Stretch marks are small marks that appear on the skin after the skin is damaged through sudden weight gain or a growth spurt. It is common for stretch marks to appear after puberty or following pregnancy. Some people are lucky, and find that the stretch marks fade over time without them having to do anything, but for others, even once the baby weight is a distant memory, the stretch marks will remain. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and to encourage them to fade. Let’s take a look at three of the most effective ways of banishing stretch marks once and for all.
Egg whites contain proteins which can help your skin to repair itself. Apply egg white directly to your skin three times a day to help the stretch marks fade. You can use the remainder of the egg white for a face mask too, for the ultimate beauty treatment!
Olive oil is another great stretch mark treatment. In fact, olive oil is good for your skin in general. If you are pregnant, you can use olive oil on your skin during pregnancy to keep it supple and help to prevent stretch marks before they appear. If you already have stretch marks, apply olive oil twice a day to help rejuvenate your skin. The oil is rich in vitamin E, which helps to repair damaged skin tissue and soften your skin, filling out the stretch marks. Add a little olive oil to your diet to improve your heart health too.
If you don’t like olive oil, coconut oil or coconut butter can have similar effects, and it smells much nicer too! Castor oil is another affordable alternative which has been found to be effective, but olive oil is widely regarded to be the best and most versatile choice, and it is something that most people have in their homes already.
Aloe vera is a gentle treatment that nourishes your skin and helps with stretch marks and other blemishes. It is gentle enough that it can be used daily, and it can be used to both prevent the appearance of stretch marks and banish them if they appear. Aloe Vera is found in a lot of cosmetics and creams, and it is an effective natural remedy.
Preventing Stretch Marks
Taking good care of your skin during puberty or pregnancy can reduce the likelihood of you getting stretch marks. Another common cause of stretch marks is yo-yo dieting. Your skin is quite resilient and is generally capable of shrinking and growing as you gain and lose weight, but rapid changes can be quite difficult for it to cope with and as you get older your skin will lose some of its elasticity. Rather than yo-yo dieting, if you want to lose a few pounds try to do so slowly, and stick to a healthy lifestyle so that you do not re-gain the weight you have lost.
Other Options for Beating Stretch Marks
If the above natural ways to get rid of stretch marks don’t work for you, then there are other options. You can purchase creams that contain rejuvenating agents which will fill out your skin and promote healing, and there are several innovative new light and laser therapies which can remove some of the pigmentation from the stretch marks. These treatments are long-lasting and effective, but they can be expensive. Try the natural stretch mark cures first before you pay a lot of money for more drastic therapies.
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