Stretch Marks appear as a result of skin expansion often marked by weight gain. As the skin stretches out, the collagen fibers become damaged and scars that look like lines in the color of white or pinkish-purple appear on the skin. This condition is common among pregnant women. But any other person can also develop stretch marks, which are usually found on the hips, legs, thighs, abdomen, chests or buttocks. This particularly happens when there is a significant weight gain or increase in body volume.
Most people despise the sight of stretch marks on their body and usually feel embarrassed by it. Some pay good money to have these removed with the use of expensive chemical treatments. But there are actually effective, easy, affordable, natural remedies you can do.
Eat Food Rich in Vitamin E, K and C
Your first defense against developing stretch marks is to make sure to include foods rich in Vitamin E, K and C in your diet, as they promote re-growth and healing of tissues. Your skin can rejuvenate better if you regularly eat green and leafy vegetables, some dairy products and tomatoes-based ingredients.
Moisturize With Kitchen Ingredients
Stretch marks can also be easily prevented if the skin is constantly moisturized and kept supple. There are plenty of common kitchen ingredients you can use for this, and what’s great about it is that these are natural and free of toxic chemicals.
A) Aloe Vera is a popular skin remedy that delivers many benefits aside from healing or treating several types of skin diseases. It contains detoxifying ingredients with many restorative elements. When applied or massaged at least times a day in vulnerable areas where the marks are, the muscles are also kept firm and hydrated.
B) Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) contains fatty acids that are actually anti-oxidants. This ingredient reverses free radicals that cause skin damage. It also helps the skin regenerate better. VCO can be applied topically or taken internally.
C) Olive Oil works really well with lesions and stretch marks because it is rich in Vitamin K, D and A. Apply regularly on the skin and massage for at least five minutes. Olive oil also prevents discoloration effectively.
D) Lemon Juice promotes production of collagen fibers and brings back your skin’s natural colors. Since it contains high level of Vitamin C, it also helps with repairing skin tissues.
Stock Up On Aromatic Oils
Aromatic oils or essential oils are sold everywhere and for taming stretch marks, you will need these particular oils: chamomile, jojoba, lavender, almond or avocado. Mix these up with any of your kitchen ingredients listed above for best results.
Do watch for vendors that sell aromatic oils labeled as “fragrance oils”, however, as these are not pure essential oils and may already contain chemicals that strip it off its therapeutic benefits.
According to the National Institute of Health, there really is no specific treatment for getting rid of stretch marks. Some people can be lucky and find that these stretch marks disappear over time, while others may take more patience and perseverance getting rid of it. But with these easy and natural solutions, prevention and elimination is possible.
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