Stretch marks are lesions that appear on the skin, especially in the abdomen, hips and breasts, usually after a sudden weight gain or pregnancy. At first they are purple, before fading over time to become whitish unsightly lines. Here’s how to get rid of it in 6 weeks.
The main culprits of stretch marks
The rapid and sudden weight gain is one of the most common causes of stretch marks, especially since it generates a stretching of the skin, which can leave permanent traces even after the loss of those kilos;
Puberty – period where the skin is the most stressed, because of the high rate of growth and raging hormones;
Inappropriate use of corticosteroids: corticosteroids can reduce the level of collagen, responsible for the elasticity of the skin protein;
Genes: if a member of your family suffer from stretch marks, it is possible that you also inherit this condition.
Although stretch marks are difficult to remove, there are nevertheless cases in which the skin heals completely without keeping any trace.
Here are some simple and effective natural remedies that will help you eliminate these unsightly marks on your skin:
Whether vitamin E oil, cod liver oil, olive oil, flax seed oil or coconut oils are very effective in terms of removing stretch marks, thanks to the large amount of antioxidants and nutrients they contain. They allow the skin to restructure and regular massage accelerates the process of regeneration by stimulating the secretion of collagen and elastin that give skin its firm appearance and softness.
Regular physical activity
Regular physical activity has proven effective against several ailments, and stretch marks are no exception. Sport tones and strengthens the muscles under the skin, allowing firm figure and elastic skin.
Drink a lot of water
Our skin is made up of 65% water, so to assure an adequate level of hydration, as well as to all other organs in our body, it is important to drink enough water. However, coffee and sodas should be obviously avoided.
Apply aloe vera gel
Aloe Vera has many benefits. Its richness in nutrients and its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat many skin conditions such as sunburn, rashes, wrinkles, cuts, eczema and of course, stretch marks. Simply cut the aloe vera leaf to extract the gel, and then apply it on the affected area and massage until complete absorption.
Exfoliation or scrub, removes dead skin friction and accelerate the restructuring of the epidermis. However, it is advisable not to practice it more than once a week, in order to avoid excessive rubbing the areas affected by stretch marks to avoid irritating them, and apply oil or moisturizer just after scrub. For example you can exfoliate your skin with coffee grounds mixed with a vegetable oil of your choice.