Should we love our stretch marks or should we hate them? That is the biggest question these days. With the whole world against body shaming and people proudly flaunting stretch marks over social media platforms, it seems like very coveted possession. No doubt stretch marks remind us of our pregnancy days or a difficult phase of sudden weight gain, and we should embrace them as part of our life journey, but that definitely does not mean that we should not try to fade these marks. However, it is again a personal choice. While some would like to embrace stretch marks as a permanent tattoo, there are still many who would like to get rid of them as much as possible.
A number of stretch marks removal cream are available in the market but they don’t guarantee results. However, there are a number of remedies at home that will help lighten stretch marks to a great extent.
1. Aloe Vera Gel
All-natural aloe vera gel can be easily extracted from the aloe vera leaf. Apply this sticky gel over the stretch marks and leave for 2-3 hours. Wash off with water. You can also mix aloe vera gel with the oil of Vitamin A and Vitamin E capsule and rub it like a moisturizer on your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water.
2. Vicks Vaporub
Who could have thought that the strong-smelling Vicks that treats cold and blocked nose can be used to treat stretch marks too! Stretch marks appear not just on your tummy but also places like arms, upper thighs, knee calves or buttocks. Apply Vicks over the affected area and wrap it nicely with a clean film. Keep it on overnight. Your skin will appear clear the next morning. If there are still traces of stretch marks left, repeat the treatment.
3. Instant Coffee
We might all be having the instant coffee mix at home Mix a packet of coffee with Vitamin E lotion to form a thick paste. Apply generously on the stretch marks and leave overnight. Wash off the next morning. This remedy will help you get rid of stretch marks instantly.
4. Apricot mask
Many women swear by this remedy for removing stretch marks. Remove the seeds from two apricots and crush them well to make a paste. Apply on the stretch marks. Keep for half an hour and wash with warm water. It will help you get rid of stretch marks gradually.
Mix one tablespoon of turmeric with one tablespoon of yogurt and apply on the stretch marks. Let it dry for 15 minutes before you wash with warm water. Moisturize well. The anti-inflammatory and skin-lightening properties will help to fade away stretch marks to quite an extent.
You also need to drink a lot of water and skin-friendly food to maintain the skin elasticity. Also, try these natural remedies to remove or fade off stretch marks.