Eliminating stubborn stretch marks is tough, but possible, by following 4 easy steps
Almost every woman gets stretch marks on her skin at some point in her life, and each scar represents a different story.
Women often get them during the most blissful period of their life: pregnancy. My encounter with stretch marks was in my early teens. My sudden weight loss after following a hectic diet plan became less rewarding as I observed off-colored strips all over my lower abdomen.
Stretch marks appear due to the overstretching of the tissues under the skin as a result of dramatic weight gain or loss during pregnancy and puberty. The sudden increase of cortisone in our system due to an adrenal gland disorder or over usage of corticosteroid medications can also contribute to the appearance of these stretch marks. These silvery lines can usually be seen on the abdomen, inner arms, or upper breasts, flank, buttocks, lateral upper thighs and hips. These bands of parallel lines on our skin are usually painless and not dangerous, but stretch marks can affect our self-esteem and confidence on a greater level.
There are many expensive medical procedures and therapies to prevent stretch marks, but these stubborn marks can also be faded in a safe, easy and completely natural way in your home by following these four very simple steps:
- Step 1: Exfoliation
Salt and cinnamon are two natural skins exfoliating agents. Salt improves cell metabolism and keeps the tissues hydrated. Whereas cinnamon removes the dead skin cells, its use on the skin also increases collagen level which gives elasticity to the skin and cures stretch marks. These two ingredients can be mixed and used in the powdered form. Regular massage of this mixture with an olive oil on your skin can improve the blood circulation and reduce the stretch marks to a great extent.
- Step 2: Body Scrubbing
We commonly use pumice stones, sponges, and brushes for scrubbing on our skin, but there is a famous Indian herb — vetiver root — that is easily available and acts as an excellent natural body scrub. A special characteristic of vetiver root is that it regenerates skin tissues; it works to heal old wounds and form new tissues over it. Soaked vetiver root can be rubbed on the skin in a circular motion to speed up the disappearance of scars, dark spots and stretch marks.
- Step 3: Moisturizing
Pure aloe vera gel extracted from a natural aloe vera plant can do wonders on our skin. It can moisturize the rough and itchy skin of the stretch marks, as well as help to regenerate the skin tissues thanks to the high quantities of plant collagen in aloe vera.
- Step 4: Massage Oil
Using massage oil every night is a very relaxing and healthy. It helps in healing the skin by removing toxins and increasing blood circulation. For removing stretch marks or scars, organic castor oil is very beneficial because it is high in vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids, and contains vitamin E as well. A mixture of 75 % organic castor oil and 25 % vitamin E oil is recommended as the best natural scar remedy as it improves skin’s texture, skin’s elasticity and stimulates collagen production.
The next time you see those light colored streaks on your body, don’t worry — just follow these easy steps regularly and notice a gradual change in your skin texture and appearance.
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