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Stretch marks are indented streaks that often appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs. Over time they become less noticeable. Stretch marks are particularly common in pregnant women, especially during the last trimester and sometimes in chubby people. Stretch marks appear as red or purple lines that are slightly raised initially. They turn white or silver and become flat and shiny, over time. Women are more prone to stretch marks than men, and they usually develop on the breasts, buttocks, hips, stomach, thighs and upper arms.

Stretch marks seem to be caused by a stretching of the skin. Their severity is affected by several factors, including your genetic tendency, degree of stress on the skin and cortisone level. Cortisone, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, weaken elastic fibers in the skin.

Treatment can make stretch marks fade, but it won’t completely remove them. Stretch marks aren’t painful or harmful, but some people feel distressed about the way they make their skin look and this affects their self-esteem.

The following oils can be used to fade stretch marks

  • Essential oil
  • Almond oil
  • Shea butter
  • Bitter orange oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Argan oil
  • Lavender oil

The under listed methods are also great ways to get rid of stretch marks.

Sugar and lemon scrub

What you need

  • Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Almond oil or any essential oil

Procedure

  • Mix one cup sugar with 1/2 drops of almond oil or any essential oil and mix.
  • Add some lemon juice.
  • Scrub the mixture on the part of your body where the stretch marks are.
  • Rub the mixture and leave for 8-10 minutes.
  • Repeat several times a week while in the shower.

Stretch Mark Cream

This recipe contains no parabens or artificial fragrances. Apply this soothing stretch mark butter two or three times a day to the belly, breasts, and any visible mama marks.

What you need

  • ½ cup raw cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup raw shea butter
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons rose-hip seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 20 drops geranium, lavender, and/or frankincense essential oil

Procedure

  • In a double boiler, gently melt the cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil until combined.
  • Pour into a glass container and cool to room temperature.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until butter starts to solidify (about an hour).
  • Remove from fridge and whip with an immersion blender until the texture is similar to whipped cream.
  • Pour into a glass container, seal tightly, and store in a cool, dark place. (The lotion will further harden.)
  • Apply to belly and breasts as needed

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a rich source of water, which helps in keeping the skin hydrated and eliminate the stretch marks. The anti-oxidants present in aloe vera also play a big role in stretch marks treatment. They help in repairing the damaged skin cells as well as promotes new cell growth, which gradually helps in lightening the appearance of stretch marks.

What you need

  • Aloe vera
  • Vitamin E oil or glycerin

Procedure

  • Cut open one fresh aloe vera leaf and extract the gel from inside.
  • Apply the fresh aloe vera gel on the stretch marks.
  • Rub it gently for couple of minutes and then leave it on the skin until it gets absorbed.
  • Rinse off with luke warm water.
  • Repeat daily.
  • You can add few drops of glycerin as well as vitamin E oil to the aloe vera if you want.

 

 
 
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