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10 Reasons Why You Should Embrace Your Stretch Marks

Apr 09, 2021 · 13 min read

Let’s talk about stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a funny old thing. Some people hate them, some people love them, but the truth is, they're totally normal and a gorgeous part of our bodies that represent so much more than a few little lines. 

We’re all for embracing your stretch marks (or ‘tiger stripes’ as we like to call them). They’re a visible example to the world of just how fierce and incredible your body is and to be honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way. There are many and we mean many, reasons to love those little lines of yours and we're here to tell you exactly why.



What are stretch marks?


A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when your skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Stretch marks tend to appear in parallel lines and range from purple and white to bright pink and grey. 


How to love your stretch marks


How do you get stretch marks?


Stretch marks usually appear after a drastic change in weight, whether you’ve gained weight or lost it. You can even get them from growth spurts when you were younger. A lot of women tend to have stretch marks on their bums, thighs, hips and even their boobs, but that’s all part of the process of blossoming into the gorgeous woman you are.

As normal as stretch marks are, many women (and men) are still self conscious about their gorgeous stripes. Whilst we can totally understand why this would be the case, it’s also a little sad. We’ve put together 10 reasons why you should embrace your stretch marks and love them in all of their stripey glory.



How to Love your Stretch Marks and Why you Should Embrace Them


How to love your stretch marks


1. Your stretch marks represent a life lived


Your stretch marks represent a journey of you. Your life. Your achievements and so much more. Continue to shower yourself with positive affirmations and love your stretch marks and all that they represent.


2. Basically everyone has them


Everyone has stretch marks and they’re a natural part of our bodies growing. Whether you’re tall, short, curvy or slender, all bodies stretch! That’s what makes them all so beautiful.

 

3. A change in weight isn't something to be ashamed about 


Okay, so you’ve gained a few pounds. Who cares? That doesn’t make you any less worthy. Besides, as long as you’re happy and healthy, that's all that matters. Losing weight isn't something to be ashamed about either as this can also prompt a few stretch marks to appear. Show your stripes, girls and leave your insecurities at the door.

 

4. Your body goes through natural changes that should be celebrated


Your body does a lot for you, let’s be honest. For example, childbirth. It’s not called a ‘miracle of life’ for no reason. Your body can literally grow, carry and birth another human - that’s pretty incredible to be honest. Stretch marks give way to new life. Surely that should be something to celebrate.

 

5. Stretch marks are basically art


All of those twisty, curvy and pigmented lines are works of art. You should be embracing all that is you and loving every inch of it.


Loungers embracing their stretch marks


6. They come in pretty colours

From pale pinks to greys, stretch marks are pretty cool. People even paint them with glitter and to be honest, we’re all here for it. You deserve to glow, girl.


7. You’re probably not going to get rid of them, so you might as well embrace them


No matter how many miracle creams or laser treatments you endure, we’re sorry to tell you this but stretch marks are pretty much there for life. Some things just aren’t meant to be fixed, but that’s what makes them so beautiful.



8. Fighting beauty standards is important


Society tells you that you ‘need’ to fix or lighten your stretch marks to be deemed beautiful, but we say embrace them! Fighting beauty standards is important and we’re here to let our Female Family know that you do not need to be stretch mark free to be worthy of self love.

 

9. Stretch marks show just how incredible your body is


Stretch marks show that your body can adapt. Whether you’ve gained weight, lost weight or you’re pregnant, your body can adapt to pretty much anything. Love your stretch marks for all that they are and all that they allow your body to be.


10. You probably only hate them because society tells you to


Please, girls…don’t fall into the trap of airbrushing your stretch marks because social media makes you feel like you have to. Embracing your stretch marks is important, so show them off. Be your own cheerleader and remember just how incredible you are. Also, remember to fill your feed with positive accounts.

 

We love to see our Female Family embracing their stripes

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Want to read even more reasons on why you should love your body and the skin you're in? Read our top tips on how to be bikini confident below. Remember, everybody is beautiful.



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