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12 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ugly Stretch Marks (#9 is Pretty Weird)
If you have stretch marks on your skin, don’t be ashamed, you are certainly not alone. Although stretch marks aren’t going to win in any beauty contests, they aren’t actually hurting you. They certainly are ugly, though, aren’t they?
Stretch marks are visible lines on the skin surface. They can have a whitish or reddish tone and can be found most often on the breasts, stomach, buttocks, upper arms, and thighs. Many women find that they have developed stretch marks after pregnancy, but they can also happen due to rapid growth, sudden weight gain, stress, heredity factors, and changes in your physical condition.
Your skin has 3 main layers: the outer layer (the epidermis), the middle layer (the dermis), and the deepest layer (the hypodermic). Stretch marks occur in the middle layer of the skin when the tissue gets stretched past its capacity to flex.
Once the skin is stretched, the collagen gets weakened and becomes damaged. This results in scars under the top layer. When the stretch marks are new, they can look red or pinkish, but over time they become silvery or white-ish and become the stretch mark that you will notice later on.
Stretch marks can make you feel ugly and self-conscious, but you can greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks with some remarkable and completely natural remedies.
Read on and find out what you can use that will reduce those stretch marks and allow you to feel more beautiful. What have you got to lose but a few marks?
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are powerful medicine for the skin, and if you have ever used them for a skin condition, you know how strong they are. Make your own healing oil solution by mixing together two teaspoons of sweet almond oil, half a teaspoon of lavender essential oil, and half a teaspoon of chamomile oil. Mix well, and then apply this solution to your stretch marks. Repeat every other day until you get the desired results.
2. Castor Oil
Castor oil is often recommended for other types of skin problems, such as age spots, moles, and fine lines, so it’s not surprising that it can be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks. Apply a bit of castor oil directly to your stretch marks and gently massage it into the skin for about 5 minutes. Then place a clean cloth over the area and use a hot water bottle or heating pad and allow it to gently heat the area for 30 minutes. Repeat this process each night for 4 weeks and you should see significant improvement.
3. Lemon and Glycerin
Lemons are full of citric acid and glycerin is super hydrating to the skin. This combination can really help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Cut an organic lemon in half and put two drops of glycerin on one half. Rub the lemon over the affected area in a gentle, circular motion. Repeat this twice each day until you get the desired results.
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