What are stretch marks and why do we get them?
Stretch marks are white or purple lines made from distension, which is in fact the tearing of the dermis, the versatile middle stratum that keeps the shape of the skin. The tearing is triggered by the pulling that happens with accelerated development of any kind. Examples include weight gain, pregnancy, quick muscle growth, post-puberty growth spurts and other speedy transformations that cause the skin to lose its elasticity.
Although our skin is elastic and adaptable to many changes, stretch marks are inevitable for many. If you’ve been pregnant and you have them, you’re in good company. About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. If your mother had stretch marks, then you’re more likely to have them too, since genetics plays a role.
Are there any ways to decrease the appearance of stretch marks?
Yes! Believe it or not some of the most effective ways to get rid of your stretch marks are by using the simplest ingredients from your kitchen. Here are a few:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera repairs any skin damage and therefore it is quite useful in treating stretch marks. You can use aloe vera gel to massage the affected area on daily basis. Instead of using an artificial creams, aloe vera will provide the most beneficial vitamins and nutrients for your skin.
2. Egg Whites
Egg whites contain amino acids and proteins that some find can heal the skin, restoring it to a smooth and youthful appearance. You can use them as a mask, leave them for a few minutes to dry and then wash your skin.
Using potato juice on your skin can restore damaged skin cells. Take medium potatoes and cut them into pieces. Keep in mind that each piece should contain enough juice. Use each piece to rub the skin and drain the juice of potatoes on your skin.
Take some cane sugar and mix it with almond oil. Apply this to the skin texture and leave it on for a few minutes. You will see results in time and your stretch marks will begin to fade.
5. Olive Oil
You can apply olive oil after every bath on your skin to keep it elastic, hydrated and moisturized, and it will effectively reduce stretch marks and protect your skin. All the antioxidants and vitamin E in the olive oil will play a role in skin nourishment.
6. Lemon Juice and Vitamin C
You can use fresh lemon juice and apply it on your stretch marks to help fade their intensity. If you are unable or unwilling to use vitamin C in a topical form, you could also take it as an oral supplement. Take 500 mg of vitamin C three times a day for notable results.
7. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is an amazing moisturizer, full of nutrients and fatty acid content which is a perfect treat for dry and damaged skin. To get the best results you have to be persistent and apply cocoa butter twice a day for a few months.
Our advice is always to take care of your skin and use the above given methods daily to have glowing and healthy skin. Remember to keep yourself hydrated, drink a lot of water which will purify your skin, and keep it elastic and shine from the inside out.