Stretch marks are a type of scar that occurs when the skin loses its elasticity, almost always after having been overstretched. These lines don’t pose any threat to your health, but they’re unsightly and those who have them are always looks for ways to eliminate them or reduce their appearance.
Basically, stretch marks form in the middle layer of the skin which is why they’re often so difficult to eliminate. People who have stretch marks notice them as pink or purple lines that form in different areas of the body. They gradually fade to a duller tone, but they’re still really noticeable.
Stretch marks can appear as just a few or many small lines. In most cases, the unsightly marks form on areas of the body that have more fat deposits like the buttocks, abdomen, arms, legs and breasts.
Although there are many commercial treatments on the market today that help remove stretch marks, natural remedies are a great alternative. There are several formulas and ingredients with beneficial properties for the skin that can help noticeably reduce stretch marks if used regularly.
Below, we’ll show you 6 excellent natural remedies to reduce stretch marks.
Potatoes possess properties that help restore skin cells and stimulate new growth.
Simply take a good-sized potato and peel and grate it.
Press the juice from the grated potato and apply to the affected area every day, once in the morning and once at night. Let the juice dry on the skin, then rinse with cold water.
Egg whites contain amino acids and proteins that are useful for reducing stretch marks. By using this remedy regularly, you’ll notice results in a matter of weeks.
Beat an egg white until completely foamy. Then apply using a makeup brush to the affected areas of the skin and let dry.
Then rinse with warm water and apply a little olive oil to prevent dryness.
Cocoa butter is a really cheap and effective remedy for visibly reducing stretch marks. This butter contains essential vitamins and minerals that deeply moisturize the skin and stimulate regeneration.
Get some cocoa butter and apply to the affected areas twice daily (once in the morning and once at night). Massage until it’s completely absorbed.
Almond oil, sugar and lemon
This treatment hydrates, tones and regenerates the skin to noticeably reduce stretch marks. Its ingredients penetrate the skin to diminish the appearance of stretch marks in no time.
In a container, mix a tablespoon of granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon almond oil and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Gently massage this exfoliating mixture onto the affected areas for 10 minutes, then rinse well. Repeat this treatment 2-3 times a week.
Homemade anti-stretch mark cream
To keep your skin elastic and avoid the appearance of stretch marks, it’s really important to deeply hydrate it and supply it with the essential nutrients it needs to keep the skin from tearing and scarring.
This anti-stretch mark cream will provide your skin with the right nutrition and will help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks that can appear during or after pregnancy or as the result of weight gain or loss.
In a small container, mix equal parts olive oil, wheat germ and aloe vera. If you have oily skin, add a little clay powder. Mix the ingredients well to make a paste. Apply to the affected areas three times a week.
Almond and coconut oil
These two oils are really good for caring for the skin and deeply hydrating it. Both contain vitamin E and other essential nutrients that are key for regenerating the skin and eliminating stretch marks.
Mix equal parts almond oil and coconut oil, then apply to the affected area. Repeat this treatment every day, once in the morning and once before going to sleep.