Just lost those extra kg’s? or Gave birth? Witnessed something new marks on your body? The long stripes near your stomach if you were pregnant. Maybe on your thighs, hands, or buttocks too. Yes, I am talking about those stubborn stretch marks.
We all have been through that phase where we felt insecure about our bodies. But trust me, it is normal to have stretch marks on your body. Humans have stretch marks on their bodies, and it is normal to have them. Now you must be thinking, so what’s this article is comprising?
But it doesn’t mean that we can’t work on something that we want. Well, I will talk about how to make these prominent lines on our bodies less noticeable. With time we can remove it as well.
Let’s first understand how we get stretch marks.
Common Causes of Stretch Marks
There are many reasons due to which we get stretch marks. Stretch marks occur due to the expansion of the dermal layer of the skin.
Pregnancy is one of the common reasons for stretch marks. With the baby’s growth, the skin starts to expand, due to which stretch scars grow with time, and when the baby is full-grown, they are more prominent.
The other body parts that have stretch marks are thighs, breasts, or buttocks as well. Weight gain in youngsters increases the storage of fat in your body. Due to which the skin enlarges, and stretch marks appear. They come leisurely and will affect the way your body looks.
This is why losing weight might also help in reducing stretch marks. At least you won’t get more of it. Other possibilities like health conditions, genetics, and bodybuilding can change your skin and results in stretch marks.
Let us understand what they look like and how they are different.
Do you know Stretch marks are of different colors too?
Yes, White and Red/Purple stretch marks are two different color stretch marks.
White Stretch marks are the most common and stubborn marks. It is caused by the expansion of fat, making the fat skin visible. These take longer to be treated and require more patience.
However, red or purple color stretch marks occur expansion of the dermal layer. Since these always are fresh to occur, these are easy to diminish faster.
Well, even though it is normal to have stretch marks, it indeed affects our confidence. So, we are going to talk about how to remove those stripes with natural remedies.
Natural Or Homemade Remedies To Remove Stretch Marks
Yes, we can remove stretch marks with homemade remedies. Given below are some simple ways to treat it.
1. Potato juice
The starch present in potatoes works as a skin lighting agent. We all have used potato juice on dark circles, dark elbows, or knees. The use of potato juice on stretch marks bleaches our skin. Eventually, it will reduce the visibility of stretch marks and will give you even tone skin.
2. Aloe vera gel
This plant works magically on every skin-related problem. Stretch marks are no different for Aloe vera gel. The rejuvenation power that Aloe vera holds is incredible for our skin. It regenerates our skin cells.
Applying fresh gel from the leaf can be more beneficial. Before 20-30 minutes of bathing, apply freshly extracted gel on the skin.
Massage it for 20-25 minutes, and then rinse it off. Do it every day for better and quicker results.
Scrubbing is a common way to use sugar on stretch marks. Exfoliating will increase the blood flow along with quick healing. Utilizing other products like Vitamin E oil capsules or tea tree oil (any essential oil) can make it easy to use.
Add Vitamin E oil or essential oil to the sugar, mix it appropriately and then, apply on stretch marks and scrub it in a circular motion. Regular use will show better results.
4. Lemon and cucumber juice
These two ingredients not only detoxify our intestine but works wonderfully on the outside of our body. It lowered scars and even-toned the skin.
Lime juice mixed with ground cucumber will make a thick paste. Apply the mixture on the skin and leave it for 20 minutes approx. Rinse it off with cold water.
5. Almond and coconut oil
Both oils show excellent results when applied to the skin or even hair. The use of these oils can be done on stretch marks too. Apply and massage directly on stretch marks.
You can use this oil on your skin to make it smooth and moisturized. However, If you don’t like applying oil, other oil-less remedies are on the way for you.
6. Baking soda and Lemon juice
The removal of dead skin cells with baking soda is the oldest and most satisfactory utilized remedy. It works on the partition of the skin. Lemon makes the skin less distinctive and even tones it.
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and two teaspoons of lemon juice. Mix it well and apply it to the skin. Apply for 20 minutes and let it rest on the stretch marks. Rinse it off after 20 minutes.
Warning * if you have sensitive skin doing a patch test would be useful.
7. Hyaluronic acid
Collagen, a protein in our skin, helps fight free radicals (impurities produced by pollution or stress). With age, the protein collagen reduces from our skin and thus making it age faster.
Applying Hyaluronic acid on stretch marks can rejuvenate your skin. The serum of hyaluronic acid is readily available in capsules and serums. Take 4-5 drops of this and apply on stretch marks and leave it overnight. Use it every day for better results.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil properties to remove scars and healing power make it worthwhile. Over time the application of tea tree oil on stretch marks will make them less visible. Using Tea tree oil regularly will make your skin scar-free.
Warning* Do not use tea tree oil alone. Use tea tree oil with olive or coconut oil.
9. Cocoa Butter
Butter moisturizes our skin so that it can work two ways for you. The use of this butter will reduce stretch marks and will give you smooth, silky, and lighter skin. Massaging cocoa butter at night will provide the best results.
Massage it on the stretch marks and leave it overnight. This way, the stretch marks start reducing and will eventually fade away.
10. Castor oil
The power of smoothening the skin and rejuvenating the cell will make this practical. Nourishing the stretch marks skin will give you better results. The dried, wrinkled skin needs daily moisture and nourishment.
Take one teaspoon of oil on one of your palms. Apply and massage it on the stretch marks skin and leave it overnight. In the morning, rinse it off with water. Do it daily for excellent and earlier results.
However, eating well too helps in skin betterment. Let us see what to eat to make our skin good from the inside.
What To Eat or Drink To Avoid Stretch Marks
The collagen present in Gelatin is beneficial for our skin. Chicken, Lamb, and Beef are prominent in Gelatin. Eating that will increase collagen in your skin
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acid
These help in increasing elasticity in the skin, making it easily expandable. Food like soybean, tofu, shrimp, and fish are rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Drinking Water
Water is one thing that works for everything—drinking approx. 8-10 glasses of water every day improves the health of your skin. Water restores the elasticity to the skin. It lessens the stretch marks and will give you smooth, even-toned skin.
1. Are Stretch marks painful?
No, stretch marks are just like normal skin. It doesn’t pain to have stretch marks. The only thing is they are prominent since they are different in color from our skin.
2. Is having Stretch marks a bad thing?
No, it is normal to have stretch marks on your body. But never feel discouraged because of your body. The only thing you can do for yourself is reducing its prominence. So be happy always for your body.
The above-given remedies work wonderfully on those stubborn stretch marks. Stretch Marks are familiar and not related to your age or color. They occur because of stretching or expansion of your skin which is common in all genders.
It is crucial to continue the application of ingredients regularly. Whatever way you choose from the elements mentioned above, they should be applied daily on your skin. It is crucial because it will give you results quicker.
Do let us know in the comment section below if these ingredients worked for you.
If yes, which one you tried?