Stretch marks are quite common in both men and women, more so in women especially during pregnancy. As your tummy grows to make room for a baby, your skin stretches. Hormones that surge when you’re pregnant may also weaken skin fibers and cause stretch marks. Even though you cannot completely get rid of them, you can definitely lighten them up. Here’s how to do it:

Cocoa butter

It’s known for its anti-ageing properties and could come in handy here. Use a tablespoon and massage on the stretch marks. It needs to be done twice a day to see effective results.

Cocoa Butter

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has been studied for its healing properties and found to reduce the time it takes for skin wounds to heal. Applying virgin coconut oil to your stretch marks each day might take away some of their red appearance.Coconut Oil

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Vitamin A Supplements

Vitamin A is a retinoid and simply taking vitamin A orally, can contribute to your skin’s health and overall appearance. One study in particular identified retinoids as helping the appearance of stretch marks. A diet rich in certain foods, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, might also help you increase your vitamin A levels.Vitamin A Supplements

Aloe Vera Gel

Pure aloe vera is both a natural healing agent and a skin softener. This makes it an ideal home remedy to try for stretch marks. Apply pure aloe vera or aloe vera gel to your stretch marks daily after your shower.Aloe-Vera Gel

Carboxytherapy 

This is when doctors inject small amounts of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) into the stretch marks with a needle. It makes your skin ‘think’ there’s an oxygen deficit and it sends blood to the area, increasing blood flow and regenerating the area. It improves elasticity but again, won’t get rid of the marks fully.CarboxyTherapy

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Use make up

You can use concealer on areas with stretch marks. There are specific leg and body creams and sprays you can use. Remember to use the right skin tone as your legs are often a different shade as compared to your face. Use a primer moisturizer or a waterproof concealer – remember to use something with a greener base if you’re covering up red stretch marks.

Make Up

These tips and tricks will definitely help in reducing your stretch marks and making you more confident. But you have to also understand that reducing stretch marks is not an overnight job and you must be consistent in following these treatments if you wish to reduce their presence overall. Also, keep eating healthy food for young-looking healthy and radiant skin.

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Namita Nayyar, the President and owner of Womenfitness.org, has studied in-depth about exercise and nutrition, both normal and therapeutic. She is an M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), Nutrition & Fitness Expert (IFA). Women Fitness is a world leading website on women health and fitness in India. It believes that every woman can achieve her desired body if she believes in herself and works wholeheartedly to achieve a healthy and fit body. Their mission is to support each woman to achieve their fitness goal.

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