Both men and women hate stretch marks. Why do you think there are hundreds of products out there dedicated to “getting rid” of them? A simple Google search will generate headlines such as, “How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks Fast” or “Top 10 Best Stretch Mark Removal Creams.” We are told that these lines should be hated, that these lines are proof that we have failed to be perfect.
Well, we think stretch marks are beautiful and here’s why:
1. Having stretch marks means that your body can transform.
It is not static. It will never look the same. Just like our minds, our bodies grow and learn and stretch marks are proof of that.
2. Our stretch marks make us different.
Just as no two people are the same, nobody else will have lines like yours. They come in different colors and sizes. They’re like fingerprints!
3. Stretch marks unite us.
Everybody gets them, even if it isn’t the same way. Fat or pregnant people aren’t the only ones who get stretch marks. You can get them just by growing! All bodies stretch.
4. Having stretch marks can mean that you’ve just given life.
We put way too much emphasis on “bouncing back” from pregnancy. New moms stress about getting that body back and forget how those stretch marks are celebrations of new life. You literally just pushed a human out of you! Congratulations!
5. They’re here to stay.
We hate to break it to you, but all those creams and lotions and pills that you just spent thousands of pesos on will never actually erase your love lines. They can lighten them, sure, but unless you have regular laser sessions like the Kardashians, they’re not going anywhere. You might as well learn to love ‘em.
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