Stretch marks are the result of extreme tension in the skin which damages the fibers and causes scarring. If they are difficult to erase, it is still possible to reduce them quite dramatically. Here are tips to act on recent or old stretch marks and prevent the appearance of new skin lesions.
1. Good Hydration
To avoid the appearance of stretch marks and reduce them, the first instinct is to moisturize your skin well, especially in the most exposed areas such as the thighs, arms or lower abdomen. This attention is very important, especially in women and at clearly identified periods of life which are adolescence, pregnancy and menopause.
By regularly massaging the areas at risk with a quality moisturizer, you will help your skin resist the appearance of stretch marks.
2. Well -nourished skin with sweet almond oil and coconut oil
By nourishing your skin, you will strengthen the fibers of the dermis and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the surface.
Here are the ingredients to make a homemade nourishing lotion recipe
- Almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Lemon juice
Mix a dose of each of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. For a single application, you can go with a tablespoon of each ingredient, but you can prepare cream in advance to use later. Apply this homemade preparation 3 times a week on stretch marks.
3. Horsetail massage oil
Horsetail is a plant with recognized medicinal values and it can be used in the treatment of stretch marks. As it contains silicon, it helps the skin to regenerate and acts naturally on stretch marks to make them less visible.
Here are the ingredients to prepare, be careful the maceration time is long, about 1 month!
- Horsetail: 150 dried leaves
- Alcohol at 40°: 1 liter
- Lemon essential oil: a few drops
- Water: ½ liter
Put the horsetail leaves to macerate in alcohol and forget them for a month in a dry place away from light. Then, cut this solution by mixing it with ½ liter of water and you will obtain a ready-to-use lotion to apply on the stretch marks.
You can renew this massage twice a day for the time necessary for their attenuation.
4. Shea butter and cocoa
You certainly know the benefits of shea butter, but did you know that its cousin cocoa butter is also effective for healthy and supple skin?
In addition, the application of shea or cocoa butter is very simple, since all you have to do is put a hazelnut in the palm of your hand and massage the area to be treated. At the same time, enjoy their sweet fragrance that will bring back memories of holidays by the sea.
5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a staple in lotions used to prevent and cure many skin problems. This plant has anti-inflammatory, healing and regenerative properties and these virtues place it at the forefront of solutions to combat skin lesions.
Use the aloe vera gel daily on the stretch marks to be treated and massage deeply to reach the lower layers of the skin.
6. A carrot-beet ointment
This homemade preparation is to be preferred in the treatment of old stretch marks and it is less suitable for recent purplish-colored stretch marks.
You will need the following ingredients
- 1 carrot
- The skin of 5 beets
- The skin of 5 peaches
Put the carrot in the blender and gradually add the skin of the peaches and beets. You will get an ointment that you can apply to your stretch marks or use on risk areas for prevention.
7. The lawyer
Often used in cosmetics, avocado is appreciated for its regenerating power and is often one of the ingredients of anti-stretch mark creams. It is for this reason that you can make your own mixture using the following products and work now to prevent or treat stretch marks.
Your ingredients needed to concoct a homemade cream
- A ripe avocado
- Honey: 1 teaspoon
- Lemon: ½ juice
Mash the avocado with a fork and stir in the honey, mixing well until a thick, lump-free paste forms. You can use an electric robot to obtain a smoother result.
Then add the lemon little by little so as not to dilute your cream too much, which must keep a consistency thick enough to be applied to the skin without running.
Coat the areas with this homemade preparation, leave on for about twenty minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
8. Rose oil
Rose oil contains vitamins A and E which encourage collagen production and significantly improve skin elasticity. Your dermis is enriched by the use of this oil which, moreover, diffuses a very pleasant fragrance.
Just put a drop of rose oil in the palm of your hand and then gently apply it to areas susceptible to stretch marks. Massage gently, taking your time on the following areas: stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, arms and breasts.
9. Vitamin c
Vitamin C helps our body make more collagen and is valuable in renewing dead skin cells. Some specialists therefore classify it as a remedy to reduce and eliminate stretch marks.
Vitamin C is naturally present in citrus fruits, kiwis or red berries. You can supplement your intake with one 500mg capsule per day.
If you don’t have a stretch mark, you can take preventive action. Otherwise, by applying these recipes, you can mitigate them and limit new appearances.