Today I wanted to touch upon something that I feel affects a lot of women. A couple of weeks ago I saw a twitter post between two beautiful ladies discussing which products are best to get rid of stretch marks. And I almost felt offended at the fact they were expressing the feeling of being so self conscious about having stretch marks and that they’ve tried numerous products to get rid of them. I mean, I’m not saying I’m extremely confident about my body – there are some bits I do feel self conscious about. But the past year or two I have most definitely learnt to love my body (even the bits I used to HATE as a teen) and to, kind of love the flaws too. YES – even my stretch marks. Now you’re probably thinking, “hey Imogen why have you teamed this incredibly body positive post with something like fake tan?” And I hear ya sissy! But using fake tan isn’t always about covering up your skin every single day. Adding a bit of a holiday glow is exactly what we need in rainy Manchester. Give ourself a pick me up, and also to kinda make up for the lack of sun round ere.
ARE YOU INSECURE ABOUT STRETCH MARKS?
I’ve learnt to love my skin whether it be pale or have an instant glow from fake tan. (And that’s coming from a past fake tan junkie!) But something popped out to me when I applied fake tan this time round to test out the ‘Eco Tan Cacao moose’. And that was – my stretch marks on my thighs looked a lot more prominent when tanned. And it reminded me of the conversation the two girls were having on twitter. As I thought longer about it I realised so many more conversations I’ve overseen between girls about their stretch marks. Girls that have used products like bio oil during pregnancy in the hope that they would rid of the marks right after birth. Now – am I crazy in thinking that this is crazy? It makes me so sad that we as women put so much pressure on ourselves after life changing situations like giving birth. Carrying a human around inside you for 9 months leaves it’s mark. The same with surgery.
SCARS AND STRETCH MARKS ARE NORMAL
I’ve had two major surgeries in the space of the last five years. Both on my abdomen region. The first being a diagnostic laparoscopy and removal of appendix. The second being a diagnostic laparoscopy and removal of endometriosis which you can read about [my endo story here]. Both surgeries have obviously left me with scarring. And because I’ve had two lots the scars are in different places. I’ve got a scar above my public line, two in my left ovary side, two inside my belly button and one on the right side of my ovary. These are scars just like stretch marks. But, you know what? I’m hella embracing it. These scars remind me of my journey. They remind me of how far I’ve come through my diagnosis. The stretch marks remind me how far I’ve come on my fitness journey. My point is – these scars tell a story. Whether it be a stretch mark to remind you of what miracle baby you brought into the world or a scar to remind you how f****** strong you’ve been through a surgery. It may be to remind you of how bloody AMAZING you are as a bigger, beautiful lady or remind you that your teeny size body can still have stretch marks running through it. Because STRETCH MARKS ARE NORMAL. And we should celebrate them. Whether you’re blessed with them or not we should be celebrating each others bodies not discussing what we can use to change them. You are beautiful. WE are beautiful and we should always remember that.
OKAY! Now I’ve got that off my chest I want to chat to you about these two little guys. As an ex fake tan junkie I’ve tried many different fake tans in my time. Mostly before turning vegan as I went through a faze of generally giving up on fake tan. Now I embrace my skin, but sometimes I want to feel a lil sun kissed when it’s 10 months to my next holiday in Cornwall. Do you hear me sissy? Anyway… What I’m trying to say is I’d not tried a vegan fake tan since going vegan so when I came across the lovely, ethical and cruelty free fake tan brand eco tan. Set up by an Aussie Mum, Eco Tan features non toxic ingredients which harm no animals in the making! Well, all sounds good so far? Except, I had pretty high standards because of being hooked on a certain brand of tanning moose when I was younger. I wanted to give this bad boy a fair chance so I went in with an open mind. I showered, exfoliated and began applying this fake tan. Instantly I noticed the smell was much nicer than previous fake tan brands.
You know that weird curry smell I’m talking about? It was all clear of that, it smelt nice. It applied incredibly easily. I didn’t need to use a hell of a lot to get a lot of coverage either. And the best part about it. ALL natural, toxic free and vegan friendly!
JUST IMAGINE – If we were brought up thinking stretch marks are normal
Once I waited 8-9 hours and hopped in the shower – I walked out of the bathroom feeling like a new bloody woman! Let me set the scene for you. In my head I was strolling off a beach in Ibiza with the glowy skin blinding people as they walked past, my highlight was poppin so bad the the DJ thought it was a bleedin ringlight. When in reality I was walking out my bathroom with a large ikea towel wrapped around my head and a toothbrush in hand. Still had poppin glowy skin though. Aswell as the tanning moose I tried their tanning water for the face. I’ve never really tried a face fake tanning product but this really does the job. Slightly sticky when applied on your fingers but once it’s washed off you’re good to go. The water doesn’t feel to tacky on your face which is weird because that’s how it makes your hands feel. Once the tan has developed it really does give you a natural looking tan. I like to use this on days where I feel good without foundation. I would 100% recommend these two products. If you need a cruelty free, vegan friendly fake tan then definitely check out Eco Tan. They have some amazing vegan friendly products that I’m sure you’ll love too.
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