Being in the fitness industry I watch people’s bodies change all the time. While people absolutely love seeing their bodies’ change, the one consistent hang up they have is on the stretch marks. In my opinion, considering the wonderful things that are happening on the inside of someone’s body when they have a weight transformation, stretch marks on the outside are a small thing. But, everyone is different, so here are some ways to combat them.

Everyone gets stretch marks for one of two reasons; either you were bigger in weight and lost it, or you were smaller and gained. Stretch marks are what’s left when changes in your skin happen too rapidly and your skin starts trying to protect itself. One of the best ways to combat this is a very clean diet rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is very important for the growth of healthy skin cells. I’ve spoken a lot about phytonutrients in my articles, but that’s because they are so important. This instance is no different.

Another, very well-known way to rid yourself of stretch marks is using raw cocoa butter, but did you know you can use castor oil in the same way? Rub either on the area and cover with cling wrap for 10 minutes. Uncover and wipe off the excess. Do this everyday for one to two weeks to notice results. In this same way, Aloe Vera works too. Try mixing it in with either one to boost results. Of course, you’ll have to melt the cocoa butter.

Lemon or lime works really great for stretch mark removal. Think of it like a chemical peel you’d get at the spa. Rub the sliced lemon on the area and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe off the excess and you’re good to go! Exfoliation with a sugar scrub works in the same way. Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar, 10 drops of almond oil, vitamin E oil, or Castor oil, and one teaspoon of lemon juice.

Whatever method you choose, just remember to be consistent and don’t fall prey to the chemicals and creams that claim results but only moisturized or leave chemical burns. Also remember, that whether you lost pounds to get small, gained muscle to get big, your transformation is so much more beautiful than the marks left behind. Instead of stretch marks, call them war wounds from your battle to victory!

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