Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Home remedies for treating stretch marks

Hello beauties!

Here's something a lot of people struggle with. And having just had a baby, this is a topic close to my heart!!

You see, when your stomach expands during the pregnancy (especially near the end when you suddenly balloon like crazy), your skin stretches to its limit. The result is some pretty ugly stretch marks. Some women are lucky and don't get them at all, some are left with the fine, white variety, while the unlucky ones (including me, but it's not me in the pic) are left with thick, purple or red marks.

Don't think stretch marks only come from pregnancy though! Weight loss, genetics and hormones (ugh, hormones...) can cause it too. It can appear basically anywhere on your body, but most people struggle with these marks on their stomachs, butts, thighs, hips and bust. You know, everywhere you DON'T want them. :P And don't think if you're a guy you won't get it! Men and women are affected, as well as any ethnicity. If you've got skin, you can get stretch marks!!

Luckily there are ways to treat this. You can go see a professional beauty consultant and pay for sessions to repair the skin, with very successful and noticeable results. But you can also do some things at home to lighten the appearance of the stretch marks. Though they'll never disappear completely, they can become very difficult to see.

Here are some remedies I found online.

* Vitamin E oil or Bio Oil
I've personally been using this one, and I can testify that it works. You simply massage the oil into your skin twice a day. I've been doing it for about eight weeks now and I can already see results. Some of the smaller marks have gone much lighter in colour, while the thicker marks have started to lighten along the edges. You can also try olive oil.

* Cocoa Butter
This is another remedy I've been using (I use Palmer's cocoa butter. They're cruelty free and have a range of products for pregnant women and new mothers.). You gently massage the skin using the cocoa butter, the same as you would do with vitamin e oil. I use the cocoa butter a few times during the day, whenever I remember to apply it.

* Castor Oil
Castor oil can be used in many ways to beautify yourself. Remember the castor oil hair growth treatment? It works. Apply the castor oil in circular motions to the affected areas.

* Coffee
Use this as an exfoliator. You can mix finely ground coffee into a paste by mixing it with water or vitamin e oil. Apply the paste to the stretch marks using circular motions and let it dry (some people recommend sleeping with the mixture on the skin), before washing it off with lukewarm water. Remember to apply some moisturiser after doing this! I mixed my coffee with castor oil, which worked fine. Just remember that while you smell great, this is VERY MESSY.

* Aloe Vera
This is one of those things you can use for almost any skin ailment. Apply it to the skin and massage it in, or mix it with vitamin e oil for optimal results.

* Lemon Juice
A well known bleaching agent, lemon juice can be used to fade most scars. Massage onto the affected area in circular motions and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

* Potato Juice
Here's one you didn't see coming! But potatoes are rich in minerals and vitamins which accelerate cell production in skin (and hair!!). Slice the potato into thick pieces and rub the slices on the skin for around 15 minutes. Let the juice dry and wash it off with water. Do this twice daily for the best results.

* Egg Whites
 Another popular skin treatment! But did you know the egg whites can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars? Take the whites from two eggs and whip them up. Wash the skin with water before applying the whites to the skin, and let the egg sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Apply moisturiser to the skin after doing this.

You can check out these links for more home remedies!

I hope this helps you! If you've got some successful home remedies for stretch marks. please share them with me in the comments. I'll be happy to try and share them too.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


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