Home Remedies for Stretch Marks - Easy and Soothing!


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The bane of many women’s existence, it’s estimated that 90% develop stretch marks during pregnancy, and the vast majority of women develop them at some point in life even if they don’t become pregnant. Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching past its point of elasticity, which causes a tear in the dermis resulting in a scar. Just like most scars, there’s not much that can be done to remove stretch marks completely, although most fade to a silver or pale color over time.

Despite this fact, the drugstore and department stores are littered with products claiming the exact opposite, and millions of women fall for these claims every year. However, there are some natural stretch mark remedies that are just as effective, if not more so, as these synthetic products in fading and reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Mixing organic coconut oil with vitamin E and applying it to the skin twice a day can provide incredibly moisture and as well as fatty acids, which plump the skin, improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of stretch marks as well as one’s risk of developing new ones. Internally, consuming foods high in zinc or taking a zinc supplement can increase the body’s production of collagen as well as help the body obtain the nutrients it needs to repair damaged skin, including stretch marks, thus fading them over time.

Using a body scrub made of ingredients found in your kitchen can help to sloth off the top, darker layer of stretch marks to reduce their appearance. You can mix salt, honey, and oil and use this as a scrub, or combine coffee grounds, brown sugar, and olive oil and rub it all over. Do this twice a week for several weeks to see the most noticeable results. For moisture, utilize natural oils such as sweet almond, jojoba, or lavender as a moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple.

Overall, taking care of your skin, and your body, will provide the most long lasting solution to stretch marks.

Additional Sources:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303830204577446324279673872.html
http://getahead.rediff.com/report/2010/jan/19/effective-home-remedies-for-stretch-marks.htm