Stretch marks, also called as striae are long, narrow streaks, stripes or lines that develop on the skin and which differ in hue from the surrounding skin. They are the result of a sudden stretching of the skin and are extremely common. Anyone can develop stretch marks, although they tend to affect more women than men. Most commonly it can be seen in pregnant women.
Stretch marks are very common in body parts such as tummy, upper arms, thighs, hips, breasts and lower back. Such scarring on the skin is formed because the skin cannot bounce back after a period of intense growth, be that due to during puberty or pregnancy. Stretch marks are also visible when a person undergoes extreme weight loss.
There are several remedies to get rid of such marks on your skin. But these 6 natural remedies if not better are as good as other unnatural remedies.
1. Egg Whites
Egg white consists of 40 different types of protein and also collagen and vitamin A. Egg helps to boost the elasticity of the skin and fades stretch marks.
Separate egg white from 2 eggs, whip the egg white and apply the thick layer onto the stretch marks. After the egg pack dries rinse the skin part with water and clean it and then moisturize the skin part with some olive oil.
2. Potato Juice
Potatoes consist of several minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin-C, B-complex, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. It recovers and regenerates skin cells.
Cut the potato in half or pieces and rub it onto the affected area of the skin and then wash it off the skin later with lukewarm water.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
Stretch marks are caused because of the skin losing its natural elasticity. Aloe Vera, helps skin restore its flexibility.
Remove the outermost layer of the aloe vera leaf then apply the jelly part of the aloe vera on the affected part of the skin and wash it off after 2-3 hours.
4. Lemon Juice
The acidic nature of lemon juice helps in lightening the scarred area of the skin by removing the dead skin and hence reduces the appearance of the stretch marks very quick.
Cut the lemon into 2 halves and then rub the affected skin with the lemon and then wash it off after some time.
5. Olive oil
Olive oil can be a great help in removing stretch marks from the skin. Olive oil contains several nutrients and antioxidants which can help in removing stretch marks and reduce its visibility.
Heat the virgin olive oil to make it warm and apply it onto the affected area of the skin and hence it will reduce the appearance of the stretch marks by improving the blood flow to the skin.Leave it on for about 30 minutes to allow the skin to absorb the vitamin A, D and E present in the olive oil.
When applied to the skin, the skin absorbs vitamin A, D and E which helps to get rid of the stretch marks.
Sugar reduces the visibility of the stretch marks on the skin. It works as a natural exfoliate for the skin.
Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and add few drops of lemon juice and some almond oil then stir it to mix it well. Then apply the mixture on your skin and rub it for around 5-10 minutes. And then wash it off with water after some time.