Stretch marks are one of the biggest esthetic annoyances for women. We all know that they aren’t bad for our health, but they can still make us feel a little uncomfortable when putting on a short skirt or a bathing suit, for example. Did you know that there is a way to improve them by applying lotions made of ingredients that you have in your own kitchen? Continue reading and we will show you some tricks to end stretch marks and improve their appearance.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are marks on your skin that are formed because of the constant stretching of its elastic fibers. When a certain amount of abrupt tension occurs, the inner layers of the skin break which produces scars.
There are two kinds of stretch marks. The first kind is produced by tension or loss of elasticity. Among this kind are stretch marks caused by pregnancy, growth during adolescence, and any change in volume in relation to hormonal change. The second kind is produced by excess cortisol. These are produced when you need to take corticosteroids in high dosages for a prolonged period of time.
Where Do They Appear?
Stretch marks are commonly produced in your abdomen, breast, hip, and butt area. They start off being small reddish or violet lines and transform into lines that are slightly more clear than you person’s skin color.
What Do I Do to Make Them Not Appear?
Once they are there, stretch marks are difficult to get rid of. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. What should you do?
You should have good blood circulation. To help with this, eat red berries like strawberries, cranberries, and cherries. You can also do lymphatic drainage massages. This is a massage technique that allows the activation of the elimination of liquid accumulated in certain body tissues.
Another way to prevent stretch marks is by increasing the level of collagen in your skin. Collagen is a protein that performs an essential stomach in the formation of different elements of your body. You can increase your level of collagen by eating foods that have vitamin C (peppers, kiwi, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, guava, broccoli, etc.)
Hydrating your skin is a good method to prevent them. You should use creams everyday to keep your skin elastic.
Lastly, try to control your weight. Sudden changes can bring about more stretch marks.
If I Already Have Them, What Should I Do?
Although stretch marks are hard to remove, there are some tricks that we can show you to improve their appearance.
You should know that in order for these tonics to give some kind of result, you need to apply them regularly and constantly. Stretch marks appear because of a breakage in the skin and solving this takes some time. But, don’t get discouraged! Over time, you can see certain results.
You can find this vitamins in two ways. The first by buying vitamin E capsules at a pharmacy. What you have to do is open it and apply oil on the areas affected by stretch marks. You have to do this at least once a day after bathing. You can remove it with a wet cloth 15 minutes later.
The second way is to absorb vitamin E is in foods that are rich in it. Some of these are: olive, almond, or soy oil. You also need to apply it once a day, after bathing, and you can remove it with a wet cloth 15 minutes later.
Vitamin E is very good for all kinds of skin problems because it helps it be stronger and healthier.
Grind the skin from a beet with that of a peach. If you end up with a very thick paste, you can add a tablespoon of almond oil. You should apply the paste on the affected areas for 15 minutes and then remove it with cold water. Pay attention to this detail because hot water will make your skin sensitive and can make stretch marks worse.
Another vegetable in your kitchen that can be very useful for this problem is carrot. What you should do is steam carrots, make a purée with them, and apply it directly to the affected area. Be very careful with the temperature: you don’t want to burn your skin. This paste takes a little more time to produce its effects and that is why it is necessary to leave it on for at least a half hour so it has an effect. Then, remove it with a cloth soaked in cold water.
Avocados have many properties. You already know that it can be used to make various home remedies with different uses. Make this paste by grinding half an avocado and mixing it with a tablespoon of honey and one of lemon. You need to apply this mixture in circular motions for 15 minutes everyday. Another way to prepare the mixture is by adding a tablespoon of olive oil to make the mixture a little more liquidy and easier to apply.
Horsetail is a wild plant that is often used for medicinal purposes. You can buy it in food or herbal stores. This plant has a high amount of silicon, a natural regenerator, which helps cells regenerate. Make the lotion by soaking 100 grams of these leaves with eight drops of lemon and a liter of 40 proof alcohol for a month. Once a month has passed, dilute the amount of preparation that you are going to use with half water and apply it to the affected areas twice daily.
Sugar and Coffee
One of the bases for any skin treatment is exfoliation. It is necessary to remove dead cells so that new cells that can appear. Two natural exfoliants that are within your reach are coffee and sugar. You can combine them with some of the aforementioned oils, olive for example.
Homemade Aloe Vera Cream
- 1/2 cup of virgen olive oil
- 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
- 6 capsules of vitamin E
- 4 capsules of vitamin A
Combine all the ingredients using a blender.
You should apply this on the affected areas with a gentle massage until it is completely absorbed. You can save the cream in a clean container, covered in the refrigerator.
Exercising, especially in open outdoor areas, besides allowing your muscles to develop, helps the oxygenation of your cells. Outdoor activities allow greater absorption of vitamin D, which is very important for improving skin.
The recipes that you just red are some of the most effective ones for stretch marks. Will you give them a shot? Do you know of another homemade trick that you would like to share with us?