Be “In The Know” About Using Oil for Stretch Marks
Scars can occur suddenly when your skin gets stretched due to stress such as pregnancy or sudden weight loss or gain. The lower layer of your skin gets torn and scarring takes place in the dermis layer of the skin make-up.
Because the scarring takes place on such a deep level, no cream or oil will ever heal the marks completely. However, certain oils can drastically improve the look and appearance of the marks.
Home remedies like shea butter and coconut oil are go-to natural alternatives that many women use. But there are also great products on the market that work wonders as well…
Why Oil Works
Many use oil for stretch marks because of the saturated fats that strengthen the cell walls of the skin layers. Free radicals that are damaging the dermis layer are fought off by oil products that reduce the appearance of stretch marks!
The oil also plays a role in the removal of stretch marks by penetrating deep into the skin, treating the damaged area.
Oil can also be used in treating scarring from burns, cuts or scrapes and it effectively treats various skin conditions such as eczema. It can even be massaged into your hair for a leave-in conditioner! Or, use it on your nails to improve the look and strength of your nail beds.
Stretch marks are a very common occurrence after a woman gives birth. To prevent this from occurring, you can rub oil on your belly three times a day. This is a safe and effective remedy that will not complicate the pregnancy or the baby’s health. Using oil can even heal, soothe and moisturize a pregnant woman’s skin while she is carrying her baby.
If the stretch marks have already occurred, heat up some oil and rub it on the marks before bedtime to reduce the redness and dark appearances. Make sure to massage it gently so it penetrates deep into the skin.
In a few weeks, you should notice a difference in appearance. A lot of women have even reported a glow to their skin using the oil remedy. Make sure to rinse off the oil in the morning.
Follow these basic guidelines to apply oil more effectively:
- Apply oil right after showering. When your skin is clean, it is more capable of absorbing oil.
- Use the right amount. Don’t use too much or the oil won’t absorb into your skin and you will have excess oil on the surface of your skin.
- You can mix different essential oils into your oil blend. Try lavender and tea tree.
- You can also mix vitamin E with your oil. This improves the skin’s elasticity.
Other Tips to Prevent and Treat Stretch Marks
You can definitely use oil to treat and prevent stretch marks but there are other things that will help as well. Read on to learn more…
Try Castor Oil
If you use castor oil during your pregnancy, it also might help with the stretch marks you experience. It’s been known for decades that castor oil reduces blemishes and wrinkles. It helps the dermis layer retain moisture and also heals the dark marks caused by stretch marks. Apply a very thick layer on the stretch marks and cover it with cling wrap. Cover the plastic wrap with a heating pad for 15 minutes. Repeat this every day for a few weeks. Do this in conjunction with applying oil nightly.
Make Sure to Drink Enough Water
If you are dehydrated, your skin will not be able to heal itself of its stretch marks. Whatever you decide on, make sure to stay hydrated or your skin won’t retain any moisture. Elasticity is also maintained this way and the dermis layer quickly heals itself when the whole body is well hydrated. Drink half your body weight in oz of water a day.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eat a diet with a lot of Vitamin E as this vitamin prevents destruction to any collagen fibers and helps with skin elasticity. You can take a Vitamin E supplement or eat a diet rich in vegetables.