Have you ever faced a situation where you could not wear a particular dress as it revealed your stretch marks? I am sure most of us have. They are not only common and ugly but also embarrassing. No matter how healthy and beautiful your skin is. Stretch marks can spoil it all in seconds and mar your self confidence as well. So the first question that comes to mind is how come they are so common.
The biology behind stretch marks is that they occur as the skin grows to spread over the growing body mass. This is why most of us develop them in our growing years i.e. teens. Pregnant women are very susceptible to these marks on stomach, abdomen and lower back. It is common amongst Obese people as well. Stretch marks are basically thin scarring on the body with the colour which may range from red to whitish silver.
Easy Home Remedies For Stretch Marks
Vitamin E helps in maintaining and rejuvenating skin and Hair. Almond oil is an extremely rich source of Vitamin E. Regular use of this oil can restore the skin where you have stretch marks by covering them eventually. It also moistens the skin and reduce the itching that usually comes as a package with stretch marks! Another way of using almond oil or almond is to prepare and exfoliate your skin with it. Coarsely grind almonds and mix with 2-3 teaspoons of almond oil and exfoliate over the affected area. This will reduce the visibility of stretch marks. Another exfoliate you can prepare is by mixing almond oil in a table spoon of granular sugar.
Honey is a natural moisturiser and does not create oiliness even amongst people who have an oily skin. Honey works beautifully if exfoliated on the stretch marks. Take a table spoon of granulated sugar and mix it with honey. This mixture should have a gel like consistency.
Apply this on your stretch marks and rub gently for about 5 minutes. Wash off with water. This exfoliate will not only reduce the stretch marks but also cellulite that you might be having under your skin.
No I am not going to put a coffee recipe for you to drink here! But a recipe of a great exfoliate for those stretch marks. As mentioned in the feature earlier, exfoliation is a very effective way of reducing the stretch marks, so continuing the same here is an exfoliate made of coffee.
Take some oil preferably vitamin E oil and add a spoon of ground coffee in it. You can also use olive oil if you do not have Vitamin E oil. This will make your skin elastic and gradually the stretch marks will disappear.
Brush Them Away
Just like exfoliation, brushing the area with stretch marks is also an effective remedy. There are two ways of doing it. One is dry brushing and other is scrub brushing. Lets discuss dry brushing. In dry brushing you basically take a soft body brush and rub it gently over the stretch marks without using any smoothening agent. If you have a sensitive skin this method is best not used.
The brush strokes will remove the dead cells and cellulite gradually and lower the visibility of the stretch marks. On the other hand scrub brushing can be used by anyone. Apply any of the aforementioned exfoliates and scrubs on the brush or the skin and begin brushing. Ideally you should not brush your skin for more than 3-4 minutes as it can peel the skin off and worsen the condition.
Aloe Vera is known for its moisturising properties. It also provides skin with suppleness and makes it tight while preserving the elasticity. You can use it multiple times in a day as it has no side effects or odour. Apply Aloe Vera gel directly on the marks and spread it profusely.
Alternatively you can create a scrub by mixing some granulated sugar in it and exfoliating gently. Carry the gel with you and apply after every 3-4 hours for best results as Aloe Vera is very mild and suited to sensitive skin.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed has properties that boost the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is found in the connective tissue of all animals and human beings. Consumption and application of this fruit and its extract can build up the skin over scarring of stretch marks.
In fact grapefruit seed extract is an active ingredient in many of the over the counter commercial products available for skin rejuvenation. This is also known to reduce blemishes and marks on the skin. Regular massage with this extract will speed up the process of stretch marks removal and also reduce the chances of them occurring on the other body parts.
Wheat Germ And Cocoa Butter Rub
Wheat germ oil is a key ingredient in lots of anti-stretch creams. In fact its use is recommended right from the onset of pregnancy. You can prepare your own skin rub using equal part Wheat germ oil and cocoa butter. Both of these ingredients increase the production of collagen and therefore repair the skin. The moisture content is quite high in this rub and therefore it relieves you from the itching and provide the skin with supple softness.
This elasticity controls and contains the appearance of stretch marks on the body while slowly healing the existing ones. Patience and persistence is the key for reduction in the stretch marks. Try these remedies at least for a month in regular fashion to judge the results. It is also important to accept that complete disappearance of stretch marks is quite difficult to achieve, however, you can definitely reduce their visibility by regularly following some of the remedies discussed here.
Home remedies are more preferable way as the medical remedies that include removal by laser can cost you a fortune. And if you are one of those who gains weight rapidly and suddenly or are planning for subsequent pregnancy then stretch marks may appear again making the whole laser procedure a waste of money and time.