7 Home Remedies to get rid of Stretch Marks
Sudden gaining of weight or losing a large amount of weight suddenly or a pregnancy will stretch and then shrink the skin, leaving you behind with stretch marks. These tend to reddish or purplish streaks that appear on the tummy area, the breast area, the thigh area and the upper arm area predominantly. Having stretch marks will make you feel a little low on confidence, more so when you have always been used to smooth skin.
There are many creams and lotions being sold for this problem and they also provide some relief but the since they are chemical based it may not be advisable to use these in the long run. Here are some home remedies that you can get from your home and garden:
- Drink more water: Water is one thing that is essential to ensure all the systems in the body including skin are healthy. Ensure that you are well hydrated by consuming 8-10 glasses of water on a daily basis.
- Massage with a paste: Mix together a single ounce of avocado, some almond or olive oil, Jojoba, 6 drops of chamomile oil, eight drops of lavender oil, four tablespoons of aloe vera and some sugar. Mix well and gently massage on the skin daily.
- Scrubs made of natural ingredients: You can gently scrub out the areas using ingredients that will act as natural scrub. You could use oatmeal or apricot for this. Or a body scrub made of lemon is also really good. After a scrub you can massage the area with baby oils that are enriched with Vitamin E.
- Consume a diet that is packed with vitamins: Ensure that you have a diet that is rich in minerals and vitamins. This will ensure that antioxidants are more and some of the properties that produce collagen will help in revival of the skin to its former glory. Many gynecologists also recommend diets that consists of rich sources of Vitamins A, C, D3, E and also folic acids for overall good health of mother and child. When you take a diet that is complete and rich in these factors, it makes the production of collagen fibers and thus contributing to better skin. Vitamin A will help in keeping up high levels of collagen. Vitamin C will help quicken the process of stretch marks to heal. The same way applying vitamin E oil helps externally to stimulate and quicken the production of collagen fibers. A good diet that is skin friendly during and after pregnancy can help with stretch marks. Those who are trying to lose weight also should consider the inclusion of these factors in their diet to ensure that skin does not suffer due to weight loss.
- Genistein: This is a phytoestrogen that can be found in soyabean products like the soy milk, tofu and other things. This is found to be really good in boosting the production of collagen.
- Lutein: This is a yellow pigment that can be found in vegetables and very effective in protecting skin from the damage caused from free radicals. You will find this dark green leafy vegetables, okra, mustard greens, celery, asparagus, turnips, kiwi, avocados, green beans etc. These are good in keeping the skin hydrated and also help keep stretch marks and wrinkles away.
- Coconut oil: Since stretch marks tend to be itchy the inclination is to scratch which results in marks and also slows the process of healing. To alleviate this situation, you may apply coconut oil to the area. Leave it for an hour before you bath and do this daily and you will visible results in a fortnight.