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DIY Color Reducing Stretch Mark Salve

Statistics say that almost 90% of the American women get different types of stretch marks during or after pregnancy. But what happens when they ‘take possession’ over your body? Generally, this situation appears when the body is not hydrated and moisturized as much as it needs.

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Stretch marks, also known as striae, are in fact a sort of scars that appear on the skin the moment the dermis is continuously extended, until the collagen that gives the skin elasticity is broken, forming a scar tissue that is visible on the upper layer if the skin – the epidermis. At this point, the blood vessels dilate and color the marks in red or purple, which later will fade and will leave the surface of the scars white.

Even though this type of scarring is somehow permanent and doesn’t disappear for good, by following a topical treatment or using a moisturizer your skin will be smooth and soothe, hiding somehow the scars for some time. In other words, what you have to do is to improve the elastin content, to determine a faster skin recovery and to reduce its discoloration.

You should now that the majority of stretch mark creams are just simple moisturizers, which, of course, help the skin a lot, but do not make the scars disappear. Therefore, you need to moisturize, and keep your skin healthy, both from the inside and outside. A good solution would be an ointment rich in ingredients with bleaching properties such as the magic cream that we describe as follows.

Instructions:

Melt together over low heat 1 cup of raw cocoa butter and ½ cup of coconut oil. Once melted, add 1 cup of castor oil and ½ cup of sweet almond oil. Remove the mixture and leave it cool in the refrigerator until it becomes almost solid. Now, take a hand mixer and whip the mixture, in order to form white peaks. At this point, move it into a glass jar and let it stay in the fridge for about an hour, before proper use. You should apply the remedy two times a day, in the morning and in the evening, rubbing along the stretch marks. For better results, you can also combine this salve with a natural bleaching mask that you should apply once a week.

Properties:

Raw cocoa butter – is useful because it normally prevents the formation of stretch marks. As an ingredient in our cream, it is an emollient that softens and soothes the skin, speeding the healing process of the skin. Moreover, cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, offering the skin a deep hydration and toxin removal. However, be very careful when you choose the butter, as many products only claim to have raw cocoa, but instead, they contain many additives and ingredients that may damage your skin.

Coconut oil – is high in vitamin E, hydrating the skin. Similar to the sebum in your skin, this oil clears your skin of dirt, impurities and dead cells, also killing harmful bacteria.

Castor oil – has great bleaching properties. Its main role is to tone and cure the skin, being very famous for healing the “liver and age spots”. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties which launches it in the combat against sunburns and acne. Due to these characteristics, the castor oil gives the skin a uniform pigmentation. You can either apply it directly on the skin or you can combine it with different other oils in order to heal your skin.

Sweet almond oil – is a good moisturizer and emollient, contributing to a perfect moisture of the skin.

Good to know:

Stretch marks are completely harmless, in the sense that there is no chance they can get infected like other skin conditions. In spite of their naturalness, people spend a lot of time in finding the perfect cure.

Moreover, you should think of them as something positive as they bring a new life into the world; a life that makes you happy and joyful. Instead of thinking that they are the worst thing that has ever happened to you, think that, thanks to them, you have a precious life next to you – your baby.

DIY Color Reducing Stretch Mark Salve