The human skin is made of elastin, which can be considered a soft elastic tissue. It is supple, soft, and stretchable but does have its limits. Sudden weight gain or pregnancy can put additional weight on the skin, and compromise the elasticity. When this happens, thick purple or red lines can appear on the surface, and these are known as stretch marks. As time goes on they do fade away and become white, but taking action will help to remove the stretch marks altogether. Below are 5 natural ways to get rid of stretch marks.
This should be repeated every day for a month and can be used twice a day at first.
- 2 to 3 apricots
- Lukewarm water, enough to wash off the area of skin affected.
To make the mask, cut the apricots open and remove the seeds. Crush the fruit to render a paste. Apply the apricot paste to the area with stretch marks. Leave this on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wash it off with the warm water. Do this once per day until the marks start to fade.
Aloe Vera is known to repair human skin with plant collagen. When possible, use fresh gel taken from the leaves and not store purchase gel.
To render the gel, De-thistle the leaf of the plant and remove the external skin. Remove the sticky gel from the inner portion of the leaf. Apply the fresh aloe gel to the stretch marks. Leave this on for about two hours, then wash it off with warm water.
- 1/2 teaspoon of lavender oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of chamomile oil
- 2 teaspoons of almond oil. This can be substituted with another carrier oil like avocado oil or jojoba oil.
To make the mixture, mix the lavender and chamomile oils with the carrier oil that is being utilized. Be sure to mix them well. Apply the oil mixture to the stretch marks on a daily basis. Ideally, this would be done 3 to 4 times a day.
DIY Cocoa Shea Butter Cream
- 2 teaspoons of cocoa butter
- 2 teaspoons of Shea butter
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
Melt the Shea and cocoa butter. Add the vitamin E oil into the melted butters. Mix this well. Store in a container with a lid. The cream will form a solid once it has cooled off. To use the cream, apply the butter onto the skin. The butter melts when it comes in contact with the skin. Apply the cream twice a day, especially after showering.
- 1 teaspoon alfalfa powder
- A few drops of chamomile oil
Thoroughly mix the alfalfa powder with the chamomile oil. Apply this paste to the area affected with stretch marks. Leave this on for 15 minutes, and then wash off with water. Ideally this should be done three times a day.
When home remedies are proving not to work with especially stubborn stretch marks, some have opted for RejuvaliteMD. This treatment—developed by NASA — is a strategically shaped lamp that gives off infrared lights, going deep into the skin. It increases collagen production, reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and scars and helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.