We're well in the middle of bikini season. While we all try to enjoy some fun the sun, many of us can't help but feel a little self-conscious in those itsy bitsy, teeny tiny bikinis (myself included). Hibernation in the winter can really make you forget about your body so the summer months for me are always about eating right and getting back in shape. A little bit of weight gain in my teenage years gave me some unwanted stretch marks, which have been surprisingly difficult to get rid of. Yep, you heard right, stretch marks aren't only a foe of pregnant ladies - there are many causes. Everything from smoking to genetics can cause them, but if you have them, there are some great home remedies to help get rid of them. Here are a few tips:
1. Apply Cocoa Butter - Cocoa butter is great for scars and skin discoloration - and it's also great for stretch marks. While it'll time and patience, it'll help fade it so be sure to apply at least twice a day. And on the plus side, it smells great!
2. Drink Water - You always hear this - drink water and lots of it. Water is great for the body and skin but I forgot never drink about. It's a great purifier and rids your body of toxins. It also helps with skins elasticity, which help fight stretch marks. Try to drink at least 8 glasses a day. If it helps, throw a few slices of lemons or cucumber to add a little bite of flavor.
3. Prevention - While this may seem a little too obvious, the easiest way to prevent stretch marks is preventing it in the first place. Obviously, there are some instances where you can't avoid it (like pregnancy). However, if you exercise and have a balanced diet, your weight won't fluctuate and your skin will be happier.
There are plenty of other easy tips but these are just a few. But at the end of the day, it's also important to remember to be comfortable in your own body. Enjoy the summer and rock that bikini!