Stretch mark (translucent, scar-like streaks on your skin) becomes evident when it is prompt by childbearing, rapid weight loss or gain. To make room for the expansion, the skin is overstretched and result to reddish, purplish inflammation. Dense collagen and elastic fibres come into the structure to allow recoil after transitory stretching, gradually maturing into white, hard cellulite surface. Though benign in nature, most people can be overtly conscious of their presence around the arms, chest, belly, lower backs, thighs, hips, and bottoms.
During pregnancy to breastfeeding progression, women experience size rollercoaster on their tummy and their breasts. Making room for the baby means having to compromise drastic bodily changes (hello, back aches and constipation!) including continual tugging and stretching on the tummy, thighs, and chests. That’s an honourable thing to put up with, dear you!
You need not sweat it, mama, we’ve all been there. It’s hard to accept it sometimes, but we’re in this together! To counter these dreary marks, try the few listed safe yet effective remedies to improve their appearance on your skin.
Potatoes are well-known for their ability to minimize dark spots and, eyebags and stretch marks. In addition, potato peel and juice are believed to minimise burn scars. To prepare, grate a potato and extract its juicy essence. Mix the juice with the grated pulp and apply the pack over the desired spot. Let it dry for half an hour and wash off. Regular application of potato juice will give you a spotless, glowing skin and conceal those stretch marks.
Because of its superior property, argan oil has been prominent for its exceptional uses in culinary, cosmetic, and medical field. Highly nourishing compounds such as fatty acids, vitamin A & E that helps boost skin health and elasticity, keep those lines in check by rubbing in some argan oil. It helps to mend broken tissues and gradually diminish the visibility of stretch marks.
Aloe vera is a natural soothe n’ heal treatment for skin regeneration. It is anti-inflammatory and heal burns, rashes and irritation over time. Limited clinical evidence suggests its effectiveness but it’s worth a shot, nonetheless. Scoop out the fresh gel once the outer leaf is removed. Get creative by mixing in virgin coconut oil or Vitamin E capsule for bonus and massage onto the area and leave on for 20-30 minutes.
When it comes to repairing damaged cells, egg white works wonders on the skin. Thanks to the high protein and amino acids, it helps lighten the marks while also tightening the area around it. Whisk the whites till foamy and coat it over the stretch mark. Rinse off once it dries and apply some moisturizer on after and voilà, you should yield optimal results in just a month or two.
Sugar is a renowned natural exfoliant and rejuvenator for the skin. The granulated grains work excellently to scrub away dead skin cells around the stretch mark, making it fade slightly. Create a sugar + lemon juice + almond oil mix to form a sugar scrub. Apply it to the stretch marks and rub it in for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water, follow this routine daily for best results.
Virgin coconut oil is the purest form of natural healer and best for skin hydration. It can be added to your skin care regime and even for daily consumption! (note: seek for alternative choices if you are allergic to coconut). Coconut Oil is extracted to retain its distinct, tropical scent. Using it with other emollients (products that smooth your skin like aloe vera, shea butter, etc.) after bath will re-establish the skins natural microbial and acid barrier faster. Apply regularly to reduce stretch marks faster and bring back smoother appearance.
While it is questionable to completely banish them from sight, you can reduce the chances of getting these marks. Within 6 to 12 months, these marks tend to become less visible if you’ve been taking good care of your skin and health. Take note to:
Monitor your weight level. Gain and lose weight slowly and steadily. Avoid “crash diet” or the conventional wisdom of “eating for two” when pregnant.
Treat fresh stretch marks when they appear, Massaging the affected areas with the remedies recommended.
Keep your skin moisturized. Apply creams containing vitamin A, C and E as they help repair skin tissue and promote strong, elastic skin.
Practise exfoliation occasionally to scrub away the old and in with the new batch of skin.
Get the adequate amount of Zinc-rich
Hydrate whenever possible. Water consumption is, needless to say, essential for everyday life.
If you can’t totally prevent stretch marks on your skin, you can work to minimize their appearance, so they aren’t as noticeable in the long run.
By: Jace Lynn