Stretch marks come about as a result of rapid weight loss or rapid weight gain. Even though these marks are natural, a lot of people do not like to live with them. There are various measures you can take to help you get rid of the marks. You may have to try out a couple of methods first before you find the one that works best for you.
Sugar with lemon juice
Sugar is considered a natural exfoliate. Its coarse texture makes it suitable to be used as an exfoliating agent. It is used to get rid of dead skin cells. To use sugar on stretch marks, mix one tablespoon of sugar with a few drops of lemon juice and almond oil. Rub the mixture in the affected area, leave it on for a few minutes and then wash off with warm water. Repeat this exercise regularly and you will see results within a month.
Lemon juice is effective due to its bleaching properties and its acidity which, helps to reduce scars on the skin and make them less visible. Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and then massage the juice on the affected area. You can then rinse off the juice with warm water. For added healing properties, add some bit of cucumber juice to the lemon juice. Repeat this procedure every day and you will start noticing a difference on your skin.
Potato juice has lots of vitamins and minerals, making it instrumental in the repair of skin cells. This makes it quite suitable for treating stretch marks. To use it, cut a raw potato into slices and then rub a slice of raw potato on your skin for a few minutes. Leave the juice to dry on your skin and then rinse off with clean water.
Egg whites are rich in proteins and amino acids, which have healing properties that result in skin repair. To prepare the mixture, use egg whites from one or more eggs, depending on how large the affected area is. Beat the egg whites into a bowl. Spread the mixture on your skin using your fingers. Apply generous amounts of egg white on the area. Leave to dry for about ten minutes before washing off with warm water. Pat the area dry with a towel then apply some olive oil. Do this three times a day, everyday and you will start noticing results.
Get some apricots, cute them up and deseed them. Grind the apricots until they form a smooth paste. Massage this paste onto your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash of the area with warm water. Repeat this process daily for a month.
Drinking lots of water will help your skin to regain its elasticity and diminish the visibility of the marks on your skin. Drink eight to ten glasses of water or about two liters of water daily. Eating a well balanced diet also helps to give your body the nutrition its needs for a health skin and body.
Take vitamin C
Eat plenty of foods that are rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits. This will help to reduce marks on your skin. This method is more effective if vitamin C is taken alongside glycolic acid. Taking foods rich in proteins and zinc, such as nuts, and proteins also helps to reduce stretch marks.
Use a loofah
A loofah is a fibrous material made that is found in gourd plants. It is spongy in nature. This sponge is usually hard when dry and soft when wet. Due to its exfoliating properties, it is often used as a scrubber when showering. Using a loofah helps to eradicate dead skin cells and other dirt from the surface of the skin.
Using a loofah on a daily basis when showering will come in handy in reducing stretch marks. Massage the affected area with the loofah when showering. Just remember to clean it well after use as it can harbor a lot of bacteria.
Castor oil can be used to remove stretch marks, as well as other spots on the skin. Rub a small amount of the oil on the area with spots for ten minutes. Then use a piece of cotton cloth to cover the area and apply heat on the area using a hot water bottle. Do this for a few minutes daily. There will be a noticeable difference within a month.
Obtain almond oil by soaking almonds in milk until they become soft. Crush the almonds, together with the raw milk to obtain a smooth paste. Apply this paste onto your skin and leave to dry then rinse it off with clean water. Massage almond oil on your skin when you are going to sleep at night. This will give your skin adequate time to absorb it. Almond is rich in vitamin E. This will help to make your skin more elastic and supple.
Olive oil is high in vitamin E. This makes it suitable for your skin as it softens it and restores its elasticity. Applying it on a regular basis help to reduce stretch marks.
Mix lemon juice with a few drops of glycerin. Massage this on your skin gently. Do this twice a day. This will keep your skin moisturized and reduce marks.
Aloe Vera has a soothing and healing effect on the skin. Get Aloe Vera leaves and apply the juice on your skin. Leave it to dry and then clean it off with warm water. Do this every day.
Exercise on a regular basis. This will help to tone your muscles and minimize stretch marks. Some exercise you can do include swimming, jogging and yoga.
If any skin irritation occurs as a result of any of the methods you have tried out, discontinue using that particular method and try out something else. You may also want to talk to a dermatologist to make recommendations on what might work best for you.