Our body goes through various changes throughout our lifetime that can drastically affect the shape and form our body takes in our later years. A common change that people tend to take notice of is the appearance of stretch marks that often leave very noticeable and conspicuous tears in the skin.
Stretch marks occur when the skin tissue in a particular part of the body becomes stretched beyond its normal limit causing the outer skin layer to tear only to heal along the tear lines. The skin being stretched affects collagen production which then leads to a thin scaring on the uppermost skin layer.
Presently, there is no sure way to prevent stretch marks; no cosmetic products on the market can genuinely claim to prevent them. Lotions and creams claiming to work on stretch marks are applied to the external layer of your skin cannot make contact with the underlying skin layers where the mark remains.
Though it may not be possible to completely eliminate them, there are several steps available that you can take to effectively diminish the scarring of stretch marks. In Ayurveda, there many herbal and organic oils that, if regular use is maintained, can minimize the unsightly appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Here is a comprehensive list of natural oil remedies that you can use to effectively get rid of any unsightly stretch marks of your own.
Rosemary oil mixed in equal portions with almond oil has traditionally been known to work as a great natural solution for toning sagging skin, however, it can also be used to effectively reduce the scaring resulting from stretch marks. Thoroughly massage using the mixture for 15 minutes or longer at a time. Repeat this process every day to see a gradual change in skin coloration, also good for toning the skin to avoid sagging.
Olive oil is one of the better known natural oils that can help to reduce the scaring effects of stretch marks. Olive oil works by effectively moisturizing the affected areas leaving your skin supple and elastic. Apply the oil on the affected area, massaging in for 10 to 15 minutes daily.
Lavender oil used with a mixture of olive oil can not only diminish stretch marks, but with continued use, its many anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties can effectively prevent the appearance of stretch marks altogether. Try mixing 5-6 drops of lavender oil with 2-3 drops of olive oil and gently massage any skin surface that may be susceptible to scaring for about 20 minute.
Known for its many beauty benefits, almond oil has a long history of use in Ayurveda post-natal care. The continued use of almond oil has been traditionally used to assist in the reduction of stretch marks after pregnancy. Try massaging a mixture of almond, corn, and olive oil directly on any affected area of skin before going to bed, leaving it on all night.
The anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties of sesame oil functions as a skin tightening and firming agent. Both sesame and coconut oils have the effect of lightening darkened or scarred skin tissue as well. Try using a small amount of sesame or coconut oil, massaging the affected region thoroughly for 10 to 15 minutes. As with any treatment, to receive maximum results, it is essential to maintain continued treatment.
Additionally, stretch marks can be wholly prevented by not to putting on too much weight during pregnancy. Also, eat a healthy and balanced diet including plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables can greatly assist in proper skin care.
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