Stretch marks are visible silver lines on the skin surface. They often arise on the abdominal wall, thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts.
Stretch marks can be small and narrow, but can also cover large areas of the body. Pregnancy is one of the main causes of stretch marks. But even sudden weight gain or weight loss, rapid growth, stress and physical changes can lead to stretch marks.
Our skin consists of 3 main layers: the outer layer (epidermis), the middle layer (dermis) and the lowest layer (hypodermis). Stretch marks form in the middle layer and develop when the connective tissue is “stretched” too quickly beyond its maximum flexibility.
If the skin is stretched excessively, it will weaken the collagen. The normal production cycle of collagen is interrupted and damaged. This leads to fine scars under the upper layer of the skin. Initially, stretch marks have a pink to red color and fade to thin, silver-colored lines over time.
There are a few simple home remedies to naturally reduce and prevent stretch marks.
The acidity in lemon juice helps to naturally reduce stretch marks, remove dead skin cells from the skin and brighten acne scars and other scars.
For the use of lemon juice: Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the stretch marks and gently massage with circular motions. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat the application once a day until the desired result is achieved.
Note: For sensitive skin, lemon water should be diluted with water before use.
Castor oil helps against various types of skin problems. It reduces wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation marks and pimples. It helps remove impurities and dirt from the skin and brighten stretch marks.
Simply apply a little castor oil to the stretch marks and gently massage in with circular movements for 5 to 10 minutes. Wrap the area with a thin cotton cloth and warm the affected area with a grain pillow or hot water bottle for at least 30 minutes. Repeat the procedure daily for at least 1 month.
Note: For sensitive skin, castor oil should be mixed with a carrier oil (such as olive oil or almond oil) before use.
Brown cane sugar
Brown cane sugar is one of the most impressive natural home remedies for stretch marks. It acts as an exfoliant, removes dead skin cells and ensures a soft skin feeling.
For the application of cane sugar: Mix 1 tablespoon brown raw sugar with about ½ tablespoon almond oil and a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply to the stretch marks. Massage the mixture gently for 5 minutes and then rinse under the shower. Repeat the application daily before the shower and perform for at least 1 month.
Aloe Vera provides the skin with plenty of moisture. Its healing and soothing properties support the healing process of the stretch marks and help to brighten them up.
For the use of aloe vera: Cut off an aloe vera leaf, remove the gel from it and spread on the affected area of the skin and massage in. Let it work for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat the application daily until the desired result is achieved.
Cocoa butter nourishes the skin and provides it with plenty of moisture. It improves the appearance of the skin and helps to reduce the stretch marks.
Simply massage the affected area twice a day with cocoa butter and repeat the application for a few months.
Olive oil contains many antioxidants and vitamins that help very well against stretch marks. They provide a soft feeling on the skin, moisturize the skin and help against various types of skin problems and stretch marks.
For the use of olive oil: slightly heat extra virgin olive oil and gently massage in the affected area of the skin. This improves blood circulation and speeds up the healing process. Leave the oil on for 30 minutes so that the vitamins contained in it are absorbed by the skin. Then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat the application daily.
Olive oil can also be mixed with apple cider vinegar and water and used as a night cream. This provides the skin with plenty of moisture while eliminating dead skin cells.
There are several home remedies to naturally reduce stretch marks. In addition to these home remedies, it is important to drink enough water. The water helps to detoxify the body and gives the skin more elasticity.