The Seven Easiest And Most Natural Ways To Combat Stretch Marks
Last updated on : July 21 2018
Loving Your Stretch Marks
Whether we admit it or not, we always want to look our very best.
Humans are naturally stimulated by what they perceive through the eyes. Since we quickly analyze things based on what we see, we want to present our best. Not to make a good impression, but to be respectable to people and ourselves.
Stretch marks often get in the way of our perceptions, leaving us insecure in the way we look and feel. We know they shouldn't, but they still do, and often we can't help it.
We are firm believers in loving our flaws. However, sometimes having a mechanism to deal directly with our insecurities helps. It calms us.
So we pulled together seven natural remedies to help us fight the battle stretch marks cause in our minds and on our bodies. Pamper yourself with them and feel good about your body because no matter how many marks and scars it might have it is still beautiful.
Why Do We Have Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks (also known as striae gravidarum) refer to the visible lines that you see on the skin surface. Most commonly on the abdominal wall, buttocks, breasts, and thighs. They can cover large areas of the body.
Stretching the skin too much is their primary cause, usually through pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, heredity factors, rapid growth, stress or any severe changes in your physical condition.
If you remember a basic lesson in science, there are three primary layers that our skin has: the Dermis (the middle layers), the Epidermis (the outer layer) and the Hypodermic (the most buried layer).
Stretching the connective tissue beyond its limits causes stretch marks to form in the middle layer (the dermis) of the skin. Over time these become visible on the outside initially as thin or fine lines.
At the start, these stretch marks appear in pink and red, but over time develop into silvery looking lines. In essence, they are scars caused by the rapid expansion of the skin.
Some people don’t mind rocking their bikinis while putting their stretch marks on the display. Others, however, are more self-conscious and less keen to display them.
Top Seven Ways To Combat Stretch Marks
If you prefer to address your stretch marks, here are seven tried and tested ways to reduce their appearance.
1. Plant-Based Oils
There’s a saying that goes, “If you have it, flaunt it!”. It’s not about bragging that you have a banging body but celebrating the body that you have.
However, if you feel insecure about celebrating your form because of stretch marks, the power of a plant-based oil might be able to help you. Two of the best are Argan Oil and Olive Oil
Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is exclusive to Morocco. The oil contains high levels of oleic (omega 9) and linoleic (omega 6) fatty acids plus high levels of vitamin A, D and E. These ingredients reduce skin inflammation, increase moisture levels and improve permeability, reducing the impact of stretch marks.
Some argon oils are made exclusively for culinary purposes. So it is better to find a good argan oil specially for the skin. You can do this by reading product reviews, labels and doing your research.
Alternatively, try olive oil which contains high levels of antioxidants and nutrients that help improve skin problems, including stretch marks.
Apply either of these oils directly on the affected skin area rubbing in gently. Leave on for half an hour or more to make sure the skin absorbs all the vitamins and nutrients in them.
The key to seeing results is consistency. Make time to do this every day for long-lasting and better results.
Everyone wants to get more supple and firmer skin and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to achieve it.
Water restores the skin’s elasticity which is excellent when it comes to reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Health professionals recommend 8-10 glasses of water per day. Some experts recommend drinking a total number of ounces per day — half of your weight in lbs for instance. So if you’re 160 lbs, you must drink 80 oz. of water every single day.
Nevertheless, it’s essential to keep your body well hydrated to protect your skin from environmental hazards and help it detoxify.
If you drink enough water, you will start to notice your skin soften, that is because H20 molecules help in maintaining your skin’s elasticity.
Avoid soda and coffee as these don't have the same impact as water, add too much sugar to your diet, and can cause low levels of dehydration. There is no substitute for good old plain water when it comes to benefits for your skin.
3. Castor Oil
Another natural treatment that diminishes the appearance of stretch marks is castor oil.
Castor oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the Ricinus Communis plant. We use it as a treatment for skin problems like age spots, dark spots, fine lines, pimples, wrinkles, moles, and stretch marks.
If you have some castor oil at home, you can use it immediately.
Gently massage the area in circular motions for around 5-10 minutes with the oil. Then wrap with a thin cotton cloth. Using a hot water bottle or a heating pad, apply light heat for 30 to 60 minutes to stimulate blood circulation.
As with all these treatments, repeat daily for best results.
4. Aloe Vera
One of the most natural and easy ways to get rid of stretch marks is with the use of Aloe Vera.
The gel from an Aloe plant is known to have healing and soothing properties. And it’s not that difficult to use.
Either extract the gel directly from the plant by breaking open a leaf and rubbing directly on your skin. Or purchase an Aloe Vera gel or lotion.
Apply the gel on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Try mixing 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel with ten vitamin E capsules and five vitamins A capsules. This mixture is to fasten the results by combining powerful vitamins and nutrients.
Rub the mixture onto your skin until it is fully absorbed and repeat the process daily for the best results.
5. Egg Whites
Isn’t it a coincidence? Almost all of the natural ingredients that help you get rid of stretch marks are found right in the comfort of your kitchen.
Fitness personalities talk about eggs being an excellent source of protein and amino acids, and yes that is true. These two ingredients are most prevalent in the egg whites, and so we use just the whites to treat stretch marks.
Whip the whites from two eggs with a fork. Clean the affected area with water then lather up a thick layer of egg white with your hands and apply it directly. Let it dry then rinse off with cold water.
Afterward, apply some olive or argan oil on the skin to keep it moisturized. Repeat every day for at least three weeks, to see positive results.
6. Lemon Juice
The lemon is a naturally acidic fruit that helps heal and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and other scars like acne.
Rub fresh lemon juice on the affected area in circular motions allowing the liquid to soak into your skin. Massage for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Or try combining the juices from cucumber and lemon and apply the mixture in the same way. As always repeat daily for lasting results.
If you have natural white sugar in your kitchen, use it to battle your stretch marks and exfoliate your skin.
Mix a half cup of sugar with water to make a loose sugary paste. Apply to the affected area leaving on for a few minutes then rinse off.
This treatment improves the elasticity of your skin by stimulating the production of collagen. Use it regularly, at least three to four times a week for proper effect.
These are seven of our favorite natural and easy to apply remedies for stretch marks. Follow the links in each section for more detail on their benefits, why they work and their application.
Remember, to see fast and positive results, choose one of these therapies and apply them with consistency. At least daily for some weeks. If necessary, rotate through the treatments until you find one that works for you.
If you're a busy professional, treat yourself at night after work. Or wake an hour early and perform the remedy before you shower and get ready for the day.
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