There are many natural ways to both treat and prevent stretch marks, and this page is just absolutely jam-packed with information!
This is an important part of the process because it helps to eliminate dead skin cells and even out the scarring with the rest of the skin. There are a thousand ways to exfoliate your skin, but here are just a few;
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The human body is made up of mostly water, without drinking enough water, your skin is the first to suffer and moisture is pulled from it.
Without the moisture your skin's elasticity suffers and promotes stretch marks. The average person loses 1 liter of water per day, just by doing nothing. If you exercise or do any kind of activity you lose more, so you need to drink 8-10 glasses minimum per day.
Drinking plentiful amounts of water will keep your skin soft, supple, and more able to stretch.
Not only will this make your skin look great, but drinking a good amount of water can help flush your system of toxins and help you lose weight!
While this may seem like a fairly obvious answer, it is important to know the best kinds of moisturizers to use.
Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Emu Oil, Vitamin E, and Coconut oil - I created my own body butter using these ingredients, it moisturized my skin, reduced the appearance of the marks, and faded some completely.
It's important to note that raw cocoa butter isn't what you would typically find and buy on the shelf of your local store. What you find in the most popular stretch mark creams are highly refined products. When a product is highly refined, it is no longer the natural healer that it would be so you don't get all of the benefits.
Another great moisturizer;
I love shea butter for dry skin of any type, I've found that it works better at healing dry skin and evening out skin tone. I typically mix raw shea butter with raw cocoa butter, because I'm not too fond of the way raw shea butter smells (it has a smoked nut smell).
One thing I've done recently was added shea butter, cocoa butter, and tea tree oil - the smell isn't the best, but it seems to be doing a great job at reducing the look of my stretch marks.
Another oil that I love is;
EFFECTS OF THE SUN:
Don't lay in the sun for long periods of time - this will dry the skin out more, and make it harder for the skin to heal.
A FINAL NOTE ON MOISTURIZERS:
Don't use moisturizers with a bunch of chemicals that you cannot pronounce. If you can't pronounce it, then why put it on your body?
Most of the time these additives actually harm the skin and cause them to dry out and become brittle.
Special Note: I use Amazon online to purchase ready to go products so I can maintain my natural skin care regime at all times, e.g travelling, working long hours, unable to get to the store... It is a good alternative without compromising my ideals.
I've found that essential oils are one of the most important things to create fading stretch marks. I created an oil using the following ingredients and used it twice a day. It took 2 weeks for me to notice any results with it, but then once it started happening my stretch marks faded quickly. Some of them started growing new skin on top of the stretch marks making it blend in that much more - talk about awesome.
Here's the formula;
A NOTE ABOUT RAW AND UNREFINED PRODUCTS
Why do we recommend raw and unrefined body butters and oils? When a product is raw or unrefined it means it has been extracted without the use of chemicals and no chemicals or preservatives have been added.
This leaves the product in its natural state, full of minerals and benefits that will leave you with very satisfying and healthy results.
Not only will it leave your skin happy and healthy, but it tends to work faster than unnatural or highly refined/processed body butters or lotions. Homemade lotions with high quality ingredients are much safer for your body and the environment.
Remember; what goes on your body, goes in your body. If you treat your body well, it will treat you well!
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