DIY Beauty: Home Treatments for Stretch Marks

DIY Beauty: Home Treatments for Stretch Marks

Skin Hyperelasticity

Stretch marks (striae) are relatively common, even in males. It is not completely understood how they form, but there are several theories.

One is that stretch marks form simply when the skin is stretched to the point of breaking and a scar is formed.

Another interesting theory is that stretch marks are caused by an increased level of glucocorticoids (cortisol). Glucocorticoids prevent connective tissues from forming the collagen and elastin fibers need to keep the skin tight, and dermal layer then tears.

Some people may be more genetically prone to stretch marks than others. Skin type may be a factor; dryer skin has less elasticity than oily skin, and is more prone to stretch marks.

TREATING STRETCH MARKS

There are several extra steps you can take for the reduction of your stretch marks. Consider your skin care regimen, and fine-tune it to meet the needs of skin that is damaged, requires cellular repair and the stimulation of collagen and elastin production.

Nutrition: An adequate amount of water, vitamins E, C, selenium, and alpha lipoic acid, as well as enough monounsaturated fats (olive oil) and gamma lineolic acid (borage oil) are vital for keeping your skin strong and healthy and able to repair itself.

The basic treatment for the reduction of the appearance of scars is to regularly 1) remove the overgrown scar tissue with brisk exfoliation and then 2) encourage the regrowth of normal tissues with use of nutrients and conditioners.

If stretch marks have formed because of weight gain, reducing bodyfat stores (losing weight) can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks by releasing pressure from the skin.

Exfoliation: Stretch marks are similar to scars, there can be either a build up of scar tissue, which results in a raised stretch mark, or tearing and obvious depressions in the skin. Stretch marks respond well to vigorous exfoliation with both mechanical and chemical means. Your goal is to break down the malformed collagen and have it slough off, while new, properly constructed collagen and skin cells are formed below. You may wish to perform at least a light exfoliation on the stretch marks on a daily basis. You can use a massage tool to improve the breakdown of scar tissues. Applying alpha hydroxy peel products, such as retinol, glycolic or lactic acid, has shown to be effective for the improvement of stretch marks.

Protection: After exfoliating, apply antioxidant formulas with A, E, C, and alpha lipoic acids to protect the new skin cells from damage. If skin is to be exposed to the sun, apply a sunscreen to prevent further breakdown of newly formed skin cells.

Moisturizer: After exfoliating skin and applying antioxidants, moisturize the area thoroughly. If you are prone to stretch marks, remember to moisturize your body skin daily to avoid developing more stretch marks with weight changes. Aloe Vera should be used to improve skin microcirculation, followed by a layer of lipid-based cream or lotion.

Other Treatments:

  • Sleep: Get plenty of sleep to help your skin regenerate.
  • Milk Bath: You can soak your entire body with softening lactic acid by adding a cup or two of skin milk powder to your bath and soaking for 15 to 20 minutes several times a week. For extra enjoyment, add a few drops of your favorite scent to the bath. Rinse the milk bath off under the shower, but do not use soap. If you’re sweaty or dirty, take a quick shower with a mild soap before your milk bath. Moisturize your body skin thoroughly afterwards.

You can prepare your own tinctures and creams, or look for commercial products that contain ingredients known to improve the appearance of stretch marks.

The following nutrients may be helpful in the treatment of stretch marks:

Natural Internal Treatments for Stretch Marks

  • Vitamin C
  • Borage Oil
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Copper
  • CoQ10
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Horsetail
  • MSM
  • Palm Oil

 

Natural External Treatments for Stretch Marks

 

  • Natural Exfoliation Agents
  • Apricot kernal scrub
  • Bromelain
  • Dead Sea Salts
  • Dessicated Milk Powder (lactic acid)
  • Papain
  • Rolled Oats
  • Sea Salt
  • Brown Sugar (glycolic acid)
  • White Willow Bark, ground (salicylic acid)
  • Vitamin A Oil

Natural External Rejuvenation Agents

  • Almond Oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Borage Oil
  • Boxthorn herb
  • Bergamot
  • Sea Buchthorn
  • Clary Sage
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Comfrey Herb
  • Safflower Oil
  • Rosemary Herb
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sunflower & Safflower Oil
  • Vitamin E & Vitamin A oil
  • Squalene Oil

Remember that the reduction of stretch marks is a two step process. First, the malformed collagen cells must be broken down by mechanical or chemical means. Secondly the new underlying skin layers must be encouraged to grow properly and with proper nutrition and hydration.

With a little diligent effort, the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced and improved.

 

 

DIY Beauty: Home Treatments for Stretch Marks

What’s the best anti-aging product? You might be surprised.

English: The appearance of green tea at three ...

While searching for the world’s best anti aging skin care product I found myself traveling to the mountains of the Swiss Alps, the jungles of Africa, the caves of Egypt. All the while in the ed my discover was on so simply yet incredible it was more than I had bargained for.

Green Tea as an Antiaging product?

Who knew that in one cup you could possess something that can prevent heart disease, gum diseases, help you lose weight and even cure cancer? The claims against green tea are bold, so what can it do in terms of an antiaging skin care product? It’s an ancient drink that has been used as health food for all the benefits mentioned above and more.

Green tea has a high content of polyphenols. Polyphenols while in some plants contribute to the color of leaves during fall and autumn, in tea they act as an antioxidant. Helping to prevent cardio vascular disease and cancer.

The Polypheols in green tea which give it antiaging properties are known as catechins. Catechins make up almost 25% of the volume of a dried tea leaf. For comparison one cup of green tea will provide you with 10-40 mg of polyphenols which is more then a full serving of broccoli.

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DIY Beauty: Home Treatments for Stretch Marks

How to Stop Your Make-Up From Causing Acne and Other Skin Issues

Cosmetics

Men and women both use cosmetics. Women use more makeup, in general, but men use many after shave lotions, moisturizers, creams and lotions on their face as well.

Skin Cosmetics and Potential Complications for Your Face

We all want to look amazing, but some of the ingredients in some skincare products may cause skin problems that may take a long time to disappear after treatment.

Skin Cosmetics And Allergies

Skin cosmetics may cause two types of allergies – Irritant Contact Dermatitis or Allergic Contact dermatitis. With irritant contact dermatitis, the inflammation of the skin develops because of contact with any ingredient. Suppose you touch an alkali, you will damage your skin. That is irritant contact dermatitis. No cosmetic contains such harmful ingredients, but even a most neutral material such as water can cause it in many people if they are in touch with it for long. With allergic contact dermatitis, you get an allergic flare up as soon as you come in contact with an ingredient. Why you develop that allergy and your friends do not is not known. There is another issue here, that of phototoxic materials. You are all right if you apply something and don’t move out in the sun. As soon as you move out the material causes phototoxic reaction on the skin. Most of the pure and natural essential oils of the lime family cause that.

Skin Cosmetics: Which Ones Should You Use?

Anytime you buy a cosmetic, read the list of ingredients carefully to check for potential allergy triggers.  Always perform a small test by sing a new product first on the wrist and watch for reactions for twenty-four hours. Always buy hypoallergenic and anti comedogenic products if you’re sensitive. Identify all those ingredients that you are worried about and avoid any product that contains them. Save yourself from skin inflammations and colored patches and blisters.

Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before taking this or any other health advice on the internet.

 

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