Tips for decreasing the appearance of stretch marks with natural remedies

Stretch marks are the price that so many women pay for bringing their bundles of joy into the world. If the words stretch marks bother you, then think of them as battle scars. You've earned them. Be proud of them. And now it's time to get rid of them. I've put together some natural remedies for reducing the appearance of your battle scars.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant is one of top healing plants known to humankind. The inner sappy gel of the plant can be used to help heal and regenerate skin tissue. If you are fortunate enough to have an aloe vera plant in your home, then simply cut off a small section of a leaf. Don't worry, as this will not hurt the plant. Then take the fresh inner gel and massage the gel right onto your skin that has the stretch marks. Leave the gel on for about 30 minutes before washing off with warm water. You can also buy aloe vera gel at almost any store that has a beauty or pharmacy section.

Almond Oil

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Almond oil can do wonders for your stretch marks or any part of your skin that you want to make more supple and flexible. The oil contains vitamins E, A, F, B2, and P along with other powerful ingredients. The properties in almond oil can stimulate collagen formation thus improving the texture of your skin. Some people like to buy almond oil that is mixed with other products such as jojoba, wheat seeds, and shea butter along with fragrant essential oils such as lavender and geranium. Whether you choose to apply a mixture of almond oil or apply it alone, you can be assured that the anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties will be working to help lessen the effects of your stretch marks.

Cocoa Butter

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The scent of cocoa butter is one of my favorite smells. To me, it brings back good childhood memories of days on the beach with my parents and family. If you've ever walked across a crowded beach or even a non-crowded beach, but still walked close enough to people, you may smell cocoa butter too. The reason is that many skin care products that people wear when they are in the sun have cocoa butter in them.

The same qualities that cocoa butter has to protect the skin from the sun and heal sunburn, can also help to rejuvenate skin affected by stretch marks. Massage the cocoa butter directly into the skin and let it sit there as long as you'd like. Many people like to apply it before going to bed and then shower it off in the morning. The nice thing about cocoa butter is that you can also leave it on all day because it smells great and doesn't have an oily effect.

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

If you've ever tasted a lemon directly, you know that it is both sour and very acidic. That natural acidity is what can actually help to rejuvenate and heal your stretch marks. Lemon's natural acidic property aids in stripping away dead and dying skin cells while providing moisture that helps hydrate the skin. A pleasant side effect of lemon is that it will leave a cool and soothing feeling on your skin. Lemons also contain alpha hydroxy that aids in stimulating collagen production, while exfoliating the skin at the same time.

Drink Enough Water

The average amount of water in the human body will range from 50-75%. Because we are mostly made up of water, it is important to keep your body well hydrated. Drinking enough water and eating enough water-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables, can help to keep your skin supple. Water also helps the body to perform natural restoration processes such as working on repairing damaged skin areas such as stretch marks.

Sweat Induced by Exercise

Sweat Induced by Exercise

Any daily exercise that makes you sweat can do wonders for your skin including your stretch marks. Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It functions to not only keep your blood and body parts safely inside of you, but it also is made to keep you cool. When you work out, you sweat as a natural cooling process that your body was created to do. That sweat also releases toxins and helps to purify and cleanse the body. In a nutshell, by letting your skin do its job and sweat, you are helping to fix those stretch mark areas in the process.

Egg Whites

Egg Whites

Disclaimer: I love eggs. In fact, I'm overly zealous when I talk about the nutritional properties contained in eggs. In addition to the nutritional properties contained in eggs raised by healthy and happy hens, eggs can also be beneficial when applied directly to your skin.

To apply eggs to your stretch marks, take only the eggs whites. Two egg whites work well. Whisk until soft peaks form. Then use a sponge, piece of clean material or your fingers to apply a thick layer of whipped egg whites to your stretch marks. Let dry completely and then once dry, rinse your skin with cold water. After this procedure, you may want to apply a coat of oil such as olive oil to your stretch mark area to keep it hydrated.

Final Thoughts

Stretch marks can take some time to heal. They probably will never go away completely, but you can greatly lessen the effects by doing some of the treatments I mentioned. There is nothing mentioned here that can hurt you unless you have an allergy to one of the ingredients. While you are trying to help reduce your stretch marks by practicing these tips, other parts of your body will also benefit. Especially with the drinking water, sweating, and exercising tips. I wish you the best in lessening the sight of your stretch marks.

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Sarah Palmer
 

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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