The excitement and joy of motherhood is unmatched to any other feeling. You are not only preparing to bring your little one into this world, it is also the time when your body is going through numerous changes. One of the most common phenomenon associated with pregnancy is the onset of stretch marks. And this is the nasty part that most women do not like. While the belly is most prone to stretch marks, a woman’s hip, arms, legs, thighs and breasts may also develop stretch marks during pregnancy. It is a very natural reaction to the rapid growth of the body, when the skin is being stretched beyond its limits.
Although, it is difficult to get rid of stretch marks completely, a moisturizing regime during pregnancy can certainly reduce the onset of these pesky marks. Also remember to drink lots of water before and after delivery.
Here Are A Few Tips To Deal With Stretch Marks After Your Delivery:
1. Use Oil For Massaging
Oil massage is one of the most effective ways to keep stretch marks under control. Regular massaging of the abdomen, hands, legs and breasts can reduce the onset of marks and will also help in gradual fading of stretch marks. Olive oil is a very effective ingredient. Massage your skin thoroughly with olive oil and take a bath. It moisturizes and exfoliates the skin very effectively and thus, helps to remove stretch marks.
You can also use a mixture of olive oil, vinegar and water as a pack that can be kept overnight. Rub the mixture generously on the affected area regularly to notice changes. Apart from this, you can use castor oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil mixed with moisturizer or avocado oil to deal with stretch marks. Another great home remedy is to use coconut or almond oil mixed with a few drops of an essential oil like rose, germanium or lavender. Use the diluted oil regularly for best results.
2. Apply Shea Or Cocoa Butter
Similar to oil massage, you can use shea butter or cocoa butter to fade the appearance of stretch marks. It prevents dryness and maintains the elasticity of the skin, thereby allowing existing stretch marks to fade and stopping new ones from developing. Apply butter on your skin regularly and wash off after every application to notice visible differences in a few weeks.
3. Rub Aloe Vera Gel On Skin
Aloe Vera is a magical natural ingredient that is known to keep the skin and hair healthy. It is very effective in maintaining glamorous skin and can also be used to keep stretch marks at bay. After delivery, when the stretch marks are most visible, rub some aloe vera gel on the affected area. You can either squeeze it fresh from an aloe vera leaf or use the ones available in the market. Both are known to reduce stretch marks quite effectively.
4. Reduce Stretch Mark With Lemon Juice
The acidic nature of lemon juice is very good at lightening dark skin. Often, stretch marks appear to be darker than the normal skin tone and looks odd. Smear your skin with lemon juice and let it soak properly. Keep it for some time, allowing enough time for the juice to soak in and then wash off with cold water. Practicing this technique regularly will certainly reduce stretch marks considerably.
5. Apply Potato Juice
Another effective way of dealing with stretch marks can be the application of potato juice. Cut a small or medium sized potato into half or make thin slices. Rub it all over the affected skin and let the juice soak in properly. Keep it for some time and wash off. Do this regularly to notice changes.
6. Egg Whites Rejuvenate Skin
Egg whites are protein rich and helps to rejuvenate skin. It is ideal for skin that has developed stretch marks. Since it occurs due to the rapid expansion of the skin when the tissues break, the egg white can help repair the damage. Apply egg whites regularly on the stretch marks and in some time it will start fading.
7. Sugar And Lemon Juice Mask
To get rid of stretch marks after delivery you can try a simple skin mask made with sugar, lemon juice and almond oil. Mix one tablespoon of sugar with few drops of almond oil and lemon juice to prepare a pack that can be applied to the affected areas. It will exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. Apply this pack daily before bath and see how it fades your stretch marks.