Stretch marks are among the most prominent and distinct scars that appear on the skin. They’re quite common and aren’t all that easy to get rid of either.
These scars appear when the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, is stretched beyond what it can withstand. A pregnancy puts you at the greatest risk of developing these tears on the skin as you probably already know.
Since most women tend to gain somewhere between 22 and 28 lb (or 10 amd 12.5kg) in the course of their pregnancy, these marks are almost guaranteed unless of course you take some preventive steps to strengthen your skin.
While there are a number of chemical and organic creams and solutions available to prevent these scars, foremost among them being Trilastin SR, you can also try out some home remedies as well.
Here’s a list of some of the best home remedies that help in the prevention of stretch marks during a pregnancy:
The best natural way to keep your skin moisturized is by applying coconut oil. You can directly rub the oil on the skin around the belly and thighs.
In order to assure that the oil is properly absorbed into your skin massage it in light circular motions. You have to repeat the process two to three times daily for best effects. There are other types of oils available that you can use similarly. In fact, even baby oil will do the trick. However, virgin coconut oil is a better option especially since it is known to speed up healing given how rich it is in collagen, which is an important protein crucial for healing scarring on the skin.
Individuals have been using castor oil to remove stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines for ages. Expectant mothers are advised to use castor oil packs on their the skin.
You can follow the steps below to see the best results:
- Apply a generous amount of castor oil on the skin by massaging on the affected areas in a circular motion.
- Wrap the area with plastic to allow your skin to fully absorb the oil.
- Another way to further aid in the absorption of castor into the skin is to take heating pad, or a hot water bottle, and hold it against the plastic for 20 minutes.
- You should be ideally repeat this process at least two times a week, maybe even three if possible.
- You could also consider combining 1 tbsp. castor oil and 2 tbsp. almond oil for added benefits.
Diet and Hydration
As we all already know, keeping the body well hydrated is absolutely crucial for healthy, naturally glowing skin. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, though more is definitely recommended. It will help keep your skin supple and which will in turn help it to stretch over the course of your pregnancy without tearing and resulting in scars.
Pay attention to your diet and have balanced meals that are rich in Vitamin C, E, silica, and zinc. It will help in nourishment of your skin. Vitamin C is very important because it will help in the regeneration of connective tissues and the prevention from stretch marks.
Use blends of oils for moisturization
In order to keep your skin properly moisturized, you can create a blend of all the important oils. Take a cup of coconut and olive oil and add 4 tbsp. of Vitamin E oil. You can also add 6 capsules of Vitamin A. Massage the oil on your skin regularly for best results.
Another mixture will include cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. Use double boiler or microwave to melt and mix the ingredients properly and add few drops of Vitamin E oil.
A word of caution, there is no guaranteed way to keep your skin from tearing while it is stretching as you grow to accommodate the new life inside you. The above methods, while not foolproof, have been known to aid in strengthening the skin thereby helping avoid scarring as much as possible. All the best and congratulations on your baby!