the connective tissue is stretched beyond it’s limits, due to a rapid expansion of the skin, caused by sudden growth.
The Best Creams For Stretchmarks?
It’s established nothing is wrong with stretch marks, they’re very common and most people will experience them at some stage in their life.
But if you are looking to fade your lines, there are plenty of products that will help do the trick.
Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil
The classic and number one best selling oil for stretch marks. A lightweight formula with vitamins A and E to fade stretch marks over time.
Eden’s Semilla 100% Pure Rosehip Oil
Another well-known oil for stretchmarks. An award-winning mix of essential fatty acids and potent antioxidants, it’s also 100% organic.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
A soft, creamy formula of vitamin E and ultra-moisturising shea butter designed to minimise the appearance of stretch marks while keeping skin soft.