A common problem for both men and women, stretch marks are stubborn and they can affect your confidence. Whether it’s due to pregnancy or sudden weight gain, this is one beauty woe that can be commonly seen on the waist, thighs, lower backs, hips, breasts, arms, and buttocks.
Typically, stretch marks appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. These lines are a different color and texture than your normal skin, and they range from purple to bright pink to light gray. They occur when the dermal layer of the skin is suddenly overstretched, as in the case of pregnancy or sudden weight gain.
While they aren’t an indication of ill health, their appearance can be rather ugly and downright embarrassing.
Today, we will tell you the best remedies to make these stretch marks less visible. From aloe vera, rosehip oil, potato juice, cocoa butter to honey and more…
1. Sugar Scrub
Sugar is a natural physical exfoliant. This means it can work off dead skin cells, boosting the health and appearance of your skin and even allowing skincare products to penetrate more deeply.
You can make a simple sugar scrub at home that can help fade away stretch marks. Combine 1 cup sugar with ¼ cup of a softening agent, like almond oil or coconut oil. Mix to create a thick, coarse consistency like wet sand. Add some lemon juice. Scrub this mixture over stretch marks for 8 to 10 minutes, and then rinse.
Use it several times a week until the marks fade. Do you prefer buying cosmetics from the store or making your own at home? Which one out of the two do you think is more effective?
2. Rosehip Oil
Rose bushes aren’t just pretty. When their blooms die on the plant, they leave behind tiny edible fruits. These fruits called rose hips, can be used to create tea or oil. Since rose hips contain vitamins A and C, there’s anecdotal evidence that they may help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
A 2013 study showed that rosehip oil was more effective than a placebo at reducing the severity of new stretch marks on pregnant women with existing stretch marks. Try applying it as a moisturizer or directly onto your stretch marks.
3. Aloe Vera
The stalky green leaves of aloe vera store water and nutrients. These components contribute to its healing properties, as well as its ability to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
A 2018 study found that aloe vera and sweet almond oil helped reduce itching caused by stretch marks unrelated to pregnancy.
Since scratching can make scarring worse, aloe vera could be a simple solution to soothe stretch marks and help skin heal faster. If you have this plant at home, break off one of the stalks and rub the gooey insides on your stretch marks. Don’t rinse off the residue.
Alternately, you can buy 100 percent aloe vera gel and rub it onto your stretch marks once a day.
4. Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is a wonderful skincare ingredient and can get rid of every skin woe such as dry skin, dark circles, and stretch marks. With some celebs swearing by this wonder oil after their pregnancy, we can safely say that it does the trick in no time.
Rich in Vitamin E and other essential nutrients, almond oil deeply moisturizes the affected areas, supports cell health, reduces redness of the marks, and eliminates stretch marks with time.
Heat some almond oil and massage your skin with it in a circular motion. Let it be absorbed by the skin. Repeat this twice every day and follow up with a moisturizer.
5. Potato Juice
An effective remedy to treat dark circles, potato juice can help you get rid of stretch marks too. Yes, that’s right. They are rich in starch and are full of other skin lightening enzymes that help to lighten scars and blemishes that are there on the skin.
Also, catecholase is a bleaching agent present in potatoes which heals the scars and gives you brighter skin. Grate a potato finely and extract juice by squeezing it. Mix the juice with the grated pulp and apply the pack over the stretch marks. Let it dry for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water.
Regular application of this juice will reduce the visibility of stretch marks and give you spotless, healthy-looking skin.
6. Glycolic Acid
You might be oblivious to this skincare ingredient but let us tell you that it does a stellar job at making the stretch marks disappear for good. Not very popular, but an effective method to remove stretch marks is to apply glycolic acid on them.
It is a natural fruit acid known as AHA, which moisturizes the skin and boosts collagen. This helps in treating the stretch marks and making them less visible. For those who have pigmented stretch marks, like red or purple, this can help you big time.
The best part is that It is safe for pregnant women and is easily available in the market.
Apply a small amount of glycolic acid over the stretch marks at night before going to bed and wash it in the morning. Avoid going out in the sun with this acid on your skin, since when exposed to sunlight, it can cause sunburn. So, the best time to apply is at night time.
7. Cocoa Butter
Derived from cocoa beans, super-hydrating cocoa butter seeps deep into the skin, allowing it to retain moisture.
This fades the appearance of stretch marks over time. Apply a generous amount of it to your stretch marks and massage it into the skin.
Do this once or twice per day, especially after showering.
8. Castor Oil
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid and other ingredients that have a moisturizing effect on the skin. This can help improve the appearance of stretch marks.
Take 1-2 tablespoons of cold-pressed castor oil. Massage it onto the affected area. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next day.
Do this every day before going to bed for best results.
9. Baking Soda And Lemon Juice
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant while lemon has bleaching properties that lighten the skin. Baking soda helps remove the dead skin cells which help remove stretch marks. Lemon reduces the redness and makes them less visible.
The mixture of these two has proven to be an effective and quick way to remove stretch marks. All you need is one tablespoon of baking soda, fresh juice of half a lemon, and cling wrap.
You can use a kitchen roll for this. Mix both the ingredients and apply them to stretch marks. Cover it with the cling wrap and rinse after 20 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to first test it.
Apply a small amount of the mixture on your arm and leave for 10 minutes, and if it doesn’t react or itches, then apply it to all the affected areas.
This sweetening product has antiseptic properties that work in reducing stretch marks. Take a small cloth and apply honey to it. Place the cloth on the affected area and let it remain until it drys.
Finally, rinse off using warm water. You can also prepare honey scrub by mixing it with salt and glycerin.
Apply it on the stretch marks, leave until it dries, and rinse off using water. Honey is a miracle liquid that can do wonders for your body if taken daily.
11. Vitamin A
Retinoids have been known to remove stretch marks and give you youthful skin. Vitamin A retinol helps repair the skin cells making them softer and younger-looking. This is the reason why it is widely used in many skin care creams and lotions.
Intake of Vitamin A can help make your skin firmer and fade away the stretch marks. You can either eat Vitamin A orally or extract the vitamin A oil from the capsule and apply it on the affected areas every night before hitting the sack.
You can also include foods rich in this vitamin, like eggs, milk, green leafy vegetables, and tomato in your meals to heal the skin quicker.
12. Tea Tree Oil
You may have heard of tea tree oil as a remedy to get rid of acne and heal scars, but it can do more than that. It can help remove any type of skin troubles, including stretch marks, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Regular use of tea tree oil prevents the occurrence of stubborn stretch marks. Treat your skin with this oil to make your stretch marks less visible over time. Another simple home-made treatment is to mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a half teaspoon of olive oil and massage the oil gently all over the stretch marks.
You can also add some coconut oil or vitamin E oil to it. Leave it on all night and wash off the next day.
When eaten, turmeric has plenty of benefits for pregnant women, including the ability to decrease swelling and inflammation. It turns out that curcumin, the active ingredient in this yellow spice, can also treat stretch marks when applied to the skin.
Just mix turmeric powder or crushed turmeric root into the water, lemon juice, or coconut oil to form a paste.
Apply on stretch marks once or twice a day. Have you ever lost or gained weight suddenly? Did it cause you stretch marks? Let us know in the comments section below!