How to Lighten Stretch Marks Quickly and Effectively
In pregnancy, a woman undergoes drastic physical changes before and after the journey. Unfortunately, some of those after effects may include the classic "tiger print", or most popularly known as stretch marks. Some women may appreciate their stretch marks as a part of their bodies, while other women hate the distinct marks on their skin. For the latter case, I'll be showing you some of the best tips on how to lighten stretch marks.
Let's tackle this topic in three sections; how to get rid of stretch marks using natural ingredients; using medical treatment; and using cosmetology treatment.
How to Lighten Stretch Marks Using Natural Ingredients
If you don't have the inclination to using creams or go for laser treatment, you can rummage around in your shelves and find these common household objects that can lighten your stretch marks. They may take some time and more effort to take effect, but they're definitely cheaper than the medical alternatives.
1. Use castor oil
Castor oil is not only used to thicken hair follicles, it can also be used to lighten stretch marks on your belly, legs, breasts, and arms. To use castor oil as your stretch mark eliminator, simply rub a generous amount on the area with stretch marks, massage for a few minutes, wrap snugly in saran wrap, and apply a heating pad on the area for 30 minutes.
Note that you may need to do this daily or every few weeks to see results after a month.
2. Cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is super fragrant and its use to lighten stretch marks can make your sessions more enjoyable. To make your own cocoa butter mixture, combine 3/4 cup cocoa with 1/4 cup vegetable oil before mixing into a smooth blend.
Then, apply to the affected areas liberally, letting the cocoa butter goodness soak into your skin and hydrate your cells. Use 3-4 times a week before showering and wait until a month or so to notice lightening of marks.
3. Aloe vera
The aloe vera plant has a variety of cosmetic uses, including getting rid of stretch marks. If you can purchase an aloe vera plant for your home, I highly recommend you to do so. A plant at home will provide you a plentiful source for your stretch mark lightening.
To use aloe vera plant as a stretch mark lightener, extract the gel from the plants and mix with some Vitamin E gel tablets. Apply this mixture to your marks and massage until the gel dries on your skin. Repeat daily or a few times a week in order to see positive results.
4. Egg whites
Eggs are one of nature's best sources of amino acids. The protein in egg whites can help your skin heal faster, thus lightening some of your stretch marks.
Grab a few eggs from the fridge and separate the whites in a bowl. Afterwards, whisk it with the fork then apply it to your skin, massaging gently with your fingers until the egg whites dry. Then, wash it off with lukewarm water.
5. Healthy lifestyle
Many experts believe that a healthy lifestyle can ultimately help lighten your stretch marks. You can test this out for yourself through incorporation of exercise, balanced diet, and lots of hydration into your everyday living.
Regular exercise, with aerobic exercise focusing on your stretch marked areas (such as legs, arms, and belly) can help tone the muscles underneath. Not only that, regular exercise can help you go back to your pre-pregnancy weight (or even lower!) and generally help you feel great.
A balanced diet and drinking lots of water can also help you lose your stretch marks. A diet with lots of greens, fruits, and protein can prevent further stretching of the skin, plus help tone your body. Water, on the other hand, helps your skin stay hydrated and smooth.
How to Lighten Stretch Marks Using Creams
The cosmetic market has a multitude of products available for the stretch mark lightening purpose alone. Thus, you can find a lot of lotions and creams specifically produced (with the right combination of vitamins, chemicals, and natural ingredients) to lighten your marks.
To help you out with your choice, here are some of the best stretch mark removal creams, in no particular order:
1. Art Naturals Stretch Mark & Scar Removal Cream
A lot of women are satisfied with this product, especially those who gave birth in the Caesarian way--because this product is both a stretch mark lightener and a scar remover! Moreover, it's not as expensive as other creams. For its effectiveness, you can really find the best value in this stretch mark cream.
2. First Botany Arabica Coffee Scrub
If you're looking for a multi-purpose product that also smells like your usual morning coffee, look no further than the First Botany Arabica Coffee Scrub. This product is rich in antioxidants, which boasts to help remove stretch marks, cellulite, wrinkles, acne, eczema, varicose veins, and more women problems--all in one product.
3. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
This cute belly butter is made from shea butter and Vitamin E, ingredients that are effective in healing skin and removing stretch marks. It also boasts minimal chemical use and more on natural ingredients use to moisturize mothers' skin. And that's not even the best part-- the best part is that it costs so much less than other creams on the market!
4. Bio-Oil Liquid Purcellin Oil
If you're looking for another natural and cheap product that can help you lighten scars and stretch marks, here's Bio-Oil's Liquid Purcellin Oil that is hypoallergenic, non-greasy, and is ideal for all skin types.
5. Unrefined Shea Butter by Better Shea Butter
If you're looking for raw, uncut shea butter that can moisturize and heal your skin effectively, here's a product that answers to almost all cosmetic problems. This includes stretch marks, eczema, dry skin, and many more!
You can use this product for a variety of DIY body cream recipes, which further expands its use. Not only that, this product will leave you smelling divine! Plus, it's really affordable for all kinds of moms.
How to Lighten Stretch Marks Using Laser Treatment
If all else fails, or you want to get rid of your stretch marks now, a laser stretch mark removal may be the answer to your prayers. Albeit more expensive than natural and commercial treatment, laser stretch mark removal is proven effective for many women.
The process involves laser-ing off a layer of the skin, which allows it to heal and re-grow without the stretch marks present. The healing process can be quite easy, but the effectiveness depends on each individual client and the age of the stretch marks. Thus, I recommend getting a laser treatment early on.
Stretch marks are part of every pregnancy, and are completely natural (even men have them!). Most women learn to love their stretch marks, but there's nothing wrong with wanting to get rid of them, too. As long as you're happy with what you see in the mirror, then that's all that matters.
In this article, we gave you some options on how to lighten stretch marks. Now, it depends upon your budget and personal preference on as to which method you will choose. Be sure to choose one or two that you can incorporate into your everyday life as a new mom!
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