I have made this homemade stretch marks cream because, like many women, I have few stretch marks (thanks to my yo-yo diet) that I would like to see the back of it.
Sadly, is not as easy as that.
Experts say that you can’t completely eliminate stretch marks, but it is possible to diminish them.
Studies found that there are two ingredients that can make stretch marks less obvious.
Prescription medicine you apply to your skin: In studies, two ingredients seem to offer some relief: hyaluronic acid and TretinoinAmerican Academy of Dermatology
It also goes to say that natural remedies don’t help to eliminate stretch marks.
Oh boy, so what now?
Natural remedies might not be for everyone, but they are very popular and they seem to work to some degree.
Maybe, they won’t get rid of stretch marks completely, but I do believe that some natural ingredients are helpful to reduce the marks and fade them over time.
So, having said that I have made my own cream with some of the most popular ingredients I found to reduce stretch marks. I have listed the benefits of these ingredients after the recipe, just in case you are interested.
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One important thing with creams for stretch marks is to be constant. Don’t expect instant results; you need to use them every day for several months. Also bear in mind, that fresh stretch marks are easier to treat than old ones, and that they tend to fade over time and become less obvious.
DIY Stretch Marks Cream
Shea butter (1 tablespoon)
Coconut oil (1 tablespoon)
Almond oil (2 tablespoons)
Calendula infused oil (2 tablespoons)
Rosehip oil (one teaspoon)
Hyaluronic acid serum (one tablespoon)
Vitamin E (2 teaspoons)
Lavender essential oil (10 drops)
Note that I have used my own calendula infused oil for this recipe, but if you don’t have it or don’t want to wait few weeks until is ready, you can buy it from stores like Amazon. This calendula oil from Aromatika has good reviews.
How to make it:
Place Shea butter, coconut oil, calendula oil and almond oil in a heat resistant container in a water bath over a low heat.
I have used calendula oil that I have made at home by infusing dried calendula flowers in sunflower oil but you can use shop bought calendula oil, castor oil or argan oil instead.
Once the oils are melted add rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and lavender essential oil.
Use a hand mixer to mix all the ingredients very well.
This is how it looks at first, but it will harden later.
And here is the finished stretch marks cream/pomade.
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Benefits of The Ingredients Used
1 – Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It absorbs quickly into the skin and its moisturizing benefits help to keep the skin supple and elastic.
2 – Shea butter is a natural moisturizer and a popular ingredient in many stretch marks creams. Is rich in vitamin A and it helps to boost the elasticity of the skin. Rubbing Shea butter directly onto the marks is said to give good results.
3 – Almond oil is a very popular ingredient that many pregnant ladies use to prevent stretch marks. It is full of vitamin E and helps to boost the skin’s elasticity.
4 – Calendula oil is an amazing oil produced from marigold flowers. It reduces inflammation, promotes skin healing and increases hydration. It is also used to calm redness, acne, diaper rash and eczema.
5 – Rosehip oil is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It is believed to be effective in preventing and reducing stretch marks.
6 – Vitamin E is added to many stretch marks products due to its antioxidant benefits and its effectiveness in reducing the appearance of scars.
7 – Hyaluronic acid – According to the AAD researchers found in two studies that using hyaluronic acid in early stretch marks made them less obvious.
8 – Lavender essential oil – According to this study lavender oil promotes wound healing and the formation of collagen.