Stretch marks are scars that occur on the skin due to sudden change in the body size. They occur, especially during puberty, pregnancy and rapid weight gain or loss. About 90 per cent of pregnant women experience stretch marks around the hips, abdomen and thighs, while in the situation of weight gain or loss; they might appear on the hands, sides, breast and below the thighs.
Stretch marks affect women’s natural beauty and for others, their self-confidence.
While stretch marks cannot be totally eliminated, you can use the following homemade solutions.
Regular exercise and meditation: These will balance the hormone level and hence, reduce stretch marks.
Drink: Drink six to eight glasses of water to flush out toxins from the body and hence, boost the skin texture and appearance. Blend celery, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, lemon or ginger and drink the juice.
Lotion: Research shows that applying cocoa butter lotion on the stretch marks and massaging for two to three minutes helps. This also improves blood circulation in the body and reduces the accumulation of toxins. Aloe Vera gel also has natural healing components. It exfoliates the skin, which enables regeneration and replacement of damaged cells.
oatmeal and lime
Oatmeal and lime juice: Apply a paste of oatmeal and lime juice on the stretch marks and let it stay for at least 15 minutes. Do this twice each day and you soon notice a lightening of your skin and the elimination of stretch marks in the process. For effective results, apply the paste overnight. You can also mix lime juice with aloe vera and apply the liquid on the marks. Lime juice is acidic and hence acts as a bleaching agent.
If the stretch marks are due to weight loss, gain some weight by eating healthy and not skipping meals. But if they are as a result of being overweight, cut down on fatty foods and exercise regularly.
If pregnant, seek further clarifications from your healthcare practitioner before applying any adopting any remedy.