|Stretchmarks around the tummy|
MassageStretch marks are nothing more than scars and can be reduced by massaging the affected area, according to Dr. Stephen M. Purcell, chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Massage stimulates blood flow and distributes collagen in the skin more evenly, reducing the appearance of the scarring. He notes that many of his patients claim that they can reduce or eliminate stretch marks by rubbing on cocoa butter, though there is no scientific evidence to back this up.
Essential Oil RemediesSome essential oils are thought to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Essential oils are oils that are extracted from natural plant sources, such as flowers, fruits, herbs, trees and shrubs. Lavender is one popular essential oil that is believed to aid in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Neroli oil is thought to be another suitable option. Both oils are commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy and are reputed to have a very soothing and calming effect. To use, blend two to three drops in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond or grape seed oil. Massage the solution into the damaged area, daily, for best results.
Homemade CreamsAccording to home-remedies-site.com, a topical cream can be made to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. For best results, this cream should be applied at least five times per week. You will need a 4-oz. aloe vera juice, 1 qt. water, 100 fresh dandelion leaves, oatmeal and rosehip oil. To make, bring the water to a boil. Add the fresh dandelion leaves and allow them to boil for 10 minutes. Allow the leaves to cool. Use a blender to mix the leaf and water solution with seven drops of rosehip oil, the aloe vera juice and enough oatmeal to create a creamy mixture. Apply the mixture to the area you wish to treat and leave it on for one hour. Rinse and massage wheat germ oil or cocoa butter to the area, if desired.
Homemade Remedies from Food SourcesA variety of food products can also be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Flaxseed oil, used on the damaged area three times a week, is believed to be especially helpful in treating old stretch marks. You can also apply a mixture made from 1 tsp. honey, 1 tbsp. lemon juice and ½ an avocado. This mixture can be applied daily. Further, you can try applying a puree of steamed carrots, leaving it on for 30 minutes at a time, and then rinsing with cool water.
Stretch marks can appear as the result of rapid weight gain, and sometimes develop during pregnancy. These marks are reddish in color and eventually fade to white. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In fact, there are a variety of common home remedies that you can use to treat your old stretch marks without purchasing expensive creams and lotions.