Although stretch marks almost never cause any significant health problem, they can be annoying and make you feel too self-conscious and self-aware of them.
And the most nagging part of all this? It seems that we can hardly get rid of them. Also known as striae distensae, stretch marks plague both women and men alike.
What You Need to Know About Stretch Marks
They are your body’s natural response to stretched skin. Stretch marks can pop up on any of the following areas:
There are a few reasons why you may find yourself covered in stretch marks. Most often, they are caused by:
- Increased cortisol secretion
- A sudden change of body mass
- Taking medications like corticosteroids
Although there is no official treatment for completely removing stretch marks, there are natural remedies that can greatly diminish their appearance.
Golden Tips for Minimizing Stretch Marks
Drinking sufficient amounts of water is vital when it comes down to the health of your skin.
The best way to make sure you are hydrated is by checking the color of your urine.
Unless you have a medical condition or take medication that changes the color of your urine, then the chart below will be of help to you.
Also, if you haven’t urinated in several hours, it may be an indication that you are not drinking enough water.
The healthiest way to maintain a constant weight is by eating a balanced diet.
You should also stock up on Vitamin E which helps preserve the collagen found in your skin (the substance that keeps your skin elastic).
So eat more of the following:
- Almonds. 23 almonds/day
- Spinach. 1 bunch
- Sweet Potato. 1-2 sweet potatoes
- Avocado. 1 fruit
- Wheat germ. 1 ounce
- Sunflower seeds. 2 tablespoons
- Palm Oil. 1 tablespoon
No matter how much some of you dread to do it, exercise keeps your skin taut, your weight in check, and makes you feel better.
The Best Anti-Stretch Mark Remedies
One of the best, dermatologist-approved treatment for stretch marks is without a doubt – massage.
By massaging the skin in a circular motion (with oil on the fingers to reduce friction) is helpful in boosting the skin’s production of collagen and elastin.
Thus making it appear healthier and youthful.
Not to mention the mental benefits – the soothing sensation relaxes the mind and the body.
Coconut Oil Luxury
You might know by now that coconut oil is very healthy and versatile.
Due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, you can safely use it as a:
- Makeup remover
- Facial cleanser
- Body scrub (mixed with grounded coffee or sugar)
- Ingredient in soaps
To kick-start the healing process of your stretch marks, then switching from commercialized products to coconut oil is the best thing you can do.
Tips: You can also use other oils like Argan oil and Shea butter.
Natural Essential Oils
Pamper yourself each day with essential oils that not only bring you an amazing feeling of relaxation but also make stretch marks slowly disappear.
I recommend you to use:
Don’t forget to dilute the oils with carrier oils in a ratio of 2:1 before applying them to the skin.
Otherwise, they could cause you a rash or burns.
Aloe Vera Bliss
Mother nature has been kind enough to gift us with this incredible healing herb that has numerous properties like:
So, if you want to make your stretch marks less visible, massage fresh gel of Aloe Vera stalks into the desired area.
You should do this twice daily and soon you’ll observe how your stretch marks start to fade away.
Lemon Juice Madness
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is your new partner in crime.
Due to its bleaching and whitening properties, your stretch marks will disappear in no time.
And wait, that’s not all, because lemons are rich in Vitamin C, it also boosts the production of collagen – making your skin more elastic.
All you need to do is apply the juice to your stretch marks and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with cold water.
The Sugar Retreat
No, I won’t recommend you to eat it but I will recommend you to use it as a homeopathic microdermabrasion method.
What does that mean?
Microdermabrasion is essentially a scrub that helps the skin exfoliate and rid you of dead cells.
You can do that at a dermatologist or you can rub a sugar scrub on your skin to make your stretch marks fade.
The Anti-Stretch Mark Mixture
- One cup sugar
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil (or almond oil)
- Lemon juice
Make sure that the final consistency is of wet beach sand.
Now all you have to do is to rub the mixture on your stretch marks for about 8-10 minutes in the shower.
Repeat the procedure 3 to 4 times a week.
A Final Word On Stretch Marks
I know many people who feel very uncomfortable because of them and I always tell them this.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer and acknowledging that the piece is far more precious.
You should treat your stretch marks in the same way.
They show how your skin adapted and changed to your shape.
It shows your battles and they should be accepted and loved.
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To your health!