Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Home Remedies for Stretch Marks

When skin lacks elastin and collagen it causes stretch marks. Stretch marks are also known as striae.

Our skin can be divided into three parts: elastin, collagen and Glycosaminoglycans. Our skin is also made up of three layers, the epidermis (top layer), the dermis (second layer), and the hypodermis (third layer). The dermis is the layer where stretch marks occur since this is the layer which contains elastin and collagen.

Elastin

Elastin helps our skin to ‘stretch and recoil’ back but when it gets damaged by over stretching the elastin fibers break and the skin loses its elasticity resulting in stretch marks.

Collagen

Collagen is made of protein and is essential for providing support for the cells, tissues, organs including the bone structure. The skin is said to be made up of 70 to 80 percent of collagen. When the collagen fibers get damaged it can cause wrinkles or stretch marks.

Elastin and collagen gets damaged due to hormonal changes that take place in the skin during aging, during pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss, during puberty or as the skin gets exposed to the sun.

So how are hormones responsible for causing stretch marks during pregnancy? Certain hormones produced by the body during pregnancy weaken the elastin and collagen in the skin of the abdomen causing stretch marks to appear.

Toning

Toning the body through exercise helps to minimize stretch marks since it helps to both firm the skin and body. Strength training and aerobics are two commonly used exercises for toning the body.

Olive oil or Vitamin E oil

Moisturize the skin by massaging olive oil or vitamin E oil for 3-5 minutes 3 times a week to the areas which have stretch marks.

Creams rich in Vitamin C

After you shower apply a cream enriched with Vitamin C to the stretch marks. Do this on a daily basis.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter can also be applied instead of a cream rich in Vitamin C after a shower.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate the skin twice a week with a scrub made from coffee or St. Ives Apricot scrub. Use a loofah when applying the scrub to the skin.Rinse off with warm water.


© 2012 Suranee Perera

3 comments:

  1. This is good to know. I have tried everything from Burt’s Bees but way to oily. I’ve tried every product too at Wholefoods almost. I do the at home facial with the Riiviva Microdermabrasion tool for my acne scarring and it’s terrific. It is here at http://www.riiviva.com.

    Do you have any recommendations as to what avenue to take for moisture without all the oily residue that happens when I use oils. Thanks

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  2. Hello Sheridan,

    Wow, I had no idea such a tool (Riiviva Microdermabrasion tool) was available. Sounds like an interesting piece of beauty aid to own. Wish it was available here in Sri Lanka so that anyone who was interested in buying the product could purchase it directly from the stores instead of online.

    To answer your question, the best 'avenues' I know are exfoliation, moisturize and toning.

    Thanks for stopping and for introducing the Riiviva Microdermabrasion tool.

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  3. There are quite a number of excellent products on the market that many have used and claim can reduce the presence of stretch marks on the skin. Many of these products may have cocoa butter as part of their ingredient stack.

    Again, cocoa butter can help the skin in many positive ways so it should not be a surprise it is found in many of the top stretch mark creams on the market.

    However, you do not want to buy a stretch mark removal cream just because it has cocoa butter in it. You might be better served looking to buy a stretch mark removal cream that has a comprehensive stack of all-natural ingredients designed to deal with the very troubling presence of this scar tissue. (Stretch marks are a form of scars)

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