Natural Ways to Fade Unwanted Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are an inevitable part of life.

Whether you have battle scars from pregnancy or you're just sporting some tiger stripes on your stomach or thighs, they're a super common and very natural part of women's bodies.

No woman should be made to feel pressured to have photoshopped skin. If you want to proudly show off your stretch marks a la Chrissy Teigen, then you should do that.

Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!

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But no woman should feel shamed for wanting to fade her stretch marks, either. Some women feel more comfortable without them, and that's perfectly fine.

If you're looking for natural alternatives to removing stretch marks that don't involve laser or chemicals, there are plenty to be found—the majority of which are probably in your kitchen right now.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E has long been used to reduce the appearance of scars, and is definitely far less expensive than any fancy cream or serum you'd find at a beauty supply store.

Egg whites

It may feel a bit counter-intuitive to crack an egg from the fridge and rub its contents on your body, but the vitamins and proteins can be an excellent source of exfoliation.

Potato juice

POTATOES for days!!! 😂😂... .. . Perhaps it wasn't the smartest choice to dig all these desiree potatoes on such a hot and humid day... I'm exhausted!😩 But then when I look back over this incredible harvest of potatoes that will last us for months, it is just such a rewarding feeling. 🌱😋(I did manage to stick the fork through several in my rush to get out of the heat! They won't be wasted though, there will be potatoes in some form or other on the table tonight!) . . #harvest #potatoes #potato #garden #vegetables #veggiegarden #vegetablegarden #freshveggies #eatseasonal #gardentotable #gardenlove #greenthumb #growwhatyoueat #urbangardenersrepublic #urbanorganicgardener #thehappygardeninglife #lobotany #hydrovegan #seedsnow #seedaddict #selfsufficient #organic #organicgardening #organicfood #growyourownfood #growsomethinggreen #rootvegetables #growfood #instagardeners_feature

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Potatoes have skin-lightening properties that can help fade stretch marks or other scars. Simply throw one in the juicer and apply to the desired areas with a cotton ball.

Massages

The warm and toasty #massage therapy room #cantthinkofalovelierplacetowork #massage #cornwall

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Any excuse to go to a spa. Massages get the blood flow circulating, which helps in healing scars and stretch marks.

Shea Butter 

The intense hydration in shea butter soothes skin and reduces scarring, and luckily, is found in almost every moisturizer you'll find at the drugstore.

Apricots

Today is Apricot Day. These tasty little gems are excellent sources of dietary fiber, Potassium, Non-heme iron, and antioxidants.

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Apricots contain vitamins A, B, C, as well as calcium and manganese, which can aid in ridding the body of toxins. By using an apricot scrub or simply by ingesting apricots, you could reduce the appearance of skin discoloration.

No matter what you choose to do with your body, it's ultimately up to you. Stretch marks or not, it's all pretty beautiful.

H/t: Redbook