Even athletes occasionally have stretch marks on their skin. The majority of us, unfortunately, have them galore. Stretch marks appear when we put on weight or get pregnant. Or they are caused by a rapid muscle growth. The highest concentration of stretch marks are on our bellies, thighs, and butts.
They are not a sign of illness: the skin of the most healthy people may be streaked with stretch marks. But despite their harmlessness, hardly anyone ever finds them attractive. Therefore, people resort to laser microdermabrasion in order to get rid of stretch marks; or more often, they use various creams promising to remove them from their skin. These creams, however, do not bring promised results, because they affect only the upper layer of our skin without penetrating deeper, to lower levels of our derma. Stretch marks go deeper than the upper level of our skin and, therefore, require, different, more drastic, treatments than creams can offer.
One of the treatment that can make your stretch marks appear less visible can be employed in your bathroom. This treatment involves the combination of exfoliating and massaging and uses such products as aloe vera, emu oil, and essential oils of cypress and rosemary.
Aloe vera penetrates the deepest layers of our skin, nourishing it with vitamins, minerals, and protein. It also accelerates processes of skin regeneration and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Emu oil, likewise, goes deeply into our skin, far deeper than its upper level. In addition, emu oil contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 indispensable for the production of collagen. Emu oil can be replaced by a mixture of grape seeds’ oil and olive oil. Essential oils of cypress and rosemary enhance blood’s circulation, whose slow movement often causes stretch marks.
Massage improves blood circulation, which, in its turn, enhances cells’ regeneration. Exfoliating removes dead cells from your skin. Combined, massage and exfoliating help restore your even skin without stretch marks.
The procedure goes as follows:
- Take bath or shower so that your skin gets softer;
- Put on a loofah glove and exfoliate your skin, where you have stretch marks, for about five minutes;
- Wash away scrub remains and wipe your skin;
- Mix aloe vera and emu oil with ratio 1:1;
- Add a few drops of essential oils;
- Massage the mixture into your skin with circular movements;
- Go to bed.
Massage removes dead cells from your skin and stimulates the development of new ones. The time when cells grow most are between 11pm and 5am. It is essential, therefore, that these hours you sleep.
Do not exfoliate every day; let your skin rest, though you can apply oils daily. And in no time, you will see your stretch marks fade.