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Stretch marks – causes and treatments

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Hi Skinvestors,

Stretch marks can be very stubborn and frustrating. We should all be aware of the causes and treat them with natural homemade remedies. Stretch marks are the result of rapid stretching of the skin due to sudden growth or weight gain.

Here are few causes of stretch marks:

  1. Stretch marks are common during pregnancy.
  2. Rapid weight gain during a short period of time.
  3. During puberty, on boys, stretch marks appear on the shoulders and back. In case of girls during puberty, they appear on their hips, thighs and breasts.
  4. Heredity conditions.
  5. Medical conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome and Marfan syndrome.

Following are the top 10 Natural Remedies that have absolutely no side effects to Reduce Stretch Marks:

1.Potato juice
Potato contains starch, a product with emollient properties that soothes the skin. The presence of antioxidants in potatoes helps remove stretch marks. Antioxidants are chemicals that transfer electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent and they can prevent or slow cell damage. After the formation, free reactive radicals start a chain reaction which can cause damage or death to a cell. Antioxidants are molecules that can interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Potato is a great source of Vitamin C, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zin

Ingredients:

Potato – 1 (medium sized)

Lukewarm water

Knife

Directions: At first cut a potato into thick sized slices. Rub the slices gently over the stretch marks. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and thereafter wash off with lukewarm water.

2.Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the most well known remedies for stretch marks. Aloe Vera leaves secrete a clear gel when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied to heal wounds and it also contains plant collagen which immensely helps repair the skin. Collagen is one of the most important proteins that make our skin elastic, supple and youthful. Collagen is really beneficial to the skin as they help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, reverse age of skin, tighter skin, plump up skin and also improve the elasticity of skin.

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera leaf

water

Directions: Remove the outer layer of the aloe vera leaf and bring out the sticky gel from the inside of the leaf. Then use the gel on stretch marks and wash off with water after two or three hours.

3.Lemon juice
Lemon juice is one of the most well known stretch marks removal home remedy. It is a great source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid which ensures the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids and produces almost 30% of the proteins with in the body. They are found in strong structures of the body like in tendons, bones and ligaments. It helps the growth of cells and blood vessels and aids immensely to maintain the firmness and strength of the skin. Lemon juice also acts as a natural remedy for tan removal.

Ingredients:

Lemon – 1

Warm water

Directions: Divide the lemons into two halves and then take half piece of lemon and rub it on the stretch marks. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.

4.Black tea
Black tea is rich in vitamins B, C and E, and is a great source of minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc. It boosts the immune system, eliminates free radicals, prevents cancer, stimulates the brain and nervous system, improves the digestive tract, strengthens the bone and connective tissue, increases energy and aids in weight loss too. B complex Vitamins increase beauty by improving the state of our hair, skin, and nails. Vitamin B12 helps regulate our skin’s pigment production and also prevents hyper-pigmentation and age spots.

Ingredients:

Black Tea Powder – 2 tablespoons

Salt – 1 Teaspoon

Directions: Boil 2 tablespoons of black tea and 1 teaspoon of salt in water for 2 minutes. Leave it to cool and apply it on the stretch marks.

5.Olive oil
Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps to neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals that damage collagen and it is the main reason of wrinkles, fine lines and skin dryness. Vitamin E reduces the chain reaction of free radicals. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis and reduces wrinkles and fine lines naturally and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

Ingredient:

Olive oil

Directions: Massage slightly warm pure olive oil on the stretch marks and there after wash off with water.

6.Sugar
Sugar is one of the best home remedies to get rid of stretch marks. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxic acid that stimulates the skin and helps generate younger and fresher looking skin. Sugar’s small particles are used in a number of body scrubs to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Alpha hydroxic acids are used to treat extremely dry skin, a condition that causes darkening of the skin. It reduces acne and sun burn.

Ingredients:

Sugar – 1 tea spoon

Almond oil

Lemon juice

Directions: Mix sugar, almond oil and lemon juice and stir it for 5 minutes. Apply it to the stretch marks and rub it for 10 minutes and there after wash off with water.

Skinvestors, we hope you will apply these home remedies to reduce the appearance and also prevent stretch marks from appearing and always invest in your skin.

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