Tell me if this has ever happened to you: looking in the mirror all you see are those hideous stretch marks! It’s happened to me more times than I can count!
So many women, myself included, just wish we had a magic wand to get rid of those unsightly stretch marks:
A few years ago in college (good times for the most part... other than the fact that I had a strange haircut and was adoringly called "Fluffy" by most of my friends. But that's a story for another day.
I’d always been a little on the heavy side, but when I got to college my lifestyle took a turn for the worst. Like most students my age, my days were spent with friends, late night partying and drinking, then straight for late night snacks at McDonald’s or this all night diner off campus.
Needless to say it wasn't the healthiest of lifestyles. But hey, I was having a blast and thought I could always just cut back later…
Over the years that lifestyle took it’s toll and before I really knew it I had ballooned up to a weight well above average, even for a chubby girl, such as myself.
It really hit me when I was back home visiting my friends and I saw a photo of myself in the pool! I thought to myself, what happened to me?
I now couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror, and I figured it was time to do something about.
So with the help of my best friend we decided to start going to the gym, eating healthier and basically change every aspect of my life that had contributed to my weight gain.
After months of hard work, puking and countless times storming out of the gym, saying “screw this!” I started to see a difference. My parents commented on my appearance and then my friends started to notice.
Now here came the real problem:
As many of you know, when you lose a substantial amount of weight in a short period of time you’ll start to see stretch marks. Mine were on my lower belly and love handles.
After a bit of research into the matter, and the summer rapidly approaching, I found out the true cause:
When you gain weight the fibers of connective tissue in the skin begin to break, and this leads to a reduction of the elasticity of the skin. This causes scaring and takes the form of reddish lines at the beginning and then become faded as time passes.
As you might guess I started researching my options to see what the hell I could do to get rid of these things… There was no way I just put all this effort into losing weight to have these little marks making me feel self conscious.
So here were my options:
Dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser surgery may improve slightly older stretch marks, but can be very expensive and way beyond my income level. After all I’m still just in my first real job, and haven't made it to the corner office just yet. I figured there could be another way, and if worst came to worst I could save up for those treatments.
As you know the Internet has the answer for everything. I read several forums and tried everyhting: I tried with the olive oil, cocoa butter, massage, ate pounds of fruits and vegetables ( hoping the vitamins would increase the elasticity of the skin) and drank gallons of water to hydrate the skin... but still those horrible stretch marks. They weren’t going anywhere.
I started to think that I was just destined to have stretch marks and there was nothing I could do to get rid of them.
Two weeks later I was back home to visit a good friend, who had just had a baby a few months earlier and we got to talking about my struggles with these stretch marks, when she suggested I use a cream that had worked for her: Trilastin SR.
She actually hadn’t used the whole bottle and gave it to me to take home and try.
At that point I thought that I'd try anything to get out of this situation.