Hey e-k readers, So our beauty column today focuses on stretchmarks and the best natural solution for stretchmarks. Stretchmarks as we all know are most often caused by weight gain and pregnancy, which cause the skin fibers to stretch. An increase in the hormone cortisol, which causes the skin to lose elasticity, may also be to blame. It may seem farfetched but there are actually natural plants and essential oils which if perfectly combined can rapidly fade stretchmarks and it works wonderfully! Although unsightly, stretch marks aren’t harmful and will most likely fade over time. According to the most dermatologists, there is no evidence to support the efficacy of any natural substance or home remedy to fade stretch mark. There are some things you can do to improve the appearance of your stretch marks and makes those dark unattractive strides fade faster.
Massage pure vitamin E oil into the stretched skin to keep it moisturized and supple.
Make a gentle scrub with pure cane sugar and honey to remove the dead skin cells in the area of your stretch marks. This will keep the skin soft and smooth and aid in cellular renewal.
Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and plump to help avoid excess wrinkles that could make your stretch marks appear worse.
Avoid exposure to the sun, which can dry the skin and make your stretch marks appear darker. Always apply sunscreen to your stretch marks when you cannot avoid the sun.
Things You’ll Need
An inexpensive alternative is creating your own creams using a variety of items commonly found in your kitchen or bathroom.
Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Stretch Mark Cream
Mix 1/2 cup virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup cocout oil, 1/2 cup shearbutter, 1/2 cup apricot or almond oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel. Stir them together with a spoon or in a blender.
Pierce open six vitamin E capsules and four vitamin A capsules. Use a sharp, sterile needle or cut them open using scissors. Squeeze the liquid inside the capsules into the mixture. Mix again.
Store the cream in a clean container and refrigerate it.
Cocoa Butter Cream
Grate 2 tbsp. beeswax into a pot. Add 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1 tbsp. wheat germ, 1 tsp. apricot oil and 1 tsp. vitamin E oil. Pierce vitamin E capsules with a sterile needle and squeeze the solution from the capsules if vitamin E oil is not available.
Heat the ingredients on low temperature. Stir continually to evenly distribute the heat. Continue until beeswax has melted.
Place the mixture into a sterile container and refrigerate it.