How to Love and Accept Your Stretch Marks

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“Your body is ruined!”
“Why do you have these lines?”
“You have stretch marks? You weren’t even pregnant”

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where people feel the need to comment on other people’s bodies. Mainly, commenting on what they see as “flaws,” like stretch marks and cellulite. It’s actually not surprising to find that we end up asking ourselves these very questions. All around us today, in ads or on our phones, the media depicts women as having flawless – a.k.a airbrushed – skin with zero imperfections making the rest of us non-airbrushed women feel insecure about how we look. But the reality is most of us know that there is no such thing as having zero imperfections, and what we love and hate about our bodies is up to us. Stretch marks aren’t a “flaw” if you don’t perceive them as such – and it’s about time we learn to love all these little “flaws.”

The truth of the matter is, you can’t fully get rid of stretch marks. In time, they will fade away and there are some creams, treatments etc that will help them fade. But the only real way to stop stretch marks from bothering you is to start accepting them and loving them. Yes, as cliché as it sounds your stretch marks are a part of you, your body, your progress so instead of shaming your body you need to accept and love it for all it’s stretch marks, cellulite, fat rolls and acne.

 

It’s about time we stop saying these hurtful comments to people with stretch marks and help each other accept our bodies. We should all follow the example of those below who are showing us how stretch marks are normal, they’re human, we all have them and need to learn to love them!

 

Zineta

Cinta Tort Cartró is a 21-year-old who has taken social media by the storm with her series of women-empowering pictures. She goes by the name Zinteta on Instagram and uses her page to depict stretch marks, periods, female anatomy all using rainbow paint and glitter. The reason behind her pretty pictures? To support self-love and acceptance to women who feel ashamed of their bodies. Her mission is to help women embrace their bodies, their stretch marks, their periods and all aspects that society looks down upon.

 

Kayla Itsines

One of the biggest names on Instagram right now in the fitness world, Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer & founder of the BBG & Sweat with Kayla. With 7 Million followers on Instagram and 12 Million on Facebook, it is a big deal when one of the faces of health and fitness shares with her followers a picture of her stretch marks stating how proud she is of them and how they’re a part of her!

 

ASOS

Last month, one of the biggest online shopping retailers went against the “norm” and posted images of women without being airbrushed. The models were seen wearing swimwear and lingerie in their natural skin – cellulite and stretch marks showing. In the world of fashion, it is very rare to see someone being portrayed in their natural skin which is why ASOS really started a movement of empowerment and self-love.

Photo credit: http://metro.co.uk

Bottom Line: Stretch marks are only ugly if you think they are. Treat them like a milestone of your progress and they become just that, trophies.

Although a sociologist at heart, Nadine finds her love in nutrition, her passion in Pilates and her purpose in writing. Nadine is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and a Pilates-instructor in the making. She is also the founder of health blog, Nourished by Nadine (@nourishedbynadine) where she shares her own recipes, as well as health tips.

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