Battling Stretch Marks Like the A-Listers

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Celebrity stretch marks—do they even exist? While celebrities appear to have perfect and flawless skin, there is absolutely no way they are immune from stretch marks.

A-listers such as the Kardashian sisters and Victoria’s Secret angels have admitted to having these so-called tiger stripes too.

Still, there are ways to reduce the appearance if not totally prevent them from the get-go. We’ll let you in their secret!

Remember when Miranda Kerr, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel rocked their post-pregnancy bodies on the runway just a few months after giving birth?

Those perfectly toned legs and flat tummies with no stretch marks got us all wondering how it’s even possible?

Quick fixes such as photoshop, airbrush, and spray tans are the obvious answers to this. Looking good is part of their job, after all.

But let’s not forget that they too have put on weight and stretched their bellies just like everyone else who’s undergone pregnancy.

Stretch marks show up on the skin’s surface as a result of tiny tears in the collagen bundles in the dermis when the skin rapidly stretches during pregnancy and weight change.

It’s just the natural way our body works! Not even gaining celebrity status can exempt you from that.

In fact, more and more celebrities are embracing their stretch marks thanks to social media.

In a post on Twitter, Chrissy Teigen shares that she had stretch marks even before her pregnancy and that she comes from a stretch mark-prone family.

Chrissy Teigen with Stretch Marks

TLC’s Kelly Rowland, on the other hand, posted a raw photo of her bum with stretch marks in response to Kendrick Lamar’s hit single “Humble.”

Other stars with stretch marks and are proud of it include plus-sized model Ashley Graham, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Danielle Brookes.

We’re all for body positivity, but there’s no denying that we could use some tips and tricks from these celebs to look our absolute best!

Here are the best breakthrough remedies and treatments celebrities swear by without having to go under the knife:

Prevention is the Key

When it comes to stretch marks, it’s all about prevention. While there is no way to get rid of all of them completely, there are ways to minimize if not eliminate the chances through a proper skin care regimen.

  • Exfoliate – the First step is to exfoliate. We know rubbing off your dead skin cells won’t remove stretch marks, but doing so allows for maximum product absorption as you move on to the next step.
  • Moisturize with a collagen-building moisturizer– Moisturizing shouldn’t have to end on your face and neck. Special attention must be given to areas prone to stretch marks, too, such as the buttocks, thigh, belly shoulders, and chest.Try Palmer’s Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks, Khloe Kardashian’s go-to product formulated with natural ingredients that moisturize your skin deeply, therefore, reducing the appearance of stretch marks. 

When choosing moisturizers, go for moisturizers infused with retinol to stimulate collagen production; however, this must be avoided during pregnancy to prevent risks of birth defects(congenital disorder) . Some ingredients to avoid are vitamin A derivatives such as retinoids, salicylic acid, and hydroquinone according to celebrity dermatologist Dendy Engelmann, MD.

  • Seal it with a body oil – Apply oil on top of your moisturizer. A body oil doesn’t moisturize but instead locks in the moisture on your skin, so make sure you don’t skip step 2. Body oils are also a lot safer compared to lotions, which often contain parabens, alcohol, and fragrance. 

Some celebrity-approved oils include:

  • Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil which Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo loves
  • Almond Oil as used by Gwyneth Paltrow, founder of modern lifestyle brand Goop
  • Noni Glow Body Oil from Miranda Kerr’s very own line, Kora Organics
  • Elemis Japanese Camella Body Oil Blend as used by Victoria Beckham
  • And the holy grail for stretch marks, Bio-Oil which has won several 223 skincare awards making it the number one selling scar and stretch mark product. Kim Kardashian, the duchess Kate, and Candice Swanepoel swear by it. 

Modern Technological Options 

Once stretch marks show up, it’s best to treat them as early as possible while they are still red before they turn white or silver.

One of the perks of being a celebrity is getting access to the best doctors and the latest technological treatments to get them in their best shape. If you are willing to splurge, you may want to consider these options: 

  • Ultraskintight – The most popular among celebrity stretch marks removal treatments is the Ultraskintight at Epione, which Kim Kardashian herself availed after her second pregnancy. It’s a non-surgical skin tightening procedure using a CoolBeam laser which vaporizes the skin and removes a small fraction of the skin tissue at a time. The treatment costs $2,900 – $4,900 per area. We think it’s worth the splurge considering results are permanent.
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment – This process lightens dark scars and stimulates collagen production, no retinol creams, and topical treatments can achieve. Pulses of energy are applied to your skin, targeting the blood vessels without damaging the surrounding skin. This treatment is best for stretch marks with red discoloration.
  • Fractionated Laser Therapy – This treatment reduces the appearance of stretch marks by targeting the skin in one area at a time through a specialized laser. Doing so removes the old skin so new skin could regenerate.

Keep a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle 

It’s no secret that sticking to an active lifestyle while pregnant can help lessen the chances of stretch marks. The more you stay in shape, the lower the chances of gaining too much weight, which then leads to stretching of the skin.

Since looking at their best is part of celebrities’ job, staying fit has always been integrated into their lifestyle, and being pregnant is no excuse to stay active.

Emily blunt enjoyed hiking as a gentle form of exercise while Natalie Portman enjoyed swimming. You can keep things smooth and gentle, too, by practicing yoga as Hillary Duff and Catherine Zeta-Jones did during their pregnancy.