Friday, July 12, 2013

Help! I have stretch marks!

Stretch marks are one of the most common subjects that my readers ask me about. Stretch marks are often found around the breasts, upper thighs, abdomen, and hips.  They are hidden under our clothes, so why should it matter?  The truth is, we all want to have beautiful skin, whether it is so we can feel confident in swimwear or just feel happy when we look in the mirror. While you CANNOT completely erase stretch marks, these 5 natural ingredients may just help improve the look of your skin!

1. Vitamin E Oil


Many people may find fading of stretch marks by simply using the contents of a Vitamin E capsule. In fact, applying Vitamin E oil is one of the most recommended stretch mark remedies there is. While there isn’t any scientific evidence proving that it works, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence.  Just prick a capsule of this antioxidant-rich vitamin and apply to affected areas.


2. Cocoa Butter


Pure cocoa butter is an old stand by treatment.  Be careful not to buy “cocoa butter lotion”, which typically is water, fillers, and under 10% cocoa butter.  You want to be sure it is at least 50% cocoa butter. Apply directly to stretch marks for fading. Be sure it is petrochemical and paraben free, too!


3. Helichrysum Essential Oil

This lovely essential oil, when diluted in olive or grapeseed oil and massaged into the skin, works for many women to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.  The trick is to be sure that you are massaging it, not just quickly applying. You can find this less common essential oil online and at health foods stores. This is what I used after having Ben. It really did help, when diluted with grapeseed oil.


4. Coffee Scrub


This one is a simple remedy made from something you may have sitting in your coffee maker right now -- coffee grounds. Applying coffee grounds to your skin as an exfoliating body scrub may yield results when it comes to reducing the appearance of stretch marks.  Combine a small amount of warm water or aloe vera juice with a generous helping of coffee grounds and massage into skin. Caffeine revs up skin circulation and has been shown to make cellulite less visible--at least temporarily.  The same may apply to stretch marks. You can also look for s store bought coffee scrub. 100% Pure makes a lovely one called Cocoa Kona Coffee and it smells delish, too!


5. Avocado Oil


Avocado oil is chock full of beneficial nutrients--from Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D to Vitamins A & E. Avocado oil contains plant strerols, which have been shown to help repair scarring and pigmentation spots. It may even help to boost collagen.  Using this oil as a body massage oil each day may help to reduce the visible signs of stretch marks. Look for this right in the natural foods section of your local grocery store.




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