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Oh, stretch marks … I had stretch marks with my first pregnancy and have since gotten rid of them, even for five more pregnancies. Better yet, I haven’t gotten any new ones. I think it’s largely due to that a healthy diet and lifestyle, but today I also share my moisturizer for stretch marks.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change a second of motherhood for better abs, but just because my mom’s stripes are winning doesn’t mean she wants to keep them.
Apart from pregnancy, this cream is ideal for nourishing the skin during weight gain or loss for any reason.
Stretch Hello: why do we need it?
While genetics is often blamed (and there is some truth in that), other things contribute to stretch marks. When the skin grows and stretches rapidly, such as during puberty, severe weight gain, or pregnancy, the stars are usually the result.
Can you actually remove stretch marks?
While there are no DIY stretch marks creams that magically erase them, it can help fade stretch marks. Over the years I have found several key things that worked for me to fade my “tiger stripes”.
- Consume lots of grass-fed collagen and gelatin to help repair, rebuild and maintain skin elasticity. Homemade bone broth, gelatin and collagen powder are good sources
- Since use I have noticed a big difference in the firmness of the skin red light therapy! Even the scar from section C fades the more I use it.
- Get your daily dose, that is, of vitamins. Healthy fats for fat-soluble vitamins, along with vitamin C and sun exposure to vitamin D help repair skin from stretch marks. Read more about my approach to a healthy diet for the skin for pregnancy here.
Ingredients for the best stretch mark cream
There are some key ingredients that have a proven track record when it comes to fading scars and stretch marks. A good stretch mark cream also helps keep the skin supple as it stretches during pregnancy to accommodate the baby. Here’s a breakdown of why I chose each ingredient and what it does to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Oh, let me count the shapes … Coconut oil is very useful in our country, from toothpaste to hair treatments, to skin care. It is also useful in this cream for removing stretch marks. Coconut oil can also help prevent stretch marks by helping to grow skin without tearing.
Don’t have any virgin coconut oil on hand? You can substitute equal parts of shea butter and liquid oil (such as sweet almond or olive oil).
This isn’t an oil I use as often as coconut oil, but I really like it in this DIY recipe for stretch marks. Apricot kernel oil is high in antioxidant vitamin E and supports the skin’s protective barrier. It is really rich in linoleic acid to nourish the skin and is a light and faster absorbing oil.
If you don’t have any apricot oil on hand, you can also use sweet almond oil or grape seeds.
Shea butter and cocoa
Long-term use of shea butter helps to soften and strengthen the skin. It has been used for many years medicinally, including wound care. My favorite part of shea is how it provides the skin with what it needs to produce collagen to get supple, strong skin.
Cocoa butter is harder than shea butter, but it has many of the same benefits. This butter helps prevent moisture loss from the skin and is traditionally used to prevent and get rid of stretch marks. It is very moisturizing and nourishing for dry skin.
Both shea butter and cocoa butter have unique properties and cannot be completely replaced. That said, if you only have one or the other, you can still make this recipe. If you replace cocoa butter with shea butter, use a little less, as it’s harder.
If you only use shea butter, a little beeswax will help firm up the homemade stretch mark cream.
Rosehip seed oil
While some may say that it is better than botox for wrinkles, rosehip seed oil is also ideal for stretch marks. Rosehip seed oil is high in vitamins A, C and E to promote the healthy formation of collagen and skin cells. As it dries lightly, it helps balance the heavier feel of the butters and coconut oil in this stretch mark cream.
Calendula and ginger
Yes, it is entirely possible to use oil and butter, but why not infuse them with the benefits of herbs? Marigold it is ideal for all things skin related and helps stimulate collagen production.
Ginger is known to increase circulation and decrease inflammation to help improve skin tone. It also helps prevent collagen degradation to keep the skin firm. An article from 2013 at the Journal of Agriculture and Food Industry reports that ginger helps repair skin.
Essential oils for stretch marks
Essential oils during pregnancy are controversial, to put it bluntly. Fortunately, we have some safe options when it comes to skin care. According to experts, essential oils should be limited during the first trimester and some should be avoided altogether.
We can use up to 4% dilution for smaller areas of the body during pregnancy. For balance, this stretch mark cream uses a 2% dilution, although if you prefer you could go a little stronger. The following essential oils can be safely used in the second and third trimesters to help reduce and fade stretch marks:
Homemade stretch mark cream
This cream is designed to keep the skin supple to adapt to the growing belly and soothe any pregnancy-related skin irritation. It’s very easy to make, I can even manage to remember the recipe when I have a placental brain. It can be beaten to get a lotion consistency that is basically a body butter.
Recipe for homemade stretch marks to save
Rich and luxurious, but not too heavy, this stretch mark cream helps fade and prevent marks.
Add the coconut oil, calendula and ginger to the top of the pan. Heat water underneath until it boils, then simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs. Skip this step if you are not using herbs.
Add the cocoa butter and shea butter to the top of the pan. Heat until melted, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.
Pour it into a metal can or glass jar and put it in the fridge to cool. This quick, cool weather helps prevent shea butter from granulating and rising.
For a beaten version, pour the mixture into a bowl and place in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until firm, but not frozen. Assemble with the whisk in the blender and store in a glass jar.
Shelf life and storage: It should be stored in a cool, dark place, away from direct heat and light. The cream should last about a year if stored properly, if not longer.
Have you ever tried a stretch mark cream? What did you do to help eliminate them? Share below.