Cellulite and stretch marks聽happen to the best of us, including celebs and models. Dimply patches,聽white or clear skin lines, and crepey areas聽near the butt, thighs, upper arms, and stomach聽can聽form over time, and whether we like聽it or not, they鈥檙e a part of life. But why do these annoying body markings and indentations exist in the first place?

Most people think of stretch marks as a result of聽overstretched skin since they are often spotted during pregnancy or after sudden weight gain. But according to board-certified dermatologist and founder of聽Miami Skin Institute,聽S. Manjula Jegasothy, 鈥淪tretch聽marks actually form when collagen and elastin fibers tear聽and levels of glucocorticoids (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) are elevated.鈥 Unwanted cellulite lumps, however,聽form due to different circumstances. 鈥淥n the contrary, dimpled cellulite can be genetic and鈥 caused by the vertical formation of fibrous bands from the skin to the underlying fat,鈥 she notes. Um, great? While we wish we could be as chill with these developments聽as some (we see you聽Sara Shakeel聽with your glitter stretch mark art and Chrissy Teigen聽with your聽鈥淚 embrace you, stretchies鈥 tweets), there are ways to deal for those of us who, ahem, hate them.

How To Treat Stretch Marks

1. Platelet Rich Plasma聽Injections ($2,250+): According to Gerald Imber, plastic surgeon and director of Youth Corridor Clinic, some treatments like聽IPL聽(Intense Pulsed Light, a light-based therapy) can reduce redness caused by stretch marks (as do some alpha聽hydroxy acid creams), but injecting and micro needling聽platelet-rich plasma is a more effective way to treat them. 鈥淧RP significantly builds up healthy new collagen where there was just the broken-down skin of the stretch mark and reduces the purple color as well,鈥 he says. The only catch is the procedure must be repeated three times for聽it to really work.聽(Photo via Youth Corridor Clinic)

2. Volition Beauty聽Eucalyptus Stretch Mark Minimizer ($48):聽Even lackluster skin tone and聽prevent new marks from forming (or minimize current ones) with this eucalyptus cream that stimulates and smooths imperfections.聽The solution includes eight essential oils like mandarin聽to brighten skin and diminish scars and age spots, as well as rose hip and jojoba to soften a scaly epidermis.

3. Fraxel Laser Treatments ($500+):聽鈥淪kin-colored or white stretch marks are best treated with the Fraxel laser (done together or separately), followed by quality vitamin C聽and retinol products like Obagi聽Professional-C Serum ($77-115) and MDRejuvena Retinol applied topically,鈥 says聽Jegasothy. This one-two punch utilizes the benefit of open microscopic channels in the skin barrier for the first 24 hours post-Fraxel and usually聽results in a 30-40 percent improvement in redness reduction and stretch mark blending, per session. (Photo via Fraxel)

How To Treat Cellulite

4.聽Clarins聽Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert聽($70):聽Considering the French spend a great deal of time addressing aging body concerns, we鈥檙e all in when it comes to products they develop specifically for these issues. Clarins鈥 best-selling formula lifts as it addresses聽obstinate cellulite with firming quince leaf extract, and the icy tingling effect is a nice surprise on the cheeks.

5.聽Dr. Brandt Skincare Cellusculpt Body Shaper & Cellulite Smoothing Cream ($59):聽The unique thing about this smoothing cream is the five-rollerball applicator that fills up with a聽caffeine and green coffee extract complex at the turn of a click, to instantly massage places that are in need of attention.


6.聽Biologique Recherche Anti-C Slimming Treatment聽($275):聽When you want a results-driven experience that leaves you looking more sculpted, this聽service includes intense exfoliation courtesy of聽Lotion P50 Corps. You then receive a healthy聽dose of聽anti-cellulite products聽that are activated with a special聽massager聽to promote circulation, making those unwanted fatty pockets less noticeable and more plumped up. 馃檹

7.聽Perricone聽MD Cold Plasma Anti-Aging Body Lotion ($110):聽We聽don鈥檛 think you鈥檙e ready for this聽(tighter) jelly. When cottage cheese-style body patches are getting on your nerves, smooth 鈥檈m out with聽this聽non-greasy lotion. Although there鈥檚 a bit of a smell that takes some getting used to (thanks to a powerful ingredient cocktail), it goes away quickly as it absorbs into the skin,聽restoring texture and tone.

8.聽NuBODY Skin Toning Device ($399):聽NuBODY is the first FDA-approved, at-home, microcurrent body toning device of its kind. Which means it tackles dimples and cellulite that just won鈥檛 quit in five-minute treatments, leaving saggy crepey skin more taught. Plus it鈥檚 super simple to use.聽Target areas like your聽upper arms, thigh, butt, and abs by applying the leave-on gel primer that comes with the tool, then gliding the NuBODY over those parts in an upward motion until you hear the beep. And the best part? You don鈥檛 even have to get dressed or go anywhere to use this bad boy. Lovely.

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