Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How To Get Rid Of Your Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are very common among women. Whenever we gain weight quickly due to growth spurts, pregnancy, or just by eating badly and not working out. This sudden weight gain causes the development of fine lines on our bodies which are known as stretch marks. Stretch marks also happen to men who gain weight quickly or those who bulk up in order to gain massive muscles. Sometimes hormonal changes also leads to stretch marks. Eliminating stretch marks is not an instant process and if any market products are claiming for instant result then they are most certainly lying. If you seriously want to eliminate your stretch marks then you need to be patient and consistent. It is possible to diminish them if not completely eliminate them trust me I know this from personal experience. Generally stretch marks are seen along the side of your stomach ,chest ,bottom of belly, and on your thighs. So you will notice that stretch marks appears on places where lot of fat has been accumulated. Here is a comprehensive list of remedies through which you can get rid of stretch marks.

Oils



Olive Oil is considered as quite an famous remedy for stretch marks.Rub olive oil until you start seeing the marks diminishing. It's a long process but it works. Get into the habit of applying olive oil on stretch marks immediately after you take a bath.This will slowly become a habit and you will see the result without much of an effort. When I was trying to get rid of my stretch marks I would gently exfoliating the area using raw sugar and olive oil or almond oil. Then I would rub a mixture of Vitamin E oil as my base but I'd also add Almond Oil or a variety of other essential oils. This has worked wonders for me.  

Like I said there are a lot of other oils which are considered to be helpful in stretch marks such as almond oil, coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E oil. If you don't have vitamin E oil then you can buy vitamin E capsules, break the capsule then apply on the effected area. Vitamin E capsule can be used on your hair and face as well.
Apply generous amount of castor oil on the affected area and rap it with a plastic bag and place a hot water bottle on it. Do it for half an hour and wash it off. This method has helped many women in treating stretch marks. 

Another stretch mark reducing recipe is to mix ½ cup extra virgin oil and 1/4th cup Aloe Vera gel and add the liquid of 6 Vitamin E capsules and 3-4 Vitamin A capsules.(These capsules are easily available in any  local pharmacy . Blend all the ingredients and store the mixture in a bottle and put it in the refrigerator. Apply daily on the stretch marks area .Don't forget to shake the bottle well before you apply the lotion. 

Remember the two most important ways to get rid of stretch marks or prevent them is to exfoliate and moisturize. Regardless of what products you use to exfoliate or which ever oils you choose to use once you are gently exfoliating and consistently  moisturizing the area you'd be fine.  

A Mother's Special Blend

This is a product used by many of my pregnant girlfriends and they all swear by it. This special blend of essential oils is an all natural godsend for anyone interested in eliminating or preventing stretchmarks. It claims to help prevent stretch marks and to tone the skin during weight loss and fitness programs.This contains Almond Oil, Pecan Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Vitamin E. This can be found on Amazon and VitaminShoppe and its about $13 for an 8oz bottle. 

 Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is also known to diminish stretch marks. All you have to do is to mix the Aloe Vera gel  with Cod liver oil or Vitamin E oil and apply on the stretched mark area. This is considered to be a quite a speedy process in healing stretch marks.
Eggs

Eggs are a rich source of protein and as such it can assist you in getting rid of stretch marks.  Separate the egg whites of 2 eggs from their yolks then whip up the egg whites with a fork. Apply a thick layer of egg whites over your stretch marks. A clean makeup brush or even a pastry brush will help to spread the egg whites evenly on your skin. Allow the egg whites to dry completely, and then rinse with cold water. Pat the area dry with a soft cloth, and rub in a thin layer of olive oil or Vitamin E oil. Repeat the process at least 3 times a day in order to see results. Stretch marks should begin to become less noticeable in the following weeks, and the process can be discontinued once you are satisfied with the result.

Avocado Oil


According to my dermatologist, lack of moisture aggravates the appearance of stretch marks. Put avocado oil and olive oil mixture (ratio 1:1) on areas where stretch marks are likely to appear. Apply the mixture as often as possible. This mixture should be applied at least once a week for at least 3 months to see some results.    

Genes Vitamin E Creme Swiss Collagen Complex Moisturizing Creme

This little gem is packed with biologically compatible amounts of Vitamin E, A, and D plus Panthenol and Allantoin. Vitamins A, D, and E are found in healthy skin. All three play a very important role in the healthy maintenance of the skin. There is considerable scientific data to indicate that when used in the proper combination with other elements, Vitamin E has been responsible for the reduction of skin lesions and the appearance of softer, clearer, less dry skin. It appears to revive and protect the skin's freshness and vitality. It's only $8 for a 16 oz at Sams club or $14 on Amazon.




Cocoa Butter 


Cocoa butter is a very famous remedy for stretch marks. Mix 1/2 cup cocoa butter ,1 tbsp vitamin E oil, 2 tsp grated bees wax .Heat the mixture till the wax get melted .Store and refrigerate the mixture. You can add wheat germ oil and apricot kernel oil into the mixture for a fast acting treatment. Apply this cream every day on the affected area. Instead of trying the watered down cocoa butter lotions found at most stores try to find the pure unprocessed cocoa butter and use that instead. To make a very potent cream make the recipe above, be patient and be prepared to be amazed. Pure cocoa butter can be found at your local health food stores, African stores, and online for prices ranging from $9 - $15.  



Shea Butter

Shea butter has become one of the most popular beauty products. It has high source of vitamin E and Vitamin A which makes skin healthy. Rubbing it on your skin twice a day helps in stretch marks.I only buy all natural, unprocessed Shea butter and this can be found at most health food stores or African stores. The price ranges anywhere from $15 - $25. You don't need much so it lasts for a very long time.   

All the above remedies are inexpensive and can be made at home or found easily at your local stores or bought online. Above all remember that you have to be patient when trying these remedies. Some remedies may work well for some people and not work at all for some. I'd suggest that you try one for at least 2-3 months and if there are no noticeable difference or improvement then try another until you find the one that works best for you. Good Luck 

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