Stretch marks affect an estimated 80% of people and up to 90% of ladies who are pregnant. It is, therefore, an extremely common skin condition which is often the result of rapid growth due to weight gain, puberty and pregnancy as well as sudden weight loss. Some people are genetically more prone to getting stretch marks, but there are ways you can reduce your chances of getting stretch marks.
Here are a few effective home remedies to reduce stretch marks
1. Aloe Vera
This is a godsend for healing the skin as it is rich in antioxidants which support the healing of skin tissue restoring its strength and making it more supple. It also helps in the synthesis of collagen which makes the skin soft and smooth and more elastic.
If you are not sure whether you are allergic to it or not apply small amount on your hand and leave it there for a little time. If no adverse reaction is felt apply it on affected areas and wash it away with water after 10 minutes.
2. Castor Oil
Catsor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid which is a proven ingredient of remedy for striae. Infact it is graded as a homeopathic remedy for stretch marks. It is also a good source of fatty acids which means it is a perfect moisturizer for your skin.
Apply the oil on the affected area and leave it there for 20 to 30 minutes. It is preferable to cover the area with a hot water bottle or apply some warmth on the area to quickly see the results.