Stretch marks are reddish to silvery lines caused by stretching of the skin due to rapid weight gain or to most women, because of pregnancy. Also referred to as striae, stretch marks lighten over time but to let it fade by itself isn’t likely to happen. As these types of scarring rarely fade to become totally invisible, there are home remedies though to help minimize their appearance and make them fade more quickly.
Almond oil nourishes and heals the skin quite rapidly because of its vitamin E and other nutrient components. It also reduces scarring, smoothens skin, and improves complexion.
Apply all over the stretch marks a mixture of one to two tablespoons of sweet almond oil and few drops of essential oil. It is best to warm the mixture first before massaging onto the skin.
Aloe Vera’s cooling and healing properties make it an effective herbal remedy to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. It also has a natural skin softening agent which proves safe even for daily use.
To use, rub an Aloe Vera leaf to the affected area for about 10 minutes for the skin to fully absorb it. Do not forget to rinse it off with lukewarm water. For favorable results, make this as a regular practice every after a shower.
Baking soda has exfoliating powers that remove dead skin and lighten stretch marks.
To use, just mix one tablespoon of baking soda with lemon juice and form a paste. Apply the mixture onto the skin, use cling wrap, and let it stay for about 30 minutes. Remove the wrap and wash skin with warm water.
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, a skin-conditioning agent which makes stretch marks appear lighter. It also remedies other skin problems like dark spots, fine lines, and pimples.
To apply, just warm the castor oil slightly and massage it gently onto the skin in a circular motion. Do this daily for about 20 minutes before going to bed. In no time, positive results are easily recognized.
Cocoa butter has anti-aging components. It also hydrates the skin and makes it supple. It can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to replenish and even repair damaged cells. These properties make cocoa butter as an effective remedy to diminish the unsightly lines of stretch marks.
One needs a tablespoon of cocoa butter and massage it on the affected area for twice a day. Improvement will be seen after about two months of continued application.
Coffee is high in caffeine that stimulates the wearing down of fats under the skin aside from its known antioxidant components. It can penetrate the skin easily thus rubbing a mixture of coffee grounds and water onto the skin will readily enhance the blood flow in that area. This simple rubbing act works well to lighten stretch marks.
Do not forget to rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer, though. One may even add a tablespoon or two of olive oil or aloe vera gel for better results.
Egg whites are good for pampering the skin. They make skin smoother, fairer, and even minimize the appearance of unwanted skin marks. They are rich in amino acids and proteins that make egg whites an ideal natural remedy to repair and heal skin cells efficiently.
Mix two egg whites and apply a layer of this mixture onto the skin. One may use a brush or her fingers. Let the mixture dry completely for about 10 minutes. Rinse the hardened mixture off the skin with lukewarm water.
Lemon contains acid known for minimizing acne scars, bruises, and even stretch marks. One only needs to massage the lemon juice onto the skin in a circular motion and rinse with warm water after. It has been proven more effective if one adds cucumber juice and flour to make a paste mixture then apply to affected area.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that solve various skin impurities, stretch marks included. It is also an excellent skin moisturizer because of its hydrating and cooling effect.
For stretch marks, one must lightly warm the oil first before applying onto the skin. The warm oil promotes good blood circulation. One need not wash the oil off as it is also a great moisturizer to keep skin supple.
Potato is packed with vitamins and minerals known to enhance growth and repair of skin cells. Rubbing a thick slice of potato to the stretch mark area at least five to 10 minutes daily may help eliminate the unlovely lines.
Shea butter has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which make it ideal to keep skin healthy and even repair damaged cells. It also possesses high moisturizing effect on the skin when applied.
One only needs to massage shea butter onto the skin and leave it on.
Sugar is a natural exfoliant. Its coarse texture minimizes the unsightly appearance of stretch marks. Rubbing a sugar scrub on the skin also helps get rid of dead skin.
As a homemade exfoliant, mix a heaping tablespoon of sugar with a few drops of lemon juice and almond oil. Rub the mixture on the affected area and then rinse off with warm water. Repeat several times in a week for eight-10 minutes. Visible positive results are evident after a month of continuous application.
Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory and skin-lightening properties thus regular application to stretch marks will help lighten scars.
To use, mix one tablespoon turmeric powder with one tablespoon fresh cream or yogurt to form a paste. Apply this on the skin and let it dry for 15 minutes. Use warm water to rinse then moisturize.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks appear once someone gains weight so quickly that the skin is stretched tightly. An example of this is pregnancy. Same as in the case of a person who suddenly puts on several pounds and begins to lose weight quite quickly. The elastic fibers found under the skin surface break, making stretch marks appear.
The truth is, stretch marks can never be completely removed. However, it can be minimized with the techniques discussed. If one doesn’t want to have these unsightly lines, she should keep her skin hydrated from the start. Staying well-hydrated is a wise way to reduce the likelihood of acquiring stretch marks. Applying lotion is also one to help keep the skin hydrated. Another way is drinking plenty of water for proper hydration.
So if you see those stretch marks and feel sad about them, remind yourself that some things just aren’t meant to be fixed. More importantly, some things just don’t need to be fixed but celebrated instead. Having stretch marks included. For a mom who had just given birth, these battle scars are natural changes that the body goes through. Never be ashamed of those marks. Because those stretch marks are an indication of a life lived.