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Erasing Stretch Marks

BY CHIARA CUI

Pregnancy isn't a walk in the park. On top of nausea, back pain, weight gain, and the messy business of giving birth, it also leaves stretch marks that you'll have to deal with months, sometimes years, after delivery. But all hope isn't lost, dear reader, stretch marks usually disappear gradually after child birth. And you're not alone. Fifty percent of pregnant women have to deal with them. These marks, which usually appear in the third trimester, are a result of excessive stretching of the skin. Lucky for you, we've compiled some tips on how to erase stretch marks, naturally.

Natural Remedies for Stretch Marks:

Olive Oil

Rub some olive oil on the affected area at least once a day. It's a long process but you will start to see results after a few weeks. If the stretch marks are on your breasts, exfoliate using raw sugar and almond oil.

Almond Oil or Avocado Oil

Almond oil is high in vitamin E and helps the development of elastin and collagen content of the skin, thereby making it easier for the skin to stretch.

Water

Keeping hydrated with plenty of water makes the skin naturally moisturized and lessens the likelihood of stretch marks developing.

Exfoliant

Scrubbing affected areas with apricot scrub helps in healing stretch marks. You can also use a homemade exfoliant made of oats.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is one of the most common remedies for stretch marks. It's made of the fat extracted from cacao beans, which help moisturize the skin, thereby reducing the marks.

Food Rich in Zinc and Vitamin C

Fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, nuts, fish, milk, and plenty of greens are also helpful in reducing stretch marks.

Exercise

Abdominal crunches or stretching exercises such as yoga help to tone the muscles that are usually affected, significantly decreasing the formation of stretch marks.

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