Home Remedies for Stretch Marks
Get ready for a trip to your local health food store, and/or exploratory clicking.
When you look for home remedies to treat stretch marks, you’ll see lots of recommendations that involve exotic oils---a remarkable variety of them. The most common ones mentioned are olive oil and cocoa butter, and they’re easy to come by, of course: just push your cart into the salad oil section at your neighborhood supermarket, and after that visit the skin care aisle.
But you’re going to see lavender oil mentioned as well. And mink oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, aloe Vera derivatives, and more.
So if you want to experiment with a wide range of remedies that people are swearing will work, then head out to that shop, by car or by click, that’s supposed to aid natural healing ---that place that carries all of the emollient products above.
What are the different benefits of all those different oils?
Lavender oil is useful because it stimulates blood flow to the area of the skin where applied. This increased circulation helps to diminish or even prevent stretch marks.
Mink oil is recommended because it contains Palmitoleic (C-16) acid, which is close in composition to human sebum (skin oil). This substance is allegedly not to be found in any other cosmetic oil.
According to research findings, minks are unique in the ability to heal from their massive skin injuries. The cause is the C-16, which is found in the fatty layer under minks’ surface skin. Mink oil for humans is processed from there, in the belief that it beautifies human skin, and aids in the prevention or reduction of scarring.
Olive oil is prized for its healing vitamins, namely A, D and E, and also for squalene, an antioxidant chemical that’s similar to human sebum.
Sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado oil, aloe Vera ointment, wheat germ oil and jojoba oil are all recommended because they penetrate the surface skin (the epidermis), and they reach the layer underneath where stretch marks occur (the dermis). Each is rich in different nutrients that aid in the softening and healing of skin.
How should these oils be applied?
During pregnancy, or weight-lifting, or weight gain, or puberty, or dieting for weight loss, the oils should be rubbed into the affected skin areas, or the areas where you anticipate scarring, several times a day. Massage is the ultimate, most beneficial rubbing that appears under “home remedy” headings. Whether you’re going for a professional massage, or someone at home wants to do it, be sure to have them use a combo of the therapeutic oils listed above, and ask them to concentrate on areas where you have or expect to have stretch marks.
What other home remedies are popular?
Vitamin K aids in blood coagulation (clotting), and is mentioned as a deterrent to the microscopic bleeding that causes the lividity of stretch marks. Topical application of a vitamin K-based lotion is suggested as part of an oil-rubbing regimen.
Foods rich in this vitamin are also recommended: leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, liver and dairy foods.
Zinc is the mineral referred to most often. Zinc-rich foods are suggested, particularly nuts and seeds.
Apricot scrub is referred to as a way to fade established stretch marks.
Muscle-toning exercise is touted by people with serious advice on what works for them in the fight to prevent or reduce stretch marks.
This is self-love through the fingers.
Rubbing and massaging your skin every day, to prevent or diminish something ugly, both expresses and builds self-esteem. So do the toning exercises. Such positive acts could go far to replace a habitual rummage for a snack, or even an exit to the butt-strewn back alley for a self-destructive moment with smoke.