Stretch marks, the horror story for most women. They are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. Stretch marks may diminish over time. But they will not disappear completely.
Stretch marks form during rapid growth of the body. That happens during pregnancy and puberty. Pregnancy stretch marks are most common form of stretch marks. Other causes for stretch marks include weight gain, weight loss, puberty, and sometimes stress.
These long and narrow streaks or stripes occur when the skin is stretched too quickly. A common question is “how long does it take for stretch marks to fade”? Well, if you leave them on their own, they need six to twelve months after pregnancy.
Now, some women get rid of stretch marks quicker. They might not even get stretch marks during pregnancy. But that is genetics. If you want to speed up removal of stretch marks, there is a cure. Keeping your skin hydrated will keep the elastin in place. This will prevent the skin from scarring. Today, we will talk about a couple of remedies for keeping stretch marks at bay, and removing them.
1. Homemade Belly Butter To Prevent Stretch Marks
If you suffer from extra dry skin, you need to make a potent solution. And we start off with just that. For this remedy, you will need a couple of essential oils, but also some carrier oils like coconut, almond, and avocado oil.
The recipe is hard to the touch once it is firm. But do not worry. That is only on the top layer. Dig in, and the mixture becomes soft. It will melt on your skin, and you can easily massage it.
2. Turmeric Paste For Stretch Marks
Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory properties. The spice can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and soothe dry skin. This remedy helps moisturize the skin, and penetrate deeply. You need turmeric and some yogurt to form a liquid paste. Apply it before showering or bathing. Massage the parts of your body where stretch marks appear.
3. Homemade Gotu Kola And Calendula Body Oil
You can turn this oil into a daily self-care ritual. It helps with stretch mars, but also with many other skin issues. This oil is common in Ayurvedic practice and medicine. Self-massage is a huge part of Ayurveda medicine.
Herbal oils are great remedy for skin issues. You need a few botanicals. Infuse them into oil. You need sun exposure for this. Apply daily to soothe and nourish dry skin. The oil will also stimulate collagen production.
4. Aspirin For Removing Stretch Marks
Yes, aspirin, the very same pill you take when your head hurts, can help with stretch marks. If you repeat this treatment daily, you can reduce stretch marks in 15 days.
You need aspirin tablets, water, and lemon juice. Start by rubbing lemon on the affected area. Wash off with normal water, and then apply the mixture of aspirin and water. Make sure to massage in circular motion and wash off with water.
5. Buttery Stretch Mark Cream
When the summer comes, and you want to show your sexy skin, stretch marks are your biggest enemy. We know butters help moisturize the skin. But when you are facing stretch marks, you need to take things to the next level. And that is to prepare a potent combination of butters. We have avocado, cocoa, mango, kokum, and Shea butter inside.
Melt the butters, and then add vitamin E. The vitamin is great for the skin and moisture. Be careful, do not apply melted water and hot water. Wait for the butters to cool down, and then apply to the skin.
6. Homemade Hyaluronic Acid Gel For Stretch Marks
Hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizers for your skin. Many commercial creams with hyaluronic acid market themselves falsely. For example, some products say they have 40% hyaluronic acid inside. That is impossible.
Our skin contains hyaluronic acid naturally. But we need more of it to keep the skin hydrated. The ingredient also helps with anti-aging properties. Your skin will appear plump and fresh. You can use this recipe only topically. For dry skin, apply it before a cream. If you want to make a more luxurious product, use rose water instead of regular water.
7. Stretch Marks Cream With Vitamin E And Calendula Oil
Natural remedies help most people. The trick is to be consistent. Do not expect instant results. You can make your own cream with popular ingredients like coconut oil and Shea butter. The active ingredient for stretch marks here is Calendula oil. You can buy from Amazon or infuse it yourself.
8. Coffee Scrub For Fading Stretch Marks
Coffee is more and more popular in the beauty industry. The ingredient has major benefits for the skin. Coffee contains caffeine, an ingredient that stimulates blood flow and circulation. And it improves cell regeneration. You need ground coffee for this treatment, and you can either use directly from a package, or repurpose from the coffee machine.
Either way, you are getting the benefits of caffeine. And we love it when a scrub has only two simple ingredients. Here, that is coffee and olive oil.
9. Avocado And Aloe Vera Stretch Marks Paste
This remedy combines two very beneficial ingredients for skin care. The first one is avocado, a great source of vitamin E that protects the skin from oxidative damage. And the second is aloe vera, a calming and nourishing ingredient.
Mix the ingredients, and keep the mixture in the fridge. The benefit of this cream is you can make a larger amount, and store it in the fridge. Massage daily on the affected area before going to bed.
10. Gentle Stretch Marks Oil With Essential Oils
Essential oils are the hot new topic in skin care lately. There are too many options for essential oils on the market. The trick is using the oils that benefit your skin. Some of them include lavender, rosehip, tea tree oil, rose oil, frankincense oil, and others.
In this potent blend, we use the most efficient oils for stretch marks removal. Try it.
11. Removing Stretch Marks With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular home remedies for different ailments. You can cure almost everything with ACV. Some use it topically for skin problems, others for hair problems. And there are people ingesting ACV for digestive issues.
ACV helps thanks to the acetic acid that exfoliates the top layer of the skin. The result is smoother and evenly pigmented skin. Apple cider vinegar also hydrates and nourishes the skin, and provides vitamin saturation.
12. Blossoming Belly Butter
This belly butter recipe uses the safest essential oils. Those are frankincense, lavender, and neroli. You can use them during pregnancy. They have a calming effect on the skin.
You can rub this mixture on the belly. Or use it as a full body lotion to restore moisture to the skin.
13. Color Reducing Stretch Mark Salve
The main ingredient in this salve is cocoa butter. The raw cocoa butter acts as emollient. It helps soften and soothe the skin, and break up the scar tissue of stretch marks. The result is faster healing and preventing stretch marks.
The formula also contains coconut oil and castor oil. These two oils provide the moisture effect. They act as discoloration fighter as well.
14. Frankincense Stretch Marks Cream
Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for the skin. It is also an unknown and rarely used. But we aim to raise the awareness for the product. The oil can reduce appearance of skin imperfections, including stretch marks and wrinkles.
Some people also use it to help with discoloration of the skin. Frankincense soothes the skin and reduces redness and swelling.
15. Simple Sugar Scrub For Stretch Marks
This homemade sugar scrub contains only two ingredients. Yet, it is that simple and easy to reduce stretch marks. All you need is coconut oil and fine sugar. The former acts as moisturizer for the skin, while the latter removes dead skin cells.
16. Stretch Marks Removal Night Cream
We love when a homemade recipe goes outside of the box. Most stretch mark removal remedies work thanks to oils and butters. But this one uses a unique ingredient, beetroot juice. This juice prevents premature aging of the skin and skin folding. Beets help maintain the elasticity of the skin. They also contain ingredients that lighten the skin and improve the complexion.
17. Homemade Aloe Vera Oil For Scars And Stretch Marks
In most of our recipes, we used aloe vera as a complimentary ingredient .Well, in this formula, aloe vera is the main ingredient. Aloe vera contains vitamin A, vitamin C, enzymes, and antioxidants. That makes it a potent remedy for skin issues.
Aloe vera can help moisture the skin. Be careful, when overused, aloe vera can also dry out the skin. Use this remedy once per day before bedtime.
18. VapoRub Body Wrap
Let’s finish off with a rather unconventional remedy. You can use Vapor Rub on tummy, legs, and even boobs. You just have to wrap yourself and leave it in for a couple of hours. The remedy will lighten the stretch marks, but also tighten your body.