Most of us will get stretch marks at some point in our lives. They could be due to a growth spurt at puberty, to pregnancy, or to weight gain at any point in your life. Stretch marks are unpredictable, hard to avoid, and equally hard to get rid of. But with these 5 natural remedies, you can hope to lessen their appearance so they’re not nearly as visible. Here take a look to our 5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Stretch Marks
Exfoliate using a sugar scrub
People swear by sugar scrubs as an easy, natural way to lessen the appearance of stretch marks. So how does it work? It’s actually pretty simple. Sugar can remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, making it thinner and letting healthy new skin grow. Exfoliating regularly encourages your skin to regenerate faster, which can help stretch marks to fade more rapidly.
One of the best things about using a sugar scrub is that you can actually make it at home with only a few ingredients. To make a large quantity of sugar scrub, mix together a cup of coconut oil and a half cup of cane sugar. Mix them well and add a few drops of essential oils for scent if you’d like. This easy sugar scrub will keep for at least a month. And because it contains large amounts of coconut oil, it’s also very moisturizing!
Use lemon juice on your stretch marks
Research shows that lemon juice has a gentle “bleaching” effect that can improve unevenness in skin coloration. For example, this means that lemon juice can help people with freckles who want to make their marks less visible. The same principle applies for people with stretch marks. When you apply lemon juice to your stretch marks, it can help them to fade more rapidly.
At first, using lemon juice directly on your skin can feel weird. However, it’s actually a pretty simple and easy remedy you get used to fast. Just squeeze a lemon and spread the juice all over your stretch marks before hopping into the shower. Leave it on for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until it has had time to dry. Then, simply rinse it off in the shower and moisturize when you get out for maximum benefits.
Boost your diet with vitamin A
Research has found that vitamin A can do wonders for people with stretch marks. One way to use it is to use retinoid creams that contain a synthetic form of vitamin A. But if you want to stick to more natural methods, we would recommend taking vitamin A orally instead. What does it mean? Essentially, just eating a lot of sweet potato, carrots, oranges, and leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale.
Not only are these foods great for you, but they also contain high amounts of vitamin A that can help your skin in lots of ways. For example, they can prevent acne, keep your skin moisturized, and even out skin color in a way that can fade stretch marks.
Apply CBD-infused cream
Moisturizing is key when you suffer from stretch marks. But what’s better than ar moisturizer? One that’s been infused with CBD! As research has shown, CBD has anti-inflammatory and softening properties that can make it great for people with stretch marks. In particular, it seems to be able to improve skin elasticity in a way that lessens the appearance of scars. So while there’s no research showing CBD works on stretch marks so far, there’s plenty of reasons to believe that it does!
To use CBD-infused cream on your stretch marks, you could use a ready-made product (there are lots of amazing ones on the market!), or make your own by adding a few drops of CBD oil to the cream or lotion you’re already using. One of the things we like most about CBD is that it also has a lot of other benefits. So as well as making your skin softer and improving the appearance of stretch marks, using CBD-infused cream can also relieve redness, inflammation, and any itching you may be feeling. It’s also a very versatile product to keep on hand, as you can use it for bug bites, sunburn, migraine pain, and much more.
Moisturize with coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the best moisturizing ingredients we recommend to people with stretch marks. Not only does it improve skin moisture and elasticity, but it’s also been shown to improve skin coloration. Coconut oil has been used for hundreds of years to help people with scarring, sun marks, and other uneven skin problems. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
We recommend using coconut oil pure, directly on your stretch marks. You can also use body butters or lotions that contain coconut oil but do make sure that all of the other ingredients they contain are natural. For example, try to stay away from products that contain alcohol and artificial fragrance.
If you’re trying to help your stretch marks fade faster, there are lots of easy ways to do that. For most of the options we’ve mentioned in this list, you already have the ingredients you need at home! So give them a try and be patient, it can take several weeks to see a real difference. But if you keep up with it, you’ll be amazed at the wonders these natural remedies can do.