Stretch marks on the abdomen, hips, shoulders and chest appear during pregnancy and lactation in most women.
Stretch marks occur due to a sequence of the following reasons:
- The hormonal background of the body changes;
- The body is rapidly increasing in volume;
- The skin does not cope with overstretching, and microtraumas occur in its deep layers;
- Tissues are restored by scarring..
Stretch marks can be prevented if you prepare the skin of problem areas in advance and regularly take care of it during pregnancy.
The main thing that the skin of the body needs is moisturizing and maintaining elasticity. But existing stretch marks are removed, based on the same principles. The skin gradually regenerates injured tissues, provided that it is well-maintained and nourished..
Removal of stretch marks by the radical method is used for strongly pronounced bands and scars on the abdomen – these are laser procedures, surgical plastic surgery, hyaluronic acid injections and deep peels in the beauty salon.
When choosing one of these methods, it is important to understand that this is a serious and unsafe intervention, which is justified only with really severe defeats..
How to remove stretch marks: action program
It is possible to provide skin and moisturizing of problem areas without resorting to complicated procedures in the clinic. There are many ways to improve the situation with your own efforts and home remedies..
To effectively prevent the appearance of stretch marks and remove existing ones, you need to regularly perform 4 basic actions:
- Moisturize and nourish the skin – for elasticity;
- Exfoliate the surface layer of the skin with scrubs – for renewal;
- Fight cellulite and body fat – for a healthy metabolism in the tissues
- Use massage and exercise – to tone and good circulation of muscles and skin.
Patiently and diligently carrying out the planned actions, you can count on an excellent result.
Homemade wraps, scrubs and oil rubbing
Cosmetics at home are made from natural ingredients. The most effective herbal preparations are biologically active substances, skin cell renewal stimulants..
The composition of the wraps can include aloe juice, which slows down aging, heals microcracks and makes the skin supple and smooth. Mumiyo, added to a mask or rubbing mixture, strengthens the collagen fibers of the skin, heals, restores elasticity and tone.
Rosemary essential oil tones sagging skin, makes the muscles supple, and heals cellulite. Cocoa butter in its pure form or in a mixture nourishes, restores the water-fat balance, regenerates, softens and rejuvenates the skin. Olive oil moisturizes and nourishes the skin, relieves swelling and tones.
How to prepare a remedy for stretch marks after childbirth
Before you put a wrap on problem areas or do oil rubbing, the skin needs to be cleaned in the shower with a rough washcloth and scrub.
- 1/2 cup salt + 1/2 cup sugar oven + 1/2 cup olive oil. Mix all components, store in a tightly closed jar no more than 2 months. In the shower, apply to the body, rub with soft movements for about 5 minutes, then rinse with water;
- 3 tablespoons of ground coffee + 2 tablespoons of yogurt or sour cream + 3-4 drops of rosemary or tea tree essential oil. Such a scrub is not stored, it must be used immediately. Massage the body in the shower for about 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Exfoliating with a scrub prepares the skin for intensive nutrition by wrapping or oil rubbing.
Mumiyo and Honey Wrap
Mumiyo in tablets 5 pieces (crush) + 1/2 cup natural honey + 3-4 drops of essential oil of grapefruit, lemon or lavender. Put the mixture on problem areas, cover with cling film and wrap. After 20 minutes, remove the film and rinse the mixture in the shower.
Aloe Juice Wrap
Aloe juice (2 ampoules) + 5 tablespoons of almond oil. The mixture is applied to problem areas, covered with a film and wrapped. Hold for 20 minutes, then rinse in the shower.
Oil rubbing is great for sagging skin of the abdomen and buttocks, for the breast it is better to use light creams and lotions.
You need to rub the oil with light movements, avoiding stretching the skin, about 10 minutes a day, preferably at night or before resting while lying, so that the effect of the oil is complete.
The oil mixture should be heated in a water bath so that it is slightly warm – this activates the nutrients in the oil and accelerates absorption into the skin.
A mixture of oils No. 1
Mix almond and sesame oil in equal parts. Drop 1-2 drops of neroli essential oil. Nourishes and moisturizes, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
A mixture of oils No. 2
Melt cocoa butter, drip 1-2 drops of rosemary, verbena and ylang-ylang essential oil. Tones up muscles and skin, strengthens, heals microcracks, relieves swelling.
Self-prepared products give confidence that all components are exclusively natural – this is important during pregnancy and lactation.