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Cellulite and Stretch Marks: The Solutions You Actually Need

Struggling with cellulite and stretch marks? 

Have you spent tons of time, money, and effort to improve the appearance, but nothing has worked yet? 

Could there be a better and more effective approach?

Before you invest in another treatment, cream, or procedure, read this post.

I’m going to explain the anatomy and science of cellulite and stretch marks, what causes them, the factors that affect them…

…and how we’ve been duped into believing that normal skin is a flaw so that an industry can profit off insecurities they created

I’ll also go over some real and practical solutions, so you don’t have to keep hunting for expensive, painful, and ineffective treatments.  

This isn’t your typical cellulite post from another skincare company trying to sell you something. 

Instead, I want to offer you a different perspective – one focused on understanding how we’ve been manipulated and how we can reclaim our power.

 Ready to have your mind blown and eyes opened to the true history of the beauty industry?

Let’s dive in!

A Quick Note on Body Sovereignty

This post is not to shame anyone who is seeking out or currently using treatments or products for cellulite or stretch marks. This information is provided to offer another perspective and empower you to make the decisions that feel right for you.

We live in a culture where our looks are heavily scrutinized, and there can be real benefits (or consequences) tied to fitting certain beauty ideals. 

The pressure to conform is immense, and it’s not easy to ignore.

I believe in body sovereignty – the right to make your own choices about your body.

Only you know your body, your history, your experiences, and what it’s like to move around this world in your body.

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended to be a tool and provide body image support and encouragement. However, it is not a substitute for professional help or medical advice. If you have or suspect you have an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder, I strongly encourage you to seek the guidance of a qualified professional. The information provided in this post should not be interpreted or used as medical advice. Always consult your physician or a healthcare professional on matters relating to your health and well-being. 

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Understanding Cellulite vs. Stretch Marks

What exactly are cellulite and stretch marks? How are they different?

Let’s first explore what these features actually are from a biological perspective, what causes them, and what are factors that affect development.

Understanding the anatomy behind cellulite and stretch marks can help us separate fact from fiction.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a normal anatomical feature that occurs in +80-90% of individuals assigned female at birth and <8% of individuals assigned male at birth. 

It manifests as dimples on the skin surface, creating an uneven skin texture, mostly on the thighs, hips, and buttocks. 

Cellulite is caused by thick fibrous bands, known as fibrous septae, which pull the skin down, creating depressions and a herniation of fat on the skin’s surface. These bands vary in thickness and form a net-like structure under the skin, pushing fat towards the surface. This means cellulite is an anatomical feature beneath the skin, not just a result of the fat under the skin. As such, people of all sizes can have cellulite, and simply losing fat won’t get rid of it.

Factors that affect cellulite are:

  • Sex assigned at birth (more common in females)
  • Hormones 
  • Age (typically occurs post-puberty)
  • Genetics 
  • Race
  • Fluid retention (factors affecting fluid retention such as circulation, menstruation, etc.)

Cellulite Myths Debunked

Cellulite is not a flaw.

Cellulite is not a disorder.

Cellulite is not painful, harmful, or dangerous. 

Cellulite is not a medical condition.

Cellulite is not a disease. 

Cellulite is not “your fault.”

Cellulite does not need to be “fixed.”

Cellulite is not caused by diet or lifestyle.

Cellulite is not caused by toxins (nor does it trap toxins).

Cellulite is a normal anatomical feature. It’s simply female flesh. 

Cellulite does not go away with weight loss, and people of all sizes have cellulite. While building muscle and decreasing fat may reduce the appearance of cellulite, it will not get rid of it because it is a structural feature under the skin.

Currently, there is no effective “cure” for cellulite…

….Because there is nothing to cure.

…Because it’s just normal anatomy.

While many treatments are available, ranging from low-cost to very expensive and from non-invasive to invasive procedures, the outcomes are highly variable, and all are temporary and short-lived (1).

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, medically known as striae, are a type of scarring on the skin that forms when the skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The sudden change in skin tension can disrupt the collagen and elastin fibers, causing them to rupture. As the skin heals, a scar (stretch mark) appears. 

They manifest as red, purple, black, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown lines. They often fade to a lighter color over time and become less noticeable, but they never completely go away. 

Stretch marks vary widely in appearance depending on factors such as cause, skin tone, skin type, how long you’ve had them, location on the body, and more (2). 

Factors that affect stretch marks include:

  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Sex assigned at birth (more common in females)
  • Genetics
  • Corticosteroid use
  • Certain medical condition 

Stretch Mark Myths Debunked

Stretch marks are not a flaw. 

Stretch marks are not a disease.

Stretch marks are not painful, harmful, or dangerous. 

Stretch marks don’t need to be “fixed.”

Stretch marks are not “your fault.”

Stretch marks can appear on people of all sizes

Stretch marks are scars, so they are permanent. Despite the array of products, treatments, and claims, nothing can get rid of stretch marks. While various treatments may help diminish their appearance, they cannot be completely erased.

They are also perfectly safe and not harmful, so they do not need to be “treated.”

The appearance of stretch marks does not reflect your health or fitness level. Stretch marks can affect people of all shapes, sizes, and skin tones.

Weight loss won’t make stretch marks go away. It’s scar tissue. In fact, weight loss can even make new ones appear. 

Tanning does not make stretch marks go away and can even make them more noticeable. 

The Societal Construct of Cellulite and Stretch Marks as “Flaws”

For the longest time, I believed that anything but perfectly smooth and even-toned skin was an imperfection or flaw.

But perfectly smooth skin doesn’t even exist. 

So, why is the common consensus that normal skin texture and tone is an “imperfection?” 

Even in the body positivity space, you see people showcasing and embracing their “flaws.” 

While this is a step in the right direction and shows that all people have normal skin instead of airbrushing, photoshopping, posing, and hiding…

…it still frames normal features as flaws. 

How did we get here? You know our ancient ancestors weren’t out there searching far and wide for a plant that got rid of skin dimples… So why do we care now?

How did normal skin get labeled as a flaw?

Cellulite and stretch marks are not flaws - they are normal features of all human bodies

Unrealistic Beauty Standards 

We are constantly bombarded with beauty standards by the media, social media, and our social circle, creating a societal beauty ideal.

The beauty ideal is the “look” that society deems attractive and desirable. It’s a very narrow standard that the majority doesn’t fit, nearly impossible to obtain, and ever-changing. 

For example, the ideal body type has drastically shifted over the years—from the voluptuous figures admired in the 1950s to the ultra-thin, waif-like bodies of the 1990s, and now to the Kardashian/Jenner look that even they couldn’t achieve without significant body modification and photoshopping. 

When we internalize the beauty ideal, we adopt it as our expectation or inspiration for our own appearance. We evaluate ourselves, our attractiveness, and our self-worth on how much we fit the standard. 

Internalization of the appearance ideal happens when we are consistently exposed to images and messages in the media, social media, and our internal networks. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). 

The Business of Beauty 

So, who sets these beauty standards and why…?

…The companies that profit from us hating our bodies. 

The global cosmetic industry and valued at $617.2 billion and is projected to keep growing (6). 

They’d lose all their profits if we liked our bodies or focused our money and time on other endeavors. 

…Which is obviously not in their best financial interest. 

So they create and then exploit insecurities, promise fake solutions, and consistently repackage the same promises [that never worked in the first place]  to keep people coming back 

…creating a very lucrative business in our capitalistic society.

They set unrealistic beauty standards and direct people to buy the treatments, creams, products, make-up, and procedures, driving consumerism and profiting from manufactured insecurities.

..What a business model. 

Historical Context

Understanding the historical context of these beauty standards helps us see how deeply ingrained and pervasive they are in our society. Here’s a rough outline of how the cosmetic and beauty industry has evolved:

  • Pre-20th Century: Cellulite and stretch marks existed but were not considered flaws or imperfections. They were just normal variations in skin texture. There were no ‘treatments,’ and people did not think about them. Part of the reason could be because women wore clothes that covered more. However, 17th-century paintings of women displayed cellulite as a feature of beauty
  • Post-WW1: During WWI, women became more self-sufficient, taking on higher-paying jobs. After the war, a new image of modern femininity developed: independent, liberated… and visible in media and marketing with expendable income. Companies saw a new opportunity, and the beauty industry boomed. 
  • February 1933: Votre Beauté, a French magazine, first used the term “cellulite,” defining it as a problem unique to women, even though it hadn’t been considered an issue before. After this, others followed suit and it was now a widely known female issue that needed to be treated. 
  • 1968: Vogue magazine introduced the term “cellulite” to American women, framing it as a disease with various outlandish remedies. This marked the mainstreaming of the myth of cellulite and its supposed cures.
  • 1990s: The cosmetic industry exploded with the introduction of new technologies and treatments promising to eliminate cellulite and stretch marks. Celebrities endorsed these products, fueling consumer demand.
  • 2000’s: The era of ultra-thin celebrities, reality TV, and internet culture. Celebrity blogs and gossip magazines scrutinized celebrities in candid paparazzi photos, expressing shock and disdain over small stomach rolls, cellulite, and other normal body features.
  • 2010s-2020s: The rise of social media. Platforms like Instagram popularized edited and filtered images/videos, setting new beauty standards. With the rise of social media emerged influencer marketing. Now, influencer marketing is surging, with influencers promoting beauty products and treatments to their followers.

Today, the body-positive/body-neutral movement has grown, yet the beauty industry continues to profit from promoting insecurities.

Exploring the Predatory Marketing of Cellulite, Stretch Marks, and the Cosmetics Industry as a Whole

As you can see, the beauty industry has long thrived on creating and amplifying insecurities, and the marketing of cellulite and stretch marks is a prime example. These natural variations in skin texture, once considered normal, have been transformed into “problems” requiring expensive solutions.

Once you see it, you start to notice all the manipulative and predatory marketing techniques:

  • Fear-Based Advertising: Marketing normal healthy skin as something that needs to be fixed, covered up, or treated. Normal skin has cellulite, stretch marks, pimples, texture, dark spots, wrinkles, and lines. However, these are all viewed as “problems we need to fix” when none of these are actually harmful or dangerous. Ads emphasize these as “flaws” to create insecurity and market their product as the solution. For example, Avon’s 2019 ad that claimed, “Dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs).”
  • False Promises: Products that promise unrealistic results, like claiming to eliminate cellulite and stretch marks permanently, which is impossible to do.
  • Creating Unrealistic Standards: Using only young, thin, able-bodied, lighter-skinned, conventionally attractive women in ads and using airbrushed or photoshopped pictures.
  • Targeting Children: Young influencers that push expensive “anti-aging” products on their followers, which fosters a cycle of consumerism and insecurity starting at a young age.
  • Using Manipulative Language: Using carefully crafted, vague, yet appealing language to tap into our desires and anxieties. Words like “radiant,” “glowing,” and “ageless” play on our insecurities, promise more than they can deliver and make us believe we need products to achieve an unattainable ideal

The Financial and Emotional Impact of Marketing

What’s the harm? It’s just business, right?

Ethically speaking, not only is it manipulative, but marketing tactics in the beauty industry can place a heavy financial and emotional burden on the consumer. 

The relentless push to buy expensive treatments and products can strain your finances while being bombarded with ads that highlight perceived flaws can lead to low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, and feeling like you’re “never good enough.”

The Overlap Of Diet Culture and Beauty Culture 

We can’t discuss skincare and beauty culture without mentioning diet culture since the two are inextricably intertwined. 

Both diet and skincare culture thrive on a common foundation: the pursuit of an idealized appearance. 

Both promise control over our bodies and the ability to transform ourselves into a more socially acceptable and desirable version. However, this pursuit is often an illusion, leading to an endless cycle of dissatisfaction and striving for an ever-changing standard.

Conformity Over Health

Like diet culture, beauty culture is not truly about health or well-being. Instead, they capitalize on our insecurities and prioritize appearance over health (sometimes even under the guise of health). 

Diet culture can push individuals to dangerous extremes to maintain a small body, such as dangerous diets, smoking cigarettes, and taking unregulated supplements. 

Similarly, beauty culture encourages trends like tanning, phenol peels, and plastic surgery despite the known health risks.

Shifting Ideals

Not only are appearance ideals largely unattainable and unrealistic for most people, but they are also constantly changing.

Even if you happen to fit the current beauty and body standard, it will inevitably change. 

For example, in beauty culture, pale skin used to be considered beautiful, but now it’s often seen as unattractive. 

In diet culture, the body standard has evolved over the years from curvy to waiflike, to fit and toned, and back to curvy in an unnatural BBL sort of way. 

This shows the societal influence on what we find attractive and how it can shift over time.

Not to mention, appearances are largely genetic. You can follow the same diet and fitness plan, use the same makeup and skincare, and get all the same cosmetic procedures, and still not fit the appearance ideal. 

This highlights the futility of trying to conform to ever-changing standards based on factors largely outside our control.

Both diet and beauty culture are designed to keep you in a perpetual cycle of dissatisfaction and consumption. You become a lifelong customer, and your body becomes a constant “fixer-upper,” a project that’s never truly complete. 

This constant pursuit of an idealized appearance drains your time and resources and damages your mental and emotional well-being by making you feel like you’re never quite good enough.

The Harmful Effects of Objectification 

Both diet culture and beauty culture thrive on objectifying people, especially women, by reducing them to mere bodies existing for the viewing pleasure of other people. 

The message is:  when you look good, you’ll feel good. You’ll gain confidence, attraction, love, power, etc. 

However, objectification actually leads to anxiety, depression, negative body image, harmful behaviors, disordered eating, and self-harm (7, 8).

While achieving a specific weight or undergoing a cosmetic procedure might offer temporary confidence, this happiness is fleeting and conditional. Your happiness and worth become contingent on how you look – and bodies change over time. Weight fluctuates, aging brings about wrinkles and sagging skin, and life events can leave their mark on our appearance. 

It’s a dangerous game to only be happy when a certain appearance is accomplished. 

Consumerism and Economic Motives

Both diet and beauty cultures are multi-billion dollar industries that thrive on consumerism and profit from the insecurities that they create… then act as saviors with solutions (that usually don’t work) to problems you didn’t even know existed until they told you they did. 

Diet and beauty culture promote an endless array of products and treatments to ensure a constant stream of customers. People end up spending thousands of their hard-earned dollars across their lifespan. 

Societal Values Rooted in Systemic Inequalities 

Society places immense value on physical appearance and economic productivity, causing many to base their self-worth on these factors.

Society’s obsession with appearance and productivity has deep roots in systemic inequalities. It’s a toxic culture that judges and ranks us based on how we look and what we produce, so we unfairly associate our worth with superficial metrics.

Diet and beauty industries thrive on this culture by promoting unattainable ideals that perpetuate racism, misogyny, fatphobia, and ableism. They celebrate thinness, whiteness, youth, and able-bodiedness and leave those who don’t fit the mold feeling marginalized and inadequate.

But your body is not the problem. Your body was never the problem.

The real issue lies in the oppressive systems that equate value with youth, productivity, and conformity. We fear aging and weight gain because we’ve been conditioned to associate them with societal devaluation.

Elderly individuals often face discrimination and neglect due to ageism, while fatphobia leads to prejudice and mistreatment of people in larger bodies. 

We internalize these fears and struggle instead of embracing our bodies at every stage of life.

We’re conditioned to fight so hard against natural processes.

This isn’t about individual flaws but about challenging a culture that tells us we’re not enough. It’s time to break free from these harmful narratives and recognize our inherent worth, regardless of our appearance or productivity.

Are All Appearance-Related Practices Harmful?

Appearance-related practices encompass all of the actions we take to manage our looks. This can range from seeking cosmetic treatments driven by societal beauty pressures, like cellulite or stretch mark treatments, to wearing family heirlooms as a way of feeling a deeper connection to our loved ones.

Appearance practices reflect our appearance investment, which shows how much we value our looks and their impact on our self-worth and identity. This investment can be either adaptive or maladaptive.

Adaptive appearance investment involves engaging in appearance-related behaviors as a form of self-expression or identity, promoting health and self-care.

Maladaptive appearance investment involves engaging in appearance-related behaviors due to excessive concern with looks and basing self-worth on appearance.

Engaging in appearance-related practices isn’t always bad, but there’s a fine line between what’s helpful and what’s harmful. The key is the motive behind these practices.

With adaptive appearance investment, these practices:

  • Express identity, personal style, or have religious, cultural, or personal meaning
  • Are flexible
  • Focus on health and self-care
  • Reflect values
  • Don’t consume excessive time, money, or energy, and don’t interfere with other life aspects

With maladaptive appearance investment, these practices:

  • Are driven mainly by the desire to be more attractive
  • Are rigid
  • Take a significant amount of time, money, and effort
  • Are pursued at any cost, even if harmful; appearance is prioritized above all else
  • Cause distress if not completed

Our appearance investment and behaviors aren’t always neatly categorized as “adaptive” or “maladaptive.” They occur on a spectrum, and there’s often overlap. For example, you might choose to do something primarily as an expression of personal style while also feeling it improves your appearance. It’s usually not black and white, but it’s your primary motive, the flexibility you have around your practices, and the overall effect they have on you that matters.

Cellulite and Stretch Mark Treatments as Self-Care? 

So, are cellulite and stretch mark treatments harmful? It depends. 

Skincare is often framed as self-care, and it can be, but I think the skincare-as-self-care trend has shifted towards skincare at all costs—to maintain youth and beauty, look like every other influencer, and continue to buy, buy, buy.

Again, the difference lies in your intentions, the flexibility around the practice, and the overall effect these practices have on you.

Appearance practices as self-care may look like: 

  1. Focus on Health: Prioritizing overall well-being through nourishing food choices, enjoyable movement, stress management, and adequate sleep. These factors may reduce the appearance of cellulite and contribute to overall skin health AND contribute to positive body image and show your body respect.
  2. Sun protection: Using sunscreen to prevent burns and reduce skin cancer risk.
  3. Relaxation: Getting facials or massages to de-stress and pamper yourself.
  4. Nourishment: Moisturizing dry skin or treating conditions like eczema to show care for your body.
  5. Rituals: A nighttime skincare routine as a relaxing way to unwind.

Appearance practices driven by societal beauty pressures may look like: 

  1. Painful treatments: Undergoing expensive and uncomfortable cellulite treatments every month out of shame and disgust for appearance. 
  2. Cosmetic procedures: Getting lip fillers solely to conform to beauty standards.
  3. Rigid routines: Feeling obligated to follow a 9-step skincare regimen that takes up excessive time and causes stress if missed.
  4. Tanning: Prioritizing a “glow” achieved through tanning despite the known risks of skin cancer.
  5. Makeup dependency: Feeling unable to leave the house without makeup due to insecurity about your natural appearance.

Appearance-Related Practices and Quality of Life 

Why does it matter?

Your appearance investment can significantly impact your overall quality of life.

Maladaptive Appearance Investment & Lower Quality of Life

When your self-worth is overly tied to your appearance, it can create a ripple effect through various aspects of your life. For example:

  • Strained Relationships: Feeling insecure or preoccupied with your looks can make it difficult to connect with others authentically.
  • Missed Opportunities: You might avoid social events or activities you’d enjoy out of fear of being judged.
  • Emotional Distress: Basing your happiness on how you look can lead to anxiety, depression, and a constant sense of not being “good enough.”

Even if you generally feel good about your appearance right now, a bad hair day or a pimple can derail your mood and dampen your enjoyment of life. Plus, bodies change over time. Your happiness and worth shouldn’t be contingent on something as fleeting as your physical appearance.

Adaptive Appearance Investment & Higher Quality of Life

On the other hand, a healthy relationship with your appearance is linked to:

  • Improved Self-Esteem
  • Stronger Relationships
  • Greater Life Satisfaction
  • Positive Body Image

Body Acceptance Solutions to Cellulite and Stretch Marks 

Congratulations on making it this far in the post! If you’re now convinced that spending more time and money on treatments isn’t the way to go…

…but you still feel uneasy about your cellulite and stretch marks, you might be wondering where that leaves you.

Don’t worry—there are body image practices that can help!

I’m not saying these will make you love every part of your body all the time—because that’s not realistic. But on days when you’re feeling uncomfortable in your skin, these tools can help you respond in a healthy and respectful way.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list. These are just some ideas to get started. Body image work is different for everyone. Some of these tools and ideas may not resonate with you, and that’s okay.  Take what is helpful and leave the rest.

1. Learn Media Literacy

Media literacy involves noticing appearance ideals in media and social media, understanding why they are used (often to sell products), and recognizing who benefits from them. It also means resisting these ideals.

Take note of what you see and how you feel when you scroll through social media and watch TV or movies.

  • Are you bombarded with unrealistic pictures?
  • Do the shows and movies have little body diversity and sexualize the female characters?
  • Do you feel better about yourself or worse?

Depending on your answer, it may be time to clean up your feed and/or limit what you consume.

  • Unfollow accounts that feature unrealistic and photoshopped bodies.
  • Follow pages with more varied and realistic bodies.
  • Find shows and movies that represent diverse body types and have characters with more depth.

… And remember, much of what you see in the media and on social media is fake. Influencers are notorious for using filters, editing pics, knowing the right poses, etc.  Even the influencers and models don’t actually look like their pictures!

2. Take Inventory of Your Beauty Habits

Taking stock of your appearance-related practices can help you identify areas where you might want to make changes to support your well-being.

  1. Make a List: Write down all the practices you engage in, big and small. This might include things like:
  • Applying makeup
  • Coloring/styling hair
  • Skincare routines
  • Manicures/pedicures
  • Cosmetic procedures (e.g., Botox, fillers)
  • Exercise routines focused on appearance
  • Clothing choices driven by trends or perceived flaws
  1. Rank and Reflect: Consider each practice in terms of:
  • Impact: How does it affect you financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally? Does it cause discomfort or stress?
  • Resources: How much time, money, or energy does it consume? Does it interfere with other areas of your life?
  • Flexibility: What would happen if you couldn’t do it anymore? Would it significantly impact your mood or self-esteem?
  1. Identify and Adjust:
  • Choose 1-3 practices that feel the most harmful, consuming, or inflexible.
  • Brainstorm ways to reduce or eliminate these behaviors. Keep in mind what feels doable and sustainable for you.

Example:

If you realize that your elaborate daily makeup routine is causing stress and taking up too much time, you might try:

  • Reducing: Switching to a simpler routine on certain days of the week.
  • Substituting: Exploring other ways to feel confident and put-together, like wearing a favorite outfit or accessory.
  • Eliminating: Going makeup-free on weekends or when you’re just hanging out with your close circle of friends and family (or people you’re comfortable and safe with). 

There is no right or wrong way to do this. The goal is to create a routine that feels good, aligns with your values, and supports your overall well-being.

3. Practice Body Appreciation 

Oftentimes, we’re so focused on how our body looks that we forget to appreciate all the things our bodies can DO. 

Appreciating all that your body can do is called body functionality. Cultivating an appreciation for what the body can do is associated with more consistent eating and exercise behaviors, lower anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, and higher overall well-being. 

To practice appreciating your body’s functionality, create a journal of all the things you appreciate about what your body can do and what it allows you to experience instead of how it looks. 

Write “I appreciate that….” and come up with a list of everything you can think of. For some examples: 

  • My arms are able to wrap my child in a hug.
  • My legs allow me to hike different trails around the world
  • My brain has helped me to [aspect of career or creative endeavor that you’re proud of]
  • My nose allows me to smell fresh-cut flowers in the summertime.

Anytime you feel yourself focusing too much on appearance, revisit your list of everything you appreciate about what your body can do for you.

Hint: it can help to do this before you’re having a tough body image day. In the heat of the moment, it may be tough to see things clearly. 

If you’d like a template for this, make sure to download my free body image toolkit! 

4. Practice Body Respect 

The way we treat our bodies matters. Show respect and care for your body through nourishing meals, gentle movement, adequate rest, and other self-care practices. By prioritizing your body’s needs, you acknowledge its importance which shows appreciation.

To practice this, the next time you’re feeling poorly about your body, choose one simple thing that prioritizes your body’s needs. This will look different for everyone, but here are some examples:

  • Add in one serving of vegetables at dinner.
  • Set a bedtime and schedule it so you get adequate sleep.
  • Say no to an extra obligation so you can have some downtime.
  • Go for a 10-minute walk outside twice this week before your day starts to get some morning sunlight and gentle movement.
  • Add a source of protein to your usual carbohydrate-dense breakfast for added satiety. 
  • Make time for your favorite Saturday afternoon group yoga class.
  • Make a pitcher of infused water so you’re inspired to drink more throughout the day.

Final Thoughts 

I hope you found this post helpful and that it inspired you to rethink the narratives around cellulite and stretch marks. 

Your body tells a story, and every line, curve, and dimple is a part of that story – not something to erase, cover or hide. It’s time to reclaim your power from the beauty industry and embrace your body as it is! 

If you’re interested in learning more about body image or Intuitive Eating, be sure to check out some of these other blog posts: 

If you’re looking for personalized support,  I offer one-on-one body image and Intuitive Eating counseling services to help you find food freedom and body confidence. My one-on-one services are tailored to your specific needs and concerns. We work to develop a plan together that will help you achieve your goals and fit into your life. Whether you’re looking to break free from the diet cycle, overcome emotional or binge eating, or start treating your body with respect and kindness, I’m here to help!

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