Over-the-counter stretch mark creams and ointments can be expensive. An inexpensive alternative is creating your own creams using a variety of items commonly found in your kitchen or bathroom. Stretch marks are often seen during late stages of pregnancy, after sudden growth sports or muscle gain. The Mayo Clinic defines stretch marks as indented striated areas on the skin commonly appearing pink, red or purple. Stretch marks may commonly appear on the buttocks, thighs, upper arms and stomach. There is no guarantee when using home remedies for fading stretch marks, though many people claim the use of creams and ointments has helped fade stretch marks more rapidly.
Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Stretch Mark Cream
Mix 1/2 cup virgin olive oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel. Stir them together with a spoon or in a blender.
Pierce open six vitamin E capsules and four vitamin A capsules. Use a sharp, sterile needle or cut them open using scissors. Squeeze the liquid inside the capsules into the mixture. Mix again.
Store the cream in a clean container and refrigerate it.
Cocoa Butter Cream
Grate 2 tbsp. beeswax into a pot. Add 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1 tbsp. wheat germ, 1 tsp. apricot oil and 1 tsp. vitamin E oil. Pierce vitamin E capsules with a sterile needle and squeeze the solution from the capsules if vitamin E oil is not available.
Heat the ingredients on low temperature. Stir continually to evenly distribute the heat. Continue until beeswax has melted.
Place the mixture into a sterile container and refrigerate it.
- Massage on a daily basis onto the area where stretch marks appear. Use as many times as desired on skin areas.
- Increase skin's elasticity by keeping your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Include a nutritional diet and consume vitamins such as vitamin A, E, C and zinc, suggests www.allaboutstretch marks.com.
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