The two most common times stretch marks appear are after giving birth and after losing a lot of weight drastically. Stretch marks are harmless, but they are unsightly. If you have old stretch marks, it doesn’t mean that you will never get rid of them. They just take longer to disappear. Even expensive laser treatments cannot guarantee complete disappearance of stretch marks. Try these ways on how to remove old stretch marks.
Rub with aloe
Aloe vera has been proven to be very beneficial to the skin. Break off an aloe vera leaf or buy aloe vera gel from a drugstore. Rub the aloe vera gel in circular motions on the scar and leave it on for ten minutes or so. Rinse afterwards. Aloe vera makes for a potent moisturizer if you combine it with equal parts olive oil and wheat germ oil. This is an easy do-it-yourself moisturizer that you know does not contain harmful ingredients.
Alternatively, you can mix a half-cup of aloe vera with a half-cup of virgin olive oil. Open six capsules each of vitamin A and E into the mixture. Apply it to the stretch marks as often as you can. Vitamin A or Retin-A cream has been shown to be effective against stretch marks too. Retin-A or retinoic acid cream makes the body produce more collagen, which helps the skin retain its youthfulness and helps it stretch without leaving marks. Be warned that pregnant or nursing women should not use products containing retinoic acid.
Turmeric is an Asian spice that provides many health benefits. One of them is scar lightening and fading of stretch marks. Mix together half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of yogurt with 10 percent fat or higher, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub the mixture onto your stretch marks and leave it on for a minimum of 10 minutes before washing it off. Do this every day, and you will notice your stretch marks start to fade after two weeks.
You can also mix half a teaspoon of turmeric with a tablespoon of olive oil. After applying it to the stretch marks, you can leave the mixture on for as long as overnight.
Cocoa butter is popular with pregnant women in their quest to not have stretch marks after giving birth. You can still try it on your skin even if you’re not pregnant. Cocoa butter is affordable and will give you soft skin as well. If you do not have access to cocoa butter, any moisturizer or lotion will do. You can also use Shea butter or petroleum jelly. Apply a generous amount, leave it on overnight, and reapply after a shower. Moisturizers like cocoa butter help rejuvenate the skin. Massaging the skin by rubbing in the treatment improves circulation as well.
Improve from within
Stretch marks can disappear when your skin improves. To help your skin remain hydrated, supple, and self-renewing regularly, drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. You can also take antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, which are all beneficial to the skin. It wouldn’t hurt to consume foods that are rich in these nutrients too.
As you try these natural methods on how to remove old stretch marks, this is a gentle reminder that you should avoid any preparations containing ingredients that you are allergic to. If you experience intense itching, get a rash, or your skin starts to peel, wash the area completely with a mild soap and stop using the mixture.