First off it is important to even understand what stretch marks are and how we get them. When the skin is pulled by rapid grow or is stretched that’s when we get stretch marks. Even though our skin has collagen and our skin can stretch, but when it is stretched more than normal it tears a layer in the dermis which is the middle layer our skin and we get scars called Stretch Marks.
There are many inexpensive methods you can use for your stretch marks that you can find in your home and drugstores; that can be just as effective as those expensive creams out there. Key point is being disciplined and starting right when they are fresh for the most effective results.
Fresh stretch marks are reddish purplish in color. Let’s start off with drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. I notice my skin was so soft, clean and even when I started drinking water, reason being is water is like an internal moisturizer for your skin. Water will hydrate your tissue and keep it from produces collagen at its normal rate. Also watch what you eat. Eating fruits and salads which are rich in vitamins, having good nutrition can correct the balance your body. Exercise can also help to reduce the look of stretch marks. As I lost weight I felt like my stretch marks were less visible.
Exfoliating is a good idea for more effective result. Since exfoliating removes layer of your dead skin, and you can work your way through to where your stretch marks are. Some stretch marks can be deep in areas that are sensitive so don’t be too rough with yourself. You can use any exfoliate you would like some home remedies which are inexpensive and effective are sea salt, apricot, oatmeal, and ground coffee, add olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon to make it into a paste.
Moisturizing and Hydrating I feel is the most important part. The best time to moisturize is right after the shower. Since your pores open, and will soak more of the moisturizer compared to just sitting on the skin. Make sure you take your time to massage it into the skin, to create circulation also. Some of the best home remedies and drug store stuff I bought that worked amazing for me was:
- Shea Butter
- Coco Butter
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Castor Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Jojobo Oil / Cream
- Aloe Vera
- Lemon Juice
- Rose Water
- Bio Oil
* I bet there are many more things you can use these are the ones I played around with!
As for bio oil I only use it since I have it. It does seem to fade my stretch marks, but I feel like it’s not my money’s worth, if I don’t not apply it twice a day on a regular basis I won’t see effective results. I prefer to make a paste of the follow items and use that everyday twice a day. I mixed together coco butter, Shea butter (pure is preferred), extra olive oil, aleo vera gel, vitamin E oil, and fresh squeezed lemon. I make enough that it lasts me about 2 months. This has worked great for me, feel free to add or remove any ingredient you wish, I mixed these since that’s what I had a home and I love the smell of everything put together!
White stretch marks are the older these are ones that are harder to work with. Once they have hit this stage you are kind of stuck with them. You may be lucky if you can lighten or fade them with your regular routine but do know these stretch marks take much longer then the fresh one. I mean there are ways to get them removed but those are quite expensive methods such as laser treatment or microdermbrasion which is actual surgery that dermatologist or plastic surgeon are qualified to perform.
Overall if you take care of yourself and your skin you are on the right path. Hopefully my experience and research I did over the years has saved your time, money and experiments. Give yourself at least 6 months to see results. Be dedicated and disciplined.
Let me know how your results are. =)