Stretch marks can really affect our confidence and prevent us from doing things that we really want to in life. Whether they are caused by pregnancy, weight gain or loss or changes in the body shape they can really affect the way that many see their body and cause them to hide parts away. It is easy to say that we should learn to love our bodies the way they are but not quite so easy to do. If you are a sufferer and yearn to be free, here are some ideas that could help you.

1. Spread Aloe Vera over your stretch marks
We have long known that aloe Vera is soothing to the skin, but we are just beginning to learn about how the wonder ingredient can actually treat stretch marks. Aloe Vera is known to contain many nutrients which are beneficial to the skin as well as plenty of water. These nutrients get to work on the stretch mark and help to heal the skin around it whilst collagen content in the plant helps to improve the elasticity of the skin. Evidence suggests that if applied when the stretch mark first appears the plant can cause it to disappear completely but it also has great effects on existing marks. There is plenty of advice on how to apply aloe Vera to your skin online.

2. Apply stretch mark cream twice a day
Stretch mark cream can have amazing effects when applied twice a day. The best time to apply is after a shower when the pores are open because it allows the cream to penetrate deeper into the skin. We reviewed one of the most popular stretch mark creams on our blog if you would like to find out what we thought about it take a look.

3. Use coconut oil
Coconut oil is a relatively new introduction on to the beauty market but it really is proving its worth. It has been discovered that the oil can have amazing effects on stretch marks because it can increase blood flow to the skin around the area and increase collagen, which improves the elasticity of the skin. Of course, some might not be willing to wait for natural ingredients to work their magic and might wish to consider stretch mark removal services. Clinics that offer laser stretch mark removal can be researched online.

4. Get rid of your stretch marks with retinol
Retinol is a component of vitamin A that actively introduces collagen into the skin. Collagen is a wonder ingredient that helps the skin plump itself out, smoothing out those pesky stretch marks as it does. Find out about some of the best retinol creams available online.

5. Massage your skin with black tea
It seems tea is not only good for waking you up in the morning but also for helping to free you of your stretch marks. It is thought that the vitamins and antioxidants contained in the drink are great at reducing cell damage and helping to normalise skin pigmentation. To apply, make the tea using black tea powder and massage the cooled drink into the skin three times a day.