Stretchmarks are one of the most unpleasant side effects from a pregnancy, or any type of rapid weight gain. And they are very hard to eliminate, if not impossible. Stretchmarks are even tougher than cellulite! But still there is hope! And before you jump into buying the next expensive hyped cosmetic product, try my natural toxin-free suggestions. They might put all the commercial creams in their pockets with regards to effectiveness and price!
But first let’s talk a little bit about the benefits of making your own cosmetic formulas:
- Homemade cosmetics do not contain artificial chemicals, which are proven to damage our health. Substances like parabens, petroleum derivatives, synthetic aromas and preservatives, are proven to cause allergies, eczema, dermatitis, and some even claim they can cause some types of cancer! So, having full control over the ingredients is a big plus.
- We help the planet as well. Pollution coming from the above mentioned chemicals is a huge problem right now. By choosing natural cosmetics, we decrease the detrimental effects of the commercial products. And also, we weaken the power of companies that use animal testing for their goods.
- DIY cosmetics are totally adjustable. You can devise your own formulas and use the oils and butters you like best. We are all different and our skin’s needs may vary. So, at the end of the day, you can change the recipes and experiment to find which ingredients fit best for you.
- Last, but not least – making your own beauty products is a wonderful hobby, which can occupy your free time and give you some positive emotions. After all, dealing with natural aromatic substances is a very pleasant and therapeutic activity!
But let’s get to the recipes!
Here are my favorite natural stretchmark creams and ointments suitable for anyone who wants to improve their skin elasticity and texture —
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Stretchmark Lotion DIY
1/4 cup Shea butter
1/4 cup Coconut butter
3 Tbsps. Apricot oil
1 Tbsp. Calendula blossoms
1/4 Tbsp. Ginger powder
A few drops Essential oil of choice (except the citrus ones)
Place the apricot oil, the calendula and the ginger powder in a double boiler. Heat the mixture on low temperature and stir for about 30 minutes. Do not let the water boil and burn the oil. Strain the infusion.
Place the infused oil back in the double boiler and add the coconut butter and the shea butter.
Melt the oils and blend them completely. Take the mixture off the heat and let it cool off a little. Add the essential oils and stir well.
Pour the lotion in a glass jar with a lid.
It is best to start applying this lotion during pregnancy before the stretchmarks appear. Remember to choose a suitable essential oil which is safe to use during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor beforehand!
Stretchmark Body Oil DIY
1 Tbsp. Cocoa butter
1 1/2 Tbsp. Shea butter
2 tsps. Sesame oil
1 tsp. Tamanu oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
7 drops Neroli essential oil
Melt the cocoa and the shea butter in a double boiler. Add the sesame and the tamanu oil and stir well.
Take the oil blend off the heat and leave it to lower its temperature for a couple of minutes. Next, simply mix all the ingredients well and blend them completely.
Apply on the problem areas daily. If you are currently pregnant, massage your thighs, belly, lower back, and upper arms to prevent form stretchmarks formation.
Store the oil in a glass bottle in a dark and cool place.
1/2 cup Cocoa butter
1 Tbsp. Wheat germ oil
1 Tbsp. Apricot kernel oil
1 Tbsp. Vitamin E oil
2 Tbsps. Grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
Mix the ingredients in a double boiler until well melted.
Pour the mixture in a container and store in the refrigerator.
Apply the cream every day after bath/shower and let it stay for 20 min before you put your clothes on (so the cream won’t be absorbed in the fabric).
You can use the cream until full recovery of the skin.
Apply these natural remedies daily during the pregnancy (or during the period of muscle/weight gain) to prevent from stretchmarks. If you already have them, do not despair – keep massaging the skin with these ointments and combine them with regular dry brushing and skin exfoliation. In time, the scar tissue will fade away and the marks won’t be so visible or they might completely vanish!
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My name is Milica and I am a blogger, writer, holistic living, personal development, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing enthusiast. I am the author of “Toxin-free Homemade Easy Beauty Recipes” and “Healthy Body Cleanse: Gently Burn Body Fat and Lose Weight Naturally”.
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