For some of us, stretch marks are a bother. Contrary to popular misconceptions, you can get them even without being pregnant. Nobody is immune. Although they will heal with time. The process can take years. Today, we discuss techniques and procedures that you can use to speed up that process.
1. Eat Foods Rich in Vitamin A
You’ve probably heard people say that if you eat vegetables and fruits, you will get smoother skin. There’s some truth to this theory. Foods rich in Vitamin A have a compound that can make your skin look younger and get rid of stretch marks. Examples of foods with high Vitamin A content are kales, sweet potatoes, lettuce, spinach, and carrots.
2. Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a type of shrub with unique skin healing properties. I have heard of some people call it a wonder plant. To get the best results, squeeze the succulent leaves of the plant to get a jelly-like substance. Then, apply the gel on the skin area with stretch marks.
Let it sit there for half-an-hour before washing it off with lukewarm water. Apply the gel daily and repeat the process until you see the stretch marks start to disappear.
3. Apply Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin. Studies have discovered that coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties when you apply it on the skin. As it so happens, coconut oil is effective in getting rid of stretch marks. Continuous application of coconut oil can help heal the skin and make the stretch marks disappear. Use virgin coconut oil for the best results.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic process used to improve the appearance of the skin. This is one of those procedures that you will be glad exists. I have friends that have undergone microdermabrasion to remove stretch marks, and it has worked for them.
The dermatologist uses some sort of machine to carefully polish the area with the stretch marks. Using fine crystals, the machine gets rid of dry dead skin, making the surface smooth.
5. Apply Castor Oil
Castor oil is popular with hair products because it works. You can use it to make your hair stronger and smoother. But did you know that castor oil can also help you get rid of stretch marks? Castor oil is an unsaturated omega fatty acid, which you can use to moisturize your skin. The best way to use the oil is to warm it before applying it. Then, slowly massage the oil onto the area with the stretch mark. Let it sit there for 60 minutes, before washing it off. Repeat the process every day until you see results.
6. Apply Cocoa Butter
If you don’t have cocoa butter in your cosmetic artillery, you are missing out. It is one of the few kinds of butter that can be readily absorbed in your skin. Cocoa butter enters into the top and middle layer of your skin for maximum effectiveness. Here is another amazing fact about cocoa butter that you should know: it contains vitamin A and stearic acid, which are good for the skin.
You can easily get most of the products mentioned on this list in nature and at a beauty shop. For the microdermabrasion procedure, ask your dermatologist if they can do it. You should know that getting rid of stretch marks using the mentioned ointments will take time. As long as you don’t go a day without applying the remedies, the stretch marks will heal faster.