Stretch marks are lines that appear where the skin has been stretched. There are many causes of stretch marks, but the most common causes are pregnancy and weight gain.
Sometimes, these marks, which are considered scars, can fade away on their own. If you're experiencing stretch marks that haven't gone away, there are treatments to fade them or get rid of them completely. Some are more invasive than others, such as laser therapy and micro-needling. If you are looking for an easy solution to get rid of your stretch marks, consider dry brushing. Here, we'll explain how you can get rid of stretch marks with dry brushing.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is a process where you remove dead skin cells, increase circulation, and improve the appearance of stretch marks (and cellulite) by massaging the skin daily with a dry bristle brush. When you use a brush, like the Life’s Butter anti-cellulite and stretch marks dry brush made with ultra-fine bristles, you can soften the fat deposits beneath your skin and distribute them more evenly. This method may not get rid of the marks entirely, but it can significantly diminish them.
We recommend Life’s Butter anti-cellulite dry brush because the brush makes all the difference. The technique is also important, but you most certainly do not want to buy stiff or synthetic bristle brushes, as they can cause irritation. To avoid microscopic tears, redness, and skin irritation, Life’s Butter specifically created a brush that will deliver effective, yet harmless results.
Benefits of Dry Brushing to Remove Stretch Marks
There are so many benefits of dry brushing, but these are by far our favorites, and why we recommend dry brushing to remove stretch marks.
- Exfoliation – exfoliating reduces the appearance of these frustrating scars by encouraging healthy cell turnover, revealing the bright, brand new skin underneath. New skin cells can also help fade scars.
- Produces collagen – as you may know, collagen is an essential protein and building block for healthy skin. As people age, their collagen depletes every year. By dry brushing your stretch marks and the areas surrounding them, you can increase collagen production, thus improving skin elasticity to help diminish stretch marks, but also prevent more from occurring.
- Improves product absorption – when you exfoliate any part of your body, it helps your skin absorb products more easily, allowing them to do their job better. This is because exfoliating, or dry brushing, removes dirt, grime, and dead skin cells, leaving a fresh layer of skin to easily absorb whatever beneficial skincare products you lather on. This is one of the reasons we recommend applying the Life’s Butter anti-cellulite cream during and after dry brushing.
Reduce Stretch Marks with Dry Brushing – What You Need
Gather the following ingredients:
- Dry brush
- Anti-cellulite/stretch mark cream
- Retinoid serum (if not using an anti-cellulite cream). Retinoids, such as retinol, also combine well with dry brushing to remove stretch marks. Retinol serums can help fade away stretch marks if they are just a few months old. If you need something stronger, tretinoin serums can build collagen in the skin, which can help the scars blend in better. Just keep in mind that tretinoin can be irritating.
How to Correctly Dry Brush to Reduce Stretch Marks
First, apply your skincare product. Take your natural bristled brush and target all the areas you have stretch marks, massaging in circular motions with upward strokes to improve circulation.
If you have dry or sensitive skin and you find the process painful, ease up on the pressure or take breaks when necessary.
Go over the affected areas just a few times – you don’t want to overdo a good thing. Follow up with a shower. Apply more of the product after you shower, because as mentioned earlier, your skin is prime to absorb all the benefits of your skincare products.
You can do this three times a week, less if you experience irritations.
Even if you notice a difference, it’s recommended to continue dry brushing as a preventative measure against stretch marks and cellulite!