Stretch marks affect almost everybody. How much they affect you though depends alot on your gender, race and most importantly skin type. Stretchmarks are not a specific type of skin condition that only affects one set or group of people. It is pretty much a universal problem.
Although no one really has a 100% sure proof way to prevent stretchmarks (other than don’t stretch them in the first place) we do know what causes them.
The mechanics behind stretchmarks is quite simple. As you get older, and go through things such as adolescents, pregnancy, weight gain etc your skin under goes changes as well. Your skin will stretch to accommodate the changes in your body. Your skin is amazingly elastic. However, your skin only stretches to a point. If it stretches to much, you get a tear in the layers of skin which leads to stretch marks forming.
There are a lot of expensive stretchmark products out there, however if you have the time and materials you can easily create your own stretch mark creams for much less. The basic active ingredient in any stretch mark cream aims to increase the tone and elasticity of the skin.
Making Your Own Stretch Mark Cream
The great thing about making your own moisturizing stretch mark cream is that not only is it cheaper, but you can change it to suit your preferences. It is also simple to make. No cooking is needed.
You will need:
- Distilled water
- Avocado Oil
- Vitamin E Oil – Well known for its skin rejuvenating properties
- Lecithin Softgels
- Blender to mix it
Using 1 to 1 ratio, mix 100mls of distilled water together with 100mls of Avocado Oil. Place into a blender and mix on a low setting until the products are thoroughly mixed.
Add 10ml of vitamin e oil into the mix. If you have capsules, count out around 10. Use small scissors to break open the capsules.
Just like the with vitamin e, lecithin has been reported to be good for the skin as well. Lecithin when applied directly to the skin is readily absorbed and is commonly used to moisturize the skin.
Blend all the ingredients together on a low speed. Once you have got a consistent mixture, it is time to transfer it into an air tight container. If you wish, you can add a drop or 2 of essential oils to give your home made stretch mark cream a wonderful unique fragrance.
Place the container in the fridge for at least 1 hour to let the mixture settle. Do not accidentally freeze the cream as it will make it hard apply.
Rinse and repeat. Play around with the ratios. If you want a less runny cream add less distilled water.
As with all skin products. Test it on a sensitive patch of skin first for allergies.