04 Mar 5 Great Home Remedies for Stretch Marks
Despite what some people might want you to believe, no one likes stretch marks. They can be rather unsightly and substantially affect your self-esteem, which is why most women will do everything in their power to get rid of them.
Stretch marks appear as a result of a number of things, including sudden weight gain, pregnancy, genetics, bodybuilding, and even puberty. When collagen, which is the protein responsible for your skin’s elasticity, is inadequate, stretch marks appear on the skin in the form of long, thin, streaked marks.
Here is a fun fact for you: stretch marks are also called ‘striae’. Is it just me or does that sound like some sort of disease or something?
Oh well. Here are five great home remedies that will help you deal with your stretch marks.
Aloe Vera is an amazing little plant that works wonders on stretch marks. It can even prevent their occurrence.
It doesn’t like too much sunshine and can grow quite well in your bathroom window. This is a plus, because having it in the bathroom will help you remember to use it.
To use it, simply extract the gel from the aloe Vera leaves and apply it on the affected parts of your body. Rinse it off after one or two hours. You will still use the same procedure when using it as a preventive measure against stretchmarks.
Aloe Vera acts really fast on stretch marks because it has minerals, enzymes, fatty acid, and vitamins, along with plant collagen that helps improve the elasticity of the skin.
Castor oil is a remarkable natural remedy for stretch marks. It has ricinoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the skin healthy. It also has antibacterial properties that help with the fading process of the stretch marks by keeping bacteria away.
Castor oil works by moisturizing the deep layers of the skin and by preventing bacteria from penetrating the skin, thus keeping your dry stretch marks hydrated and healthy.
When you use castor oil, it boosts elastin and collagen production, which are both important elements that play a role in firming the skin.
For the best results, heat the oil and massage it into your skin while it is still warm. In doing so, it will penetrate deeper into your skin and allow the antioxidants to repair it from the inside out.
Lemon and Cucumber
Pure lemon juice has lots of natural acids, which are great for making scars fade away faster. Cucumber juice, on the other hand, has cooling, soothing effects that refresh the skin. Combining these two together makes for a great remedy for stretch marks.
To use them, simply mix the two juices together in equal measures then apply the solution directly onto your stretch marks until you feel it soak into the skin. Let it sit for ten minutes then rinse it off.
Alternatively, you can use lemon juice alone for its bleaching effect, which will lighten the skin and make the marks less visible.
Egg whites are a popular ingredient in many beauty regimens, and for good reason. They have regenerative properties and will help the skin heal and tighten up once more.
To use them, collect the whites of two eggs and apply them directly on the affected areas of your skin. Let it dry for a while, then rinse it off and apply a natural moisturizer such as olive oil.
For the best results, do this at least three times a week.
Olive oil is an excellent skin conditioner and emollient thanks to its high Vitamin E content.
It has triglycerol and squalene, essential components that hydrate dry and dull skin. This means applying the oil on stretch marks accelerates their healing due to the presence of these healing compounds.
Olive oil also has anti-aging effects, giving it the ability to help keep the skin supple.
For the best results, use extra virgin oil since it doesn’t undergo any chemical treatments, which means all the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are intact.
Here is another great pro tip for using olive oil: be sure to heat the oil before application, then massage it into the skin while it’s still warm to help blood circulate over a larger area.
Stretch marks often appear seemingly out of nowhere. And once you get them, they can stay with you for years, sometimes to the point of making you lose your self-confidence.
These five home remedies have been proven to be very effective in the fight against stretch marks. Just keep in mind that they take time to work and will need to be used consistently to achieve the desired results.
The best part is that since they are all completely natural, you can use two or more of them at the same time if you want!