As women, we have been encouraged to embrace our stretch marks, to call them our “tiger stripes” and let them be a reminder of how strong we are and what we have been through.
While that works for some women, others would like to be strong minus the visual reminders. For those of us who would rather see marks disappear, there are a number of natural remedies for stretch marks that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Roll stretch marks away with a Derma Roller
At first, the idea of using a Derma Roller can be intimidating due to the hundreds of microscopic needles used to puncture the skin to induce collagen production. Those who have used this method say it doesn’t hurt, and that they have had amazing results.
The Derma Roller depends on the skins natural healing ability, as the tiny needles create puncture wounds causing the skin works to heal itself, scar free. This video explains the process for stretch mark reduction and other uses for the roller in greater detail.
Banish marks with potatoes
It seems as though the uses for a potato are endless, from delicious sides to stretch mark reduction. Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and starches found in a potato work together to encourage healthy skin regrowth.
Free radicals in our skin lead to damaged skin and cell death. WebMD describes free radicals as “once-healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Free radicals damage cells, leading to, among other things, premature wrinkles”.
The antioxidants in a potato act to destroy the free radicals and allow the molecules necessary for healthy skin to have a chance to make a comeback.
Not just for sunburn, repair skin with Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is another natural source of vitamins that do wonders to moisturize and heal skin. And because it is all natural and has no negative side effects, it is impossible to use this gel like substance.
Restore healthy skin with Rose Hip Seed Oil
Full of fatty acids and vitamin C, Rose Hip Seed Oil is easily absorbed into the skin and can help to reduce discoloration resulting from stretch marks. It is even thought to stimulate your skin’s regenerative abilities, helping it to heal scarring.
Although an oil, Rosehip Seed Oil is very light and won’t leave the skin oily or clog pores. Livestong.com suggests using Rosehip Seed Oil as a carrier oil for other skin soothing essential oils such as neroli, lavender, lemongrass and frankincense oils.
Bleach and heal stretch marks with Lemon Juice
Lemon juice helps the growth of cells due to it’s Vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an absorpic acid, which means that it helps the body produce collagen. Nearly 30% of the protein in the body is made up of collagen, which assist in helping cells grow and helps the skin to stay strong and firm.
Lemon is also a bleaching agent, which will assist in reducing the red or purple tint that often accompany stretch marks. While lemon juice may take a while to show results, it really does work.
So the results are up to you. If you remain diligent with applying lemon juice to your stretch marks, you will see results.
Make a soothing Coco Shea Butter DIY cream
Shea butter, when combined with Vitamin E oil creates a stretch mark fighting combination that is hard to match. Loaded with antioxidants and natural moisturizers, free radicals have no chance at continuing to harm your skin.
Utilize this simple recipe from Wellness Mama to help prevent further cell damage and to rejuvenate previously damaged cells.
Help fight scars and restore elasticity with Castor Oil
Castor oil is a fantastic choice for your fight against stretch marks as it not only stimulates collagen production, but elastin. Elastin is the protein that allows your skin to stretch, like elastic, and returning the property to stretched out skin will help it to achieve it’s previous tight state.
Good Health Academy recommends adding a small amount of almond oil to pure castor oil and massaging it into affected areas. Then, wrap the area in a cotton cloth and leave it on for 10-20 minutes to allow the benefits to be fully absorbed.
They also mention that adding a heating pad to the area can help to speed up the healing process. Castor oil is a fantastic addition to any wellness routine, as it’s healing properties extend well beyond stretch marks, to acne, sunburn, dry skin, some infections and even ring worm!
The incredible, stretch mark reducing egg
Egg whites contain Amino Acids, and when applied to the skin those Amino Acids will soak in, and help the skin heal and again have a youthful appearance. The best way to apply egg whites to the affected skin is to use at least 2 organic egg whites, and whip them with a fork until they are foamy.
Spread the foam on your skin and leave it be for a few minutes, or until dry. Wiki.how recommends using a makeup brush or a sponge for application. Gently remove the eggs and utilize one of the stretch mark remedies that is a moisturizer afterwards.
Scrub away stretch marks with a Sugar Scrub DIY
Sugar scrub is a luxurious bath product you can make at home, and use all over your body! Besides the natural consistency of sugar, the glycolic acid found in sugar will help to break down and remove dead skin cells, which will encourage the growth of healthy, new skin.
This is a great time to use a combination of stretch mark blasting ingredients, with a sugar scrub recipe by A Pumpkin and a Princess that also includes lemon. Keep in your bath and use several times a week to see a reduction in stretch marks!
Gelatin, better than Botox?
Gelatin has several health benefits from joints to hair, nails, and digestion. The catch is that will collagen, it must be consumed to be helpful as collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin.
Gelatin is vitamin and nutrient dense, and basically collagen in powder form. The collagen boost to our bodies will assist in repairing cells that transport water and other necessary nutrients to the skin. When these cells are healthy and able to properly do their job, skin is repaired and renewed.
There is really no way to go wrong with an addition of gelatin in your diet. It is important to know that many of the desert aisle “gelatin” products are not real gelatin, but a gelatin replacement. To get real gelatin, look to things like homemade bone broth or gelatin supplements.
Are You Ready to Get Rid of Those Stretch Marks?
When you have decided to take back your skin and utilize one of these home remedies for stretch marks, pick the remedy that looks like something that will work for you, and one that you will easily stick with.
Several of the items, like potatoes and lemon juice you may already have in your kitchen. If you have decided to try something you will have to order in, like the Derma Roller, go ahead and start with something you can use today. Also remember that it is possible to do more than one technique at once!
Maybe you could try lemons, and once you wash the juice off you could moisturize with Rose Hip Seed Oil. Whatever you do, stay diligent and remember that you didn’t get your stretch marks overnight.
It will take time and patience, but with the right ingredients and the tips you picked up here, your skin can make a recovery.