Stretch marks are frustrating for some. While there are those who see them as badges of honor, many of us feel like when it comes to shorts and swimsuit season, we want to hide them.
A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. When the dermis becomes stretched for long periods of time, it can break down. This is why so many women who are pregnant develop them and at such a rapid rate. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture.
Any rapid weight gain or weight loss will produce similar results. Stretch marks can begin with a purplish coloration, eventually becoming glossy and developing a streaked look.
They can develop on both men and women, and are typically found on the thighs, hips, abdomen, breasts, lower back and upper arms.
What can you do to prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks?
While there are surgical methods that are often used after the fact, there are also natural preventative options that you can try at home. In fact, making your own stretch mark cream is not difficult at all!
My DIY stretch mark cream has many moisturizing properties and can even be used as a hand cream. It’s composed of several beneficial ingredients.
- 6 TBSP Raw Shea Butter: Proven to help cell regeneration and soften the skin
- 2 TBSP Coconut oil: Coconut oil is able to access your skin on a deeper level than your average product because of its low molecular weight and the way it’s able to bond with proteins.
- 2 broken gel caps or ten drops Vitamin E: Promotes healing and reduces inflammation.
- *20 drops Lavender Oil: Lavender oil is both an antioxidant for skin and an antimicrobial. Not to mention its soothing qualities.
*ONLY USE IF NOT EXPECTING OR TRYING TO CONCEIVE!
Step 1: Mix together 6 tablespoons each of shea butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Step 2: Add 10 drops of vitamin E oil.`OR 2 full gel caps (break them)
Step 3: Place mixture in a thick bottomed glassware and stir over low heat until melted.
Step 4: When the mixture is melted, whip with a whisk and then remove from heat.
Step 5: *ONLY IF NOT PREGNANT Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil and whip until well mixed.
Step 6: Store stretch mark cream in an airtight container, and place in refrigerator for about an hour to solidify.
Step 7: Massage the stretch mark cream regularly on any area where you want to avoid stretch marks. (I recommend the sides, breasts, tummy, and top area of thighs.)
While this makes a good amount of balm, as I like to call it, you could easily double the recipe. An all-natural stretch mark cream/balm that actually works! With no parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, or any other junk.
For best results:
- Use the product on early stretch marks. If you are trying to conceive, start then! The treatments for stretch marks seem to have little effect on mature stretch marks.
- Once you start to notice your stretch marks, massage the balm into your existing stretch marks. If you take the time to massage the product gently and slowly into your skin it will make it more effective.
- Apply the product every single day.
Watch as Donna walks you through the recipe in our latest tip on the Teeny Tiny Treatments YouTube channel.