When it comes to beauty, there is absolutely no need to head for cosmetic measures! Taking good care of yourself, eating well, keeping active, staying hydrated and looking after your skin and not overpowering it with cosmetic procedure and product allows you to look your best without the stress and expense! Of course the best remedy to skin issues is prevention, but in most cases it’s too late for that and we need something that will resolve the problem. Stretch marks and cellulite- we all have both somewhere on our body! But what are they?
Caused by stretching of the skin through growth. Increase in weight, growing, and pregnancy. They are long narrow streaks/stripes/lines that develop on the skin, and anywhere on the skin. Through intense stretching of the skin, marks form on the middle layer of the skin and when this layer tears, the lines are revealed.
This is caused as a result of fat pressed up against connective tissue that surrounds our fat cells. This creates a bulging of cells resulting in the lumpy effect you might see on your thighs or stomach.
It goes without saying that eating well, exercising regularly and staying hydrated will give your skin the best possible chance of looking its healthiest and reducing the fat build up in and around tissues. It will also stop too much damage when the skin might stretch thus reducing the chance of stretch marks. Sometimes though, its not that easy and we’re already stuck with them!
Here are 5 ways to reduce or get rid of those undesirable thaaangs:
1. Deep tissue massage or myofascial massage
It is thought that cellulite forms in a layer of connective tissue below the skin that contains fat cells (superficial fascia). This is fibrous tissue and in long periods of inactivity and injuries, scar tissue can form in the fascia causing the rippled look to the skin. Myofascial or deep tissue massage can smooth this layer. So regular trips to your massage therapist for these types of massage can help with cellulite prone skin. Massage in general is great for the skin as it stimulates blood flow to the surface, removes toxins (lymphatic drainage) and plumps slack skin which is essentially stretch marks. If you can’t always get to a massage therapist, get yourself a deep tissue foam roller and use this a few times a week on the affected areas.
2. Coffee exfoliating
Coffee scrubs are known for reducing cellulite and the appearance of line and stretch marks with its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. They are known to increase and improve circulation, smooth skin and reduce puffiness. Combine ground coffee granules with a base oil such as coconut oil and massage in circular motions into the skin and rinse away. Coconut oil will give you the added moisturising benefit too.
3. Dry bristle brushing
I actually swear by this technique for the reduction of stretch marks and cellulite. I have done this for a long time and genuinely seen amazing results. Specifically using a dry bristle brush (can be found in Boots, Superdrug, Body shop… anywhere), in long sweeping movements, sweep in the direction towards your heart and over the affected area. Do this a few times over the area, and a few times a week before your shower. The reason for brushing towards your heart is because we are improving lymph flow and lymph flows towards the heart. Try it!!
4. Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil is a saviour when it comes to stretch marks, cellulite, marks and fine lines. Vitamin E application directly to the skin is an effective way to add nutrient to the skin. It also improves the strength, elasticity and condition of the skin while fading marks on the skin. Do this a few times a week after showering when you have done your dry bristle brushing and you will see quick results.
Yes- you have to get active! Kettle bells are really good for working the thighs, legs, stomach areas. Kettle bell workouts increases blood flow to these areas, again improving lymphatic drainage. Kettle bell exercises are also a great way to burn fat and build muscle- reducing cellulite formation.
Give these a go and see what works well for you! Remember everyone is different, but hey these are all natural, inexpensive and harmless remedies so they are worth a try!
What is peeling? Peeling or scrub is a cosmetic agent which contains abrasive elements. The main purpose of peeling is to remove impurities and dead skin cells. After using scrub, the skin becomes smooth, because peeling stimulates blood circulation and contributes to the rejuvenation of skin cells.
By making a homemade stretch mark scrub, you can not only clean your skin by regenerating it, but you can also fight the stretch marks and cellulite. The most popular is the sugar-salt peeling, which can almost completely save you from stretch marks and cellulite in home conditions, using cheap resources, something we all have at home.
Preparation To prepare the peeling you will need:
– 250 grams of salt,
– 250 grams of sugar and
– 100-150 ml of palm oil.
If you don’t have palm oil, you can use olive oil or some other vegetable oil instead. It is preferable to use sea salt because it is healthier and enriched with iodine and trace elements, which contribute to the renewal of the skin.
Mix and stir all these three ingredients until the mixture achieves consistency of thick yoghurt. Place it in a middle sized jar or similar container with cover. You can use the same mixture for several days or weeks until it’s finished. If necessary, prepare new mixture.
Use this scrub every night when showering, rubbing it on the troubled parts of the skin, massaging in circular motion for 2-3 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water. After the procedure is done, apply a moisturizing cream or lotion on your body.
You’ll notice that the stretch marks and cellulite become less noticeable after only a month of regular use. Don’t stop the procedure after first positive results appear. It is possible to almost completely remove stretch marks and cellulite using this affordable tool.
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With the joy of pregnancy comes the joy of body changes. For those mothers experiencing hormonal and skin changes, stretch marks may make their first appearance.
Stretch marks can be an unsightly surprise to even the most fit and prepared mother to be. These markings can range from light to dark and big to small depending on a variety of factors.
If your pregnancy stretch marks make you feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, there are quite a few ways to get rid of stretch marks.
These light colored lines may be unsightly, but the lines are easy to nudge away with the right combination of ingredients.
With a little recipe from ingredients you have around the house, you can create a stretch mark concoction to rid yourself of unsightly lines.
In addition to these simply lifestyle changes, you can try this recipe for an all natural topical treatment:
Blend ½ cup of cocoa butter with a tablespoon of wheat germ. Drop in a teaspoon of tea kernel oil, 2 teaspoons of grated beeswax and some vitamin E oil. Warm the mixture and massage into skin two or three times per day.
If you are a more conservative woman and prefer not to take drastic measures against your stretch marks, there are simple and natural ways in which you can lighten the stretch mark and firm your skin.
Castor oil can be used as a moisturizer for stretch marks in addition to treating wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. With the moisturizing properties in castor oil, this all natural ingredient makes the perfect all purpose skin perfecta.
To use castor oil to remove stretch marks, simply use a circular motion massage with the oil on the affected area for five minutes, or more, depending on preference.
Put a thin cloth over the oil and perhaps a heating source such as a heating pad or warm washcloth. After a half an hour of treatment, you will feel the moisturizing results. If used every day for a month, you should notice a decrease in lines.
Aloe Vera is another all purpose skin treatment that you may have at home and can use for a multitude of ailments.
One of the best factors about Aloe Vera is that you can grow an Aloe plant in your home and have continuous access to the chemical properties that heal your skin and soften your lines.
Exfoliate! Exfoliating your skin is recommended for many skin ailments, but especially for stretch marks.
The act of exfoliation removes dead skin cells and brightens the skin underneath. The removal of skin cells and smoothing of the under skin help restore skin stretched to its limit.