Stretch marks are a major concern for women all over the world. Stretch marks are actually scar tissues which are formed whenever the skin experienced rapid growth. One of the major causes responsible for these unsightly lines is pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the skin around your stomach stretches to accommodate the growing fetus. The tearing of connective tissue results in purple colored ridges that are visible from the surface. After delivery, even if you work your butt off in the gym and lose every single ounce of baby weight, you are still left with zebra stripes all up and down your belly.
However, there are several other factors that cause the formation of stretch marks on various parts of the body. Weight fluctuations among teenagers due to hormonal imbalance and sudden weight gain or weight loss also result in the appearance of purplish lines on the skin surface.
Stretch marks can appear on various parts of the human body like arms, stomach, calves and even breasts. Over a period of time, these stretch marks fade away without treatment. There are several natural measures that can handle your stretch marks issues.
Aloe Vera is an age-long and one of the most natural healing agents. This is due to the fact that many studies link some of the active compounds in the plant with an increase in the production of fibroblast cells. Fibroblasts help in the formation of collagen, which in turn heals the skin tissue. Aloe Vera helps in healing the damaged skin and reducing any scar tissues. Aloe Vera not just cures and removes stretch marks, but they also prevent them from appearing again.
Coffee grinds with olive oil
Take some grounded coffee beans and mix them with a small amount of olive oil to form a paste. Massage this paste into a problematic section of your skin for about five minutes. Coffee grinds help in exfoliation of the skin, and stimulates your skin to produce new cells. Olive oil moisturizes and softens your skin. Apply this paste thrice in a week to notice visible changes.
Another effective remedy for fading the appearance of the marks is cocoa butter. Gently applying cocoa butter or Shea butter in to your skin two or three times in a day will moisturize your dry skin and help stretch marks to fade away.
You can also prepare your own stretch marks removal paste using cocoa butter. Mix half a cup of cocoa butter with one tablespoon of wheat germ oil, two teaspoons of grated beeswax and one teaspoon each of apricot kernel oil and vitamin E oil. Heat this mixture until the beeswax melts. Apply this mixture on stretch marks daily to get effective results. You can store this mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Another naturally healing agent that can cure stretch marks is vitamin E. Alpha-tocopherol is the most effective type of vitamin E that protects the skin from experiencing tears and stretches. Vitamin E repairs the layers of the skin and promotes cell regeneration. You can use topical applications, including vitamin E based creams or lotions, and also consume in the form of vitamin E tablets.
Eggs are rich in protein. Application of egg whites is known to help in the removal of stretch marks. For removal of stretch marks, the use of only egg white is recommended, which contains amino acids and proteins. To apply egg whites, first, whip the whites of a couple of eggs.
Then clean the area which has stretch marks with water and applies a thin paste of egg whites with the help of a makeup brush. Let the egg whites dry and then clean the area with cold water. Follow it up with the application of olive oil to keep the skin moisturized. For positive results, try this method twice a week.
Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, which is extremely vital for the good health of skin and it also helps in removing stretch marks. Apply almond oil on the affected area and massage the area. Repeat this process every night and leave the oil overnight.
The above-mentioned remedies are simple, inexpensive and easy to use. Along with the above mentioned natural ingredients, do not neglect the importance of healthy eating and staying hydrated- it will also help you fight stretch marks naturally.