Anyone who's suffered from them knows that how to get rid of stretch marks is no small task.
Regardless of how healthy you eat or how thin you are to begin with, stretch marks can be inevitable, particularly for women; they are one of the most common occurrences during pregnancy--50-90 percent of women will experience them during or after a pregnancy. There are other causes of stretch marks, too, including rapid weight gain or loss, which can affect both women and men.
Stretch marks can span across the hips, thighs, stomach, and breasts. They can be unforgiving and brutal. There are plenty of ways suggested to avoid getting stretch marks to begin with, such as maintaining a healthy weight, maintaining a healthy and hydrating diet and doing whatever you can to improve skin elasticity (massaging, dry skin brushing, etc.), all of which help to get rid of stretch marks as well.
When it comes to incorporating a stretch mark cream into your anti-stretch-mark agenda, be sure to use the right one. That is, one that reduces discoloration and keeps the skin moist and healthy.
This recipe incorporates some of the most powerful moisturizers and healing creams out there – cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil and sweet almond oil. All are packed with nutrients and minerals and are great for hydrating skin. They are also known to prevent stretch marks in women. The salve has a thick, glossy consistency and should be applied twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. With this salve in your body care arsenal, you will slowly but surely get rid of stretch marks.
Stretch Mark Salve
Makes about 16 ounces
- 1 cup raw cocoa butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup castor oil
- ¼ cup sweet almond oil
Directions: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the cocoa butter and coconut oil. Stir until melted fully. Stir in the castor oil and almond oil. Stir until evenly combined and then chill the mixture in the fridge until firm. Remove from the fridge and use a hand mixer to whip it until white peaks form. Store in a glass jar.
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