Cellulite and stretch marks often make us feel self-conscious, so you’re not alone.
It’s more concerning because pole dancing involves wearing pole shorts and mildly revealing outfits that put your thigh, stomach, arms, hips, and other stretch mark/cellulite-prone areas on display.
It’s natural for you to be concerned about pole dancing, cellulite, and stretch marks, but you’ll soon find that the pole community is a welcoming one – a safe space too.
I’ll keep this as short as possible while addressing the common concerns you may be facing.
Quick Summary: Treating Stretch Marks
|Palmer’s cocoa creams for new moms
|Trilogy Rosehip oil
|Miracle Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream
|Bio-Oil Skincare for Scars and Stretch Marks
|Rubbing Pure Almond Oil
|Recipe for Homemade Shower Lotion Mix
|1 part Gold Bond Shea lotion
|2 parts fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil
|2 parts vegetable glycerin
Can Pole Dancing Help With Cellulite?
Pole dancing can help you lose weight, thus reducing your cellulite’s visibility. You’ll get faster results when you combine pole dancing with strength training and toning exercises targeting the cellulite areas.
The beauty of combining pole dancing with strength training is innumerable. It improves your heart’s health, helps you stay toned and in shape, helps with weight loss, and boosts your self-esteem and confidence.
With improved confidence, you’ll find yourself not caring much about the faint appearance of your cellulite. You’ll also be more accepting of your body, which can further improve your self-image and how you perceive your body.
Pole Dancing and Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a common issue among men and women. It’s also one of the more common topics among beginner pole dancers who feel a little self-conscious.
Similar to cellulite, your stretch mark’s appearance reduces with gradual weight loss from pole dancing. This is because weight loss can help shrink and tone your skin, reducing the surface area, and minimizing the stretch mark’s appearance.
Note: Rapid or drastic weight loss within a short period can do the opposite, making your stretch mark appear more obvious due to loose skin.
Does Pole Dancing Cause Stretch Marks?
Pole sits, scissor sits, cross knee release, and similar pole moves can tug on your skin, causing it to expand and leaving signs of stretch marks. It’s worse if you have sensitive skin that reacts to slight changes or pressure.
Dealing with this is simple, especially as many of my students have fragile skin.
I often recommend that students use a tilted position with the hips so their skin isn’t taking on all of the work.
I also recommend bringing a metal, insulated, and non-sweat water bottle filled with ice to the pole studio. Quickly apply ice to the affected areas (thighs, behind your knees, and hips) after each pole session. This will help calm your skin so you don’t feel like you’re overworking and “burning” it on the pole.
Read Also: Inner Thigh Pain Treatment and Healing Tips
How to Treat Your Pole Stretch Marks?
I’ve added this section due to popular demand. Treating stretch marks can be subjective, especially because the skin responds differently.
However, here are some recommendations to help you combat/fade your stretch marks.
Constantly moisturizing your skin can reduce your chances of stretch marks. Palmer’s cocoa creams for new moms does an amazing job of fading my stretch marks and conditioning my inner thighs.
I’ve also been experimenting with Trilogy Rosehip oil lately, and it’s been an absolute blessing to keep my skin smooth and hydrated. The dropper is amazing too.
Another recommendation is the Miracle Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream. It’s great for moisturizing the skin, especially if you’re looking to reduce your exposure to chemicals and carcinogens.
Mixing Rose oil and Bio-Oil Skincare for Scars and Stretch Marks also works wonders. I recommend the organic/natural one over the original. I’ve read many reviews claiming the original has changed. When I compared the ingredient list on both, the primary ingredient in the first is mineral oil, while the organic one has jojoba oil.
Rubbing Pure Almond Oil twice a day on your stretch marks also helps.
If you’re into homemade recipes, you may love my little homemade shower lotion mix.
The mix contains;
I use the Gold Bond Shea lotion because it’s pretty much low odor, making it a nice choice if you’re sensitive to odors. The fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil and vegetable glycerin also do not have scents.
I often get the gallon size and then mix my ingredients in big batches in my blender.
Apply the mix after I’m done showering but before toweling off (while I’m still wet).
Sticky leggings can be expensive, but I often recommend them for students/pole dancers who do not want/have time to stick to a skincare routine.
Products I’ve tried are;
- Sticky leggings from Paradise Chick
- Super Fly Honey sticky leggings
- Creatures of XIX sticky leggings
I’m an Artistic Model, Dancer (Pole Dancer, Ballet, and Contemporary).
POLE THEATRE FRANCE 2018
EXOTIC GENERATION RUSSIA 2019 & 2020 (HARD)
POLE THEATRE UK 2019 & 2022 (CLASSIQUE)
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