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Oh, stretch marks … I got stretch marks with my first pregnancy and I have since gotten rid of them even after five more pregnancies. Better yet, I haven’t found any new ones! I think this is largely due to A healthy diet and lifestyleBut today I am sharing my Stretch Mark Salve Moisturizer as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade a second of motherhood for better abs, but just because I’ve earned my mom streaks doesn’t mean I want to have them!
Apart from pregnancy, this salve is great for nourishing the skin. During weight gain or weight loss For some reason
Stretch Mark Salve: Why Do We Need It?
While it is often blamed on genetics (and there is some truth in it), other things contribute to stretch marks. Stretch marks often result when the skin grows and stretches rapidly, such as during puberty, severe weight gain, or pregnancy.
Can you really remove stretch marks?
While there is no DIY stretch mark cream that will magically erase them, it can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Over the years I’ve found several important things that have worked to fade my “tiger stripes.”
- Drink plenty of grass-fed collagen and gelatin To help repair, rebuild and maintain elasticity of the skin. homemade bone broth, Gelatin and collagen powder are all good sources.
- I have noticed a huge difference in skin firmness since using red light therapy! Even my c-section scar is fading away the more I get used to it.
- Get your daily dose, which is vitamins. Healthy fats for fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin C as well as sun exposure for vitamin D help repair skin from stretch marks. Read more about my approach a Skin-healthy diet for pregnancy here.
Ingredients for Best Stretch Mark Cream
There are a few key ingredients that have a proven track record when it comes to fading scars and stretch marks. A good stretch mark salve also helps keep the skin supple as it stretches to accommodate the baby during pregnancy. Here is an analysis of why I chose each component and what it does to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Oh, let me count the ways… coconut oil From toothpaste to hair treatment to skincare, it is widely used around our house. It is also helpful in stretch mark removal cream. Coconut oil can also help prevent stretch marks by helping to grow unshaped skin.
Don’t have any virgin coconut oil on hand? You can substitute equal amounts of shea butter and a liquid carrier oil (such as sweet almond or olive oil).
apricot kernel oil
This is not an oil I often use as coconut oil, but I really like this in the DIY Stretch Mark Salve recipe. Apricot kernel oil is high in the antioxidant vitamin E and supports the skin’s protective barrier. It is actually high in linoleic acid to nourish the skin and is a light, fast-absorbing oil.
If you don’t have apricot kernel oil on hand, sweet almond oil or grape seed oil can also be used.
Shea and Cocoa Butter
Long term use of Shea butter Helps to soften and strengthen the skin. It has been used medicinally for many years, including in wound care. My favorite part about shea is how it provides the skin with what it needs to produce collagen for supple, firm skin.
Cocoa butter is harder than shea butter but has many benefits. This butter helps prevent the loss of moisture from the skin and has traditionally been used to prevent and get rid of stretch marks. It is very moisturizing and nourishing for dry skin.
Shia butter and cocoa butter both have unique properties and cannot completely replace each other. That said if you only have one or the other you can still make this recipe. If substituting cocoa butter with shea butter, use a little less as it is hard.
If you are using only Shia Butter, a little wax will help strengthen the Homemade Stretch Mark Cream.
Rose seed oil
While some people might say it’s better than this botox for wrinkles, Rose seed oil is also very good for stretch marks. Rosehip seed oil is actually high in vitamins A, C and E to promote healthy collagen and skin cell formation. Because it is slightly drying, it helps to balance the heavy feeling of butter and coconut oil in this stretch mark salve.
Calendula and ginger
Yes, it is totally possible to use only oil and butter, but why not harness the benefits of herbs in them? calendula Great for everything related to the skin and helps stimulate collagen production.
Ginger is known to increase circulation and reduce inflammation to help improve skin tone. It also helps prevent the breakdown of collagen to keep the skin firm. A 2013 article In Journal of Agricultural and Food Industries reports that ginger helps repair the skin.
essential oils for stretch marks
Essential oils are controversial during pregnancy, to put it well. Thankfully, we have some safe options when it comes to skincare. according to experts, Essential oils should be limited during the first quarter and some special oils should be completely avoided.
We can use dilutions up to 4% for small areas of the body during pregnancy. For balance, this stretch mark salve uses a 2% dilution, though you can go a little stronger if you want. The following essential oils can be used safely in the second and third trimesters to help reduce and fade stretch marks:
Homemade Stretch Mark Cream
This salve is designed to keep the skin supple to accommodate a growing belly and soothe pregnancy-related skin irritations. It is very easy to make so when I have a placenta brain I can also manage to remember the recipe. It can be whipped to create a lotion consistency that is basically a body butter.
Homemade Stretch Mark Salve Recipe
Rich and luxurious, yet not too heavy, this stretch mark cream helps to fade and prevent scars.
Heat coconut oil, calendula and ginger in a double boiler. Heat the water to a boil, then boil for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs. If you are not using herbs, skip this step.
Pour cocoa butter and shea butter over double boiler. Just heat until it melts, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and add rest of ingredients.
Pour into a metal tin or glass jar and keep in the fridge to cool down. This rapid cooling time helps prevent Shi’a butters from getting granulated and beading.
For the whipped version pour the mixture into the mixing bowl and keep in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until firm, but not frozen. Whip with the whisk attachment on your mixer and store in a glass jar.
Shelf Life and Storage: It should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct heat and light. If not stored properly for a long time, the salve should last about a year.
Ever tried a salve for stretch marks? What have you done that helped get rid of them? Share below!
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