My Top 7 Stretch Mark Removal Remedies
There are many, many non-invasive strategies for how to remove stretch marks. While I can't guarantee you'll get stunning results with the remedies I'm about to give you, I can say that if you stick with them and use them regularly each week, you will achieve noticeable results inside of a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
7 Secrets Of How to Remove Stretch Marks...
1. Natural Skin Moisturizers
A very practical method of how to remove stretch marks is the daily use of natural or over-the-counter skin moisturizing products. Properly moisturized skin is resilient, elastic and capable of undergoing significant growth without the development or risk of stretch marks. This makes it both a great active and preventative stretch mark treatment.
There are also many natural moisturizers available if you're not a fan of commercial products and their prices. I am definitely NOT a fan of such products, as they often make use of unnecessary chemicals that can have adverse effects on the skin.
A few natural alternatives are: Olive oil, tea tree oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, coconut oil, as well as dozens of other natural oils and substances.
2. The Vitamin C Remedy
This wonder vitamin, aka ascorbic acid, supports a plethora of curative actions for the skin! Applied topically, vitamin C may increase collagen production and reduce stretch marks -- especially those in the early stages.
Crush a vitamin C tablet into a fine powder and combine with a relative amount of body lotion or a natural moisturizer (such as those described above). Apply to stretch marks twice a day or more, as needed. A very easy method of stretch mark removal and prevention, you'd be a fool not to use it.
3. Glycolic Acid Treatment
Widely promoted for its powers of rejuvenation, glycolic acid -- a sugar cane derivative and member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family -- is an amazingly effective method of how to remove stretch marks. As an ingredient in stretch mark removal creams and lotions, glycolic acid stimulates the production of both collagen and elastin.
You can make your own stretch mark creams containing glycolic acid by just adding a cup of sugar to a proportionate amount of body lotion or skin moisturizer. Apply and massage thoroughly into stretch marks at least twice a day.
4. Weight Management & Healthier Eating
You can treat and even prevent the development of stretch marks by maintaining a healthy body weight, starting & maintaining a "healthy skin" diet and also by following a moderate, five-day-a-week exercise routine and drinking plenty of water. These simple actions will prevent stretch mark problems from worsening as well ad aid in getting rid of the ones that are already present.
You do NOT have to become a fitness expert or health food nut to remove stretch marks. You just have to eat healthier and take up a more active role in your stretch mark crusade. And to be honest, will a little exercise and some better food choices be that much of a burden to you?
Important Note: Any weight gain of more than 15-20 lbs per month is considered excessive, except during pregnancy, puberty, or perhaps bulk weight training. If you are experiencing rapid growth or weight changes due to an unknown reason, I'd advice you to talk to a doctor as soon as possible -- as it seems stretch marks are the least of your worries.
5. Aloe Vera Gel With Natural Oils
Combined with a few drops each olive oil and tea tree oil, pure aloe vera gel is a superior remedy for a number of skin afflictions and an insanely effective stretch mark removal remedy.
This almost supernatural substance is infused with antibiotic, astringent, anesthetic, hydrating, and cell growth stimulation properties; making it perfect for treating any type of skin problem. On top of all that, aloe vera gel also contains many essential minerals, enzymes, proteins, amino acids and even the vitamins A, E, C, and B.
Aloe vera gel effectively retains moisture in the skin while stimulating the production of elastin and collagen to thicken the skin and dramatically reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The first noticeable results will this remedy can often be seen in as little as 2 weeks, and they only get better the longer you use it.
6. Massage Treatments (Most Popular Stretch Mark Treatment -- Highly Recommended!)
A great strategy for how to remove stretch marks, as it increases circulation and bloodflow, which further stimulates new tissue growth. The key with stretch mark massage treatment, like any massage really, is pressure. Without enough pressure, you'll get very little benefit from the treatment -- making the entire effort pointless.
How much pressure is enough? Well, not so much that you're in pain, but enough so that you'll feel a little sore afterward. Suffice it to say, it won't be a very comfortable experience if you're doing it correctly, as it needs to be vigorous and forceful so you get deep down into the tissues of the skin.
Another important thing to remember is to use a good stretch mark removal cream during the massage. Doing a dry massage won't be as effective and it'll actually be a little more uncomfortable too. That said, if you really want to get the most out of the treatment, be sure to use one of the best stretch mark creams on the market.
The right stretch mark cream can boost your results 10-fold without any extra time or extra effort on your part. In fact, you'll actually save a lot of time and effort because you won't have to use any other remedies or treatments.
Important Note: Obviously, if you're pregnant, you shouldn't be forcefully massaging your belly, that's just idiotic and foolish. Other regions, such as legs or thighs, should be fine.
7. The Cocoa Butter & Coffee Grounds Remedy
Some people like to just use cocoa butter as their sole stretch mark removal strategy. While that's fine and can prove to be effective in some instances, I recommend that you amp up the power by adding coffee grounds. Just combine cocoa butter with a generous amount of coffee grounds and then massage the mixture thoroughly into your skin. Do this at least twice a day.
This simple remedy will drastically improve your skins elasticity along with providing a pretty substantial boost to your circulation; both of which will help with reducing the appearance of ugly stretch marks. And since cocoa butter is rich in all sorts of antioxidants and minerals, it's really quite a boon to your overall skin health and comes highly recommended!
A Final Note
Tried and true stretch mark removal is never instantaneous and it's rarely a thing that happens without any effort or patience. Everybody has different skin and varying degrees of stretch mark problems, so no single remedy will work for everyone, every time.
It's immensely important to try different remedies & different treatments -- be they singular or combined together -- before throwing in the towel. After all, your stretch marks didn't appear overnight, so how can you really expect them to disappear overnight?
And finally, the remedies above (or the products below) will makes things easier, they won't make it effortless.