Yes this is the subject of Tiger Stripes, or as most people call them -stretch marks. I recently tweeted “I’ve decided my stretch marks are tiger stripes, which is actually pretty awesome” and I got some responses that were slightly confused-how could a little person like me have stretch marks? I feel like I should probably let you guys know that slim people get them too. Trust me! I never used to have stretch marks, but now I have quite a few, and its something I have been incredibly conscious of.
Why do we have stretch marks?
We have them because we grow, weather its lengthwise, or width wise, or a certain part of your body. If you haven’t grown in any way and you are noticing lots of stretch marks, it might be a another condition and you should check it with your GP. Anyway as you grow your skin stretches, but sometimes the middle layer of skin breaks in places, which then means the deeper layers are shown through, causing the striping pattern.
I think being self conscious is a horrible thing, and too many people are conscious of the person they are, as am I sometimes. But what is important to know, is that we are living our life, not someone else’s. We are living in our body, not someone else’s. Which is a good thing. For example I can now look at my stretch marks and its a reminder that I have grown. I used to hate being the girl who was tiny and skinny, I had no bum, I had no boobs, I was about 4 foot nothing. I looked fine, but in my eyes I hated it. But now I can look back, and think maybe I have grown more than I thought.
I’m not saying you can’t use things to try and fade them away, because you can. Just don’t see them negatively and don’t let them get you down. One thing that tends to be really good is bio-oil, it smells lovely as well!
Speak soon guys!