They happen. You may have recently given birth to a new, precious little baby. As you settle back into a normal routine and lose the pregnancy weight, there are certain things that aren’t going away. Or maybe it was a rough winter with a little too much good cooking and not enough exercise, and voila – they appear: stretch marks. They don’t make you any less beautiful, but you’d still like to get rid of them. Before rushing out and paying an exorbitant price for a “sure to work cure” that won’t deliver, learn why stretch marks happen, and try these effective natural home remedies.
Why It Happens
Your skin is made up of thousands of elastic fibers that are made to expand and contract as you gain or lose weight. When you gain weight rapidly, though, your skin doesn’t have time to catch up. When under that kind of pressure, the elastic fibers under the surface of your skin break, causing reddish purple lines to appear.
Another common problem similar to stretch marks that people face is a keloid scar. Keloid scars happen when you have an over-zealous healing process. Normally, when you are wounded, your body forms a protective layer of scar tissue over the affected area. When you have keloid scars, your body starts to form scar tissue beyond the original wound – becoming an unnecessary and unwanted nuisance.
What You Can Do
Cocoa butter applied to the affected area is a natural remedy that has been around for ages. It contains natural antioxidants and emollients that soften and calm skin. Apply twice daily, once in the morning and once before bed. This is also a great preventative measure – apply to your breasts, abdomen and thighs during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks later.
Shea butter, massaged into your skin daily for two weeks, is also a great remedy. The massaging motion is great in itself because it improves circulation and promotes new tissue growth to repair the damage. You may also try a combination of Shea butter, olive oil, and almond oil. This combination can be effective at reducing stretch marks.
Aloe vera has healing properties that help to repair scarring, thus helping it disappear. Try a mixture of aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil and olive oil for an unbeatable concoction. Also check out more amazing uses for aloe vera in this article.
Atlas Scar Gel is a unique topical anhydrous silicone base that contains oil from the Pracaxi tree found in the Amazon rainforest. Pracaxi oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Great for those looking for a specific treatment for stretch marks and keloid scars.
Lavender oil, almond oil, olive oil, emu oil, rosehip oil, vitamin E oil, and flaxseed oil are all considered excellent remedies in the fight against stretch marks. Any of these oils, used on their own or in conjunction with another, will be highly beneficial to your skin.
Make your own apricot scrub. Just combine two apricots with 6 tablespoons of almond oil and apply twice daily on a regular basis.
Drink lots of water. You probably feel inundated with this recommendation, but it’s especially helpful when trying to get rid of stretch marks. When your body is hydrated, it helps to maintain and even reestablish the elasticity of your skin.
If you do choose to buy a moisturizing cream, look for one with vitamin A (for metabolic stimulation of skin), vitamin C (to help repair connective tissue), vitamin E (to add to the elasticity and firmness of skin), and vitamin K (to promote skin repair and diminishes the appearance of scars). The combination of vitamin C and K in particular will help to build new skin over the marks.
A great natural product that contains all of these and more is Restiva. All of its ingredients are listed, so you can rest easy, knowing you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin. Read more about it here. Restiva is an excellent product for anti-aging and general skin health.
You want to look and feel your best, which is why you put so much effort into taking care of your skin and eating healthy. What you should know though, is that what you put on your skin can affect other areas as well. Look at this short presentation and find out how your body is affected by what you put on it.
- 10 Commonly Accepted Nutrition Facts – BUSTED! (atlasdrugandnutrition.com)
- Restiva – Your Skin’s New Best Friend (atlasdrugandnutrition.com)
- 6 Reasons Why Aloe Vera Should be a Part of Your Beauty Routine (atlasdrugandnutrition.com)
- The Surprising Link Between Skin Health and Your Gut (atlasdrugandnutrition.com)