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6 Glorious Remedies to Keep Stretch Marks at Bay

Updated on February 27, 2015

Stretch marks refer to those ungainly, whitish spots on the upper arms, abdomen, hips, breasts, hands and leg, which plague both men and women in equal measure.This is second one annoying body trouble after removing acne scars and finding home remedies for deep forehead wrinkles.

Stretch marks are usually attributed to an unexpected change in one’s body weight both on the upside and the downside. This is why these marks tend to get accentuated after pregnancy or those undergoing the typical hormonal changes brought on by the phenomenon of adolescence.

Now although stretch marks are difficult to eradicate completely, there are quite a few few useful home remedies to lighten them in a smooth, natural manner without experiencing any pernicious side effects.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is known to contain high levels of vitamin E, which helps enhance the elasticity and texture of the skin. Start off by rubbing some amount of olive oil into the skin during those annoying phase of swift weight growth, like pregnancy.

While the absolute efficiency of olive oil in the context of removing stretch marks does vary with the person, the National Institute of Health's Office of Supplements suggests vitamin E has a lot of benefits to offer, both to the body and skin health.

stretch marks
stretch marks

Lemon Juice

Thanks to its acidic nature as well as natural bleaching properties, lemon juice is easily one of the most useful remedies to lighten stretch marks among best vegetables for skin care.

Lemons are rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which are great in stimulating the production of collagen, exfoliating the skin and expediting the growth of new cells. Lemon juice is incredibly efficient in lightening stretch marks which remain brown or red, which can accelerate the natural fading process.

Here is how you may want to use it:

  • Cut off a lemon, squeeze out the fresh juice and then rub it softly on the impacted skin.
  • Keep for around 10 minutes and rinse off using a little bit of lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the steps 2-3 times a day to see better results

Cocoa Butter

This is one type of butter that’ll do your skin a world of good. It is a topical lotion containing cocoa and can more than lighten the onset of stretch marks. You may want to combine the moisturizing properties of cocoa butter with a mild massaging motion to enhance the appearance of stretch marks considerably.

Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is replete with numerous antioxidant properties, which prevents the damage of collagen which in turn can result in skin damage.

If you suffer from stubborn stretch marks that refuse to fade away, apply some vitamin E oil on to the affected area on a periodic basis. About 3-4 times a week would be just fine.

Moisturizer

Applying a moisturizer regularly is also a great way of allowing your skin to remain hydrated and retain its elasticity, which in turn can improve the extent of these stretch marks.

You can also prepare your own moisturizer at home by blending equal amounts of olive oil and aloe vera, which brings to our next home remedy.

Aloe Vera Gel

Since stretch marks basically imply that one’s skin has trouble retaining its softness and elasticity, you don’t want to look any further than Aloe Vera, which has a great ability to fill in the tiny tears inside the skin layers and makes for a wonderfully safe option to not only help with stretch marks, but also enhance the general health of your skin.

Simply take a leaf from the aloe plant and peel out the outermost skin. Squeeze out the gel and gently apply (daily) on the affected area.

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel

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