Stretch marks are visible streaks or stripes on the skin, caused by distension of the skin from obesity or during pregnancy. They are mainly found in the abdominal wall, but can also occur on your thighs, upper arms, bottom and breasts.
Stretch marks are traditionally associated with pregnancy, however sudden weight loss or gain, stress, heredity factors and changes in physical conditions can cause them as well.
1. Castor Oil:
Castor oil is known to have many beneficial effects on the skin, so you can safely use it to get rid of your stretch marks. Warm this oil and massage it gently for about 15 minutes, forming circles on your skin and then wrap the area in thin cotton. Apply a little heat to this area for about 30 minutes. Do this for a month for maximum results.
Cut a thick slice of potato and rub it over the stretch marks and massage in circular motions with the slice for a few minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes before you wash off with normal water. Doing this daily can help fade off the stretch marks quickly.
3. Cocoa Butter:
It’s a common belief that cocoa butter can prevent or minimize the appearance of stretch marks since it provides moisture and vitamins to the skin. However, a double-blind study found that cocoa butter by itself was not very effective on stretch marks. Combining cocoa butter with wheat germ, beeswax, vitamin E oil, and apricot kernel and applying the concoction to the marks three times each day may produce good results.
Sugar in its natural white form is the best remedy to combat stretch marks. It is highly used as an exfoliating agent. A tbsp of sugar mixed with almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice can be applied over the stretch marks to get effective results. A regular practice of this process needs to be done for at least a month to see visible results.