Stretch marks are an all-too-common issue faced by people all over the world. They usually look lighter than your natural skin pigment and feel like slight ridges or indentations.
There are many reasons why someone can get stretch marks. The people most susceptible to this are pregnant women who get stretch marks on their breasts and abdomen area, children when they begin growing, and even athletes due to muscle mass building routines. In fact, stretch marks can also be caused by rapid weight loss or weight gain, and can also be pretty itchy!
Although they’re nothing to be ashamed of, stretch marks on the buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, thighs and other parts of the body can diminish a person’s self-esteem. So if you’re tired of trying generic stretch mark removal creams with no results, we’ve got some great tips to help keep those stretch marks at bay!
The pulp of the aloe plant is a great way to regenerate skin tissue and heal damaged skin and is lighter than many drugstore stretch mark creams. It also helps to keep skin hydrated, which is also important when it comes to handling stretch marks. Use the pulp of the aloe leaf twice a day and wash off after 2 minutes.
We’re all familiar with the sweet-smelling cocoa butter, but did you know that pregnant women who use cocoa butter hardly get any stretch marks? Yes! This natural treasure is a great way to restore elasticity back to the skin.
Cucumber and Lemon Juice
If your stretch marks are slightly red or purple, chances are you’re looking for a lightening and reduction remedy. Combining equal parts of lemon and cucumber juice creates an acidic yet soothing concoction that soothes and smoothes the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Almond and Coconut Oil
Using a mix of almond and coconut oil helps to reduce stretch marks – albeit over a long period. You can add a few drops of lavender or rose oil to create a scented stretch mark oil to use daily.
Castor oil delivers the much-needed nourishment and moisture to stretch marks which helps to heal the skin. It also helps to smoothen out the marks and keeps your skin supple if used regularly.
Body Mask from Your Pantry
Beat two egg yolks with the juice of one lemon, 2 teaspoons of oatmeal, and 2 teaspoons of almond paste to make a mask. Slather this all over your stretch marks and wash off. Try it on alternate days to see results.
Look for stretch mark removal creams packed with Glycerin, fruit extract and natural hydrators and exfoliants. Used twice a day, these help to diminish stretch marks quite rapidly. Here’s a favorite of ours that shows promising results!
Do you have stubborn stretch marks? What natural remedies have helped you? Tell us in the comments!
Christine Wright is a trusted beauty expert and an esthetician who is loved by editors and bloggers. She is a prolific writer on the topics of natural, chemical-free skin and body care. She also does reviews on store brand beauty products, with fairness and a real point-of-view. She is well-known of creating products for specific skin types, especially to those with ultra-sensitive faces.
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One of the natural ingredients that I used myself is the Aloe Vera. I may try in the future the Cocoa Butter to boost the treatment a little bit. Thanks Christine for this great article.