Stretch marks are the off-colored lines that you see on your skin’s surface. These marks are usually present in the abdominal wall but they can also appear over the upper arms, breasts, thighs, and buttocks. There are times when stretch marks cover large portions of the body. Although pregnancy is one of the main causes of these marks to appear, other causes such as rapid growth, sudden loss or weight gain, stress, heredity, and changes in your physical appearance can also make them more visible.
The skin is composed of three layers and these are: epidermis or the outer layer, dermis which is the middle layer, and hypodermic or subcutaneous which is the deepest skin layer. Stretch marks usually occur in the dermis when the tissues that connect the muscles are stretched beyond its normal flexibility due to rapid contraction or expansion of the skin. As the skin stretched, it weakens the collagen while its production cycle is damaged and interrupted. This results to fine scars appearing below the skin’s top layer. These marks appear red or pink at first, but they become thin and silvery in appearance and this is what stretch marks look like. Keep in mind that stretch marks appear when you lose or gain weight quickly.
Many are conscious about their appearance when they have stretch marks. The good news is that there are ways to reduce their appearance naturally.
One of the best remedies for stretch marks is natural white sugar. You can use this for exfoliation. Start by mixing 1 tablespoon raw sugar with a few drops of lemon juice and almond oil. Mix it properly and apply on stretch marks and other areas of the skin. Rub it gently on the skin for 10 minutes daily before you take a shower. Do this treatment for a month and you’ll see that your stretch marks become lighter.
You can protect your skin against different kinds of problems when you keep it hydrated. A skin that is properly hydrated gets detoxified regularly which helps bring back its elasticity to reduce stretch marks. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated and your skin soft and elastic. Stay away from soda, coffee, and tea as much as possible because they can make you dehydrated.
3. Olive oil.
This oil contains plenty of antioxidants and nutrients that help in improving various skin problems like stretch marks. You can massage pure olive oil that is slightly warm in areas that are affected to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks as well as boost blood circulation. Leave it for 30 minutes so the skin can absorb the vitamins A, E, and D. You can also mix this oil with water and vinegar and apply it as night cream. This can help exfoliate your skin while moisturizing it.
4. Lemon juice.
Another way to reduce stretch marks is lemon juice. Since lemon juice is acidic, it can help heal as well as reduce skin injuries, stretch marks, scars, and acne. Gently rub fresh lemon following a circular motion on your stretch marks. Let the lemon juice soak for 10 minutes before washing it with warm water. You can also mix equal amounts of lemon juice and cucumber juice before applying to your stretch marks.
5. Aloe vera.
This plant is actually useful in treating various skin problems. Aloe vera contains active compounds and essential nutrients that can be used for minor burns while this plant’s soothing and healing compounds can help treat stretch marks. You can start by directly rubbing the gel of the plant on the affected area and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Another way is to create a mixture using oil from 10 capsules of vitamin E, oil from 5 capsules of vitamin A, and ¼ cup of aloe vera gel. Rub it onto your skin until it is absorbed. Do this step daily.
6. Potato juice.
The juice of potato actually has minerals and vitamins that boost restoration and growth of skin cells. Cut a potato into thick slices. Get one of the slices and gently rub on the stretch marks for a couple of minutes. See to it that the potato juice covers the area that is affected. Let the juice dry before washing it with lukewarm water.
These are just a few steps that you can take to help reduce stretch marks. The best part is that all of these tips are natural.