Many women and even men are familiar with stretch marks. A lot of people are faced with this problem. It can be safely called a cosmetic defect that does not harm the health.
Despite this, everyone wants to get rid of unpleasant stretch marks on the body, and use various methods and approaches for this.
Striae and the reasons for their appearance
The scientific and medical name for stretch marks are striae. They are white or pinkish stripes on the human body. They are related to cosmetic problems. In fact, a person can live all his life with stretches on the body without experiencing any discomfort.
Strikes in cosmetology consider damage to the skin fibers. They occur as a result after a significant and sharp stretching of the skin. Most often stretch marks appear on the abdomen, chest, buttocks, legs.
Doctors identify several reasons for which stretch marks can occur:
- Strong weight gain in a short time.
- Hereditary stretched skin fibers.
- Frequent squats.
- Dry skin.
- Hormonal disbalance.
The most important and determining factor is the genetic predisposition to the lack of elasticity of the skin. This means that the same woman with the same weight gain may or may not show stretch marks.
The hereditary factor will be decisive. Someone can afford to gain 20-30 extra pounds, while the skin will return to its former state, without the slightest stretch. And for someone already 5-10 kilograms of excess weight will be disastrous.
Particularly often striae occur during pregnancy and menopause. At this time, the body is weakened, the hormonal background, as a rule, rages, so the work of some substances in the body decreases.
Prevent is easier than cure.
In fact, the treatment of stretch marks is quite a long and painstaking work. It is necessary to approach it systematically in order to really achieve effective results.
Doctors always tell the patient that it is much easier to prevent the disease than to try to treat it.
To preventive measures to combat striae include:
- do not get involved in tanning (including tanning);
- drink plenty of fluids daily;
- monitor the condition of the skin, if necessary, moisturize it with oily creams and oils;
- while taking a bath, use a contrast shower;
- weekly use body scrubs and peels;
- avoid excessive consumption of fatty, smoked and salty foods;
- try to take daily in the diet of vegetables and fruits.
How to remove old and fresh stretch marks on different parts of the body?
The fresher and newer the stretch, the easier it is to get rid of it at home. As a rule, completely old striae are removed only in the office of a cosmetologist with the use of innovative technologies. As for fresh stretch marks, they can be easily removed at home with the help of several different methods.
Folk and professional cosmetics
One of the most popular ways of dealing with striae is popular and professional cosmetics. It is so widespread due to its availability, ease of use and, of course, low price policy.
A lot of reviews on forums and in newspapers shows that popular and professional cosmetics can help.
Scrub is used not only as a treatment, but also as a prophylaxis of stria on the human skin.
The most effective way will be the use of natural products. With this role copes great coffee. It is necessary to take cake from coffee beans, to steam it. The resulting mixture to rub in a strong massaging movements in the area of the appearance of stretch marks.
This should be done before the burning and red spots on the body. After using the scrub, wash the coffee with running water.
The second no less effective way is considered to be a mixture of warm oils. Heat a spoonful of olive and almond oil in a water bath. Mix the oils thoroughly, rub the problem areas on the skin with them. Leave to soak for 5-7 minutes, then gently rinse with warm running water.
Massage helps the cells of human skin to regenerate, it makes those areas that have been sleeping for a long time work. With the help of massage, blood circulation can be improved, as a result, this will help to improve the general condition of human skin.
However, in order to get the most effective massage, you should use special blends that will enhance the effect of the procedure itself.
- Heat coconut, shea butter and cocoa in a water bath.
- In coconut oil, enter two teaspoons of wheat germ.
- Add lavender essential oil to shea butter.
Choose one of the mixes you like. All must be kept in a warm place. Initially, it is necessary to take a contrast shower, after which wipe dry and proceed to a massage. The advantage of it is the ability to do it yourself.
After the massage is done, wash the massage mixture from the body with warm running water. Do not forget that you used oils that will not be washed off quickly.
After a shower, it is necessary to rub daily into the problem areas of the skin of the cream.
It can be either purchased options designed specifically for striae, or those made at home.
- Mix coconut oil and a few drops of aloe juice.
- Connect the capsules of vitamin E and vitamin C.
Many girls in the reviews say that they helped fight the stretch marks of the popular Panthenol cream. It is a tool that saves the skin from burns and damage. Before using the cream for the greatest effectiveness, it is worth making a scrub or massage for the problem area, and then applying the cream.
It is considered a professional cosmetic procedure that can be done at home on your own.
For wrapping it is necessary to prepare a mixture, which will include:
- vegetable oil;
- aromatic oil;
- clay paste;
- Apple vinegar.
Mix all ingredients in one bowl. Apply the mixture to cleansed skin. Wrap all over with a plastic bag or special food film. Stay still for 20-30 minutes.
Then wash off the clay mixture in the shower using a stiff massage brush. At the end of the procedure, you can apply a greasy moisturizer.
The most pleasant procedure to help fight stretch marks is to take cosmetic baths. They restore the skin, regenerate damaged areas.
It is prohibited to dive completely into the bath. It is necessary that the chest was above the water.
In a bath with warm water, add a tablespoon of honey and sea salt. To add extra flavor, add a few drops of juniper or citrus fruits.
In a glass of warm water, make a decoction of juniper, hypericum and mint. Let it brew, add it to a warm bath prepared beforehand.
In stores there is a large selection of bath salts, which include additional useful substances. When taking a bath every other day, add 2-3 tablespoons of salt.
After taking a bath, make a contrast shower, dry off and apply stretch cream on the places.
Pitfalls of home treatment
Home treatment has both its positive and negative points.
To begin with, for a complete and comprehensive approach and treatment, it is necessary to first find out the cause of the disease. In that case, if the reason was a sharp fullness, then if possible, you need to lose weight, and only then get rid of cosmetic defects.
If the reason lies in the hormonal background, then you should seek help from an endocrinologist.
Home methods are good only with a constant and systematic approach. Salon procedures are considered the most effective. Sometimes, 3-4 procedures are enough to get rid of the problem.
Is there a way out?
You can get rid of stretch marks, but for this you need to follow the basic rules:
- It is worth starting the treatment from the moment you saw the first stretch marks.
No need to ensure that they become white. These are the most outdated types of stretch marks that are the hardest to get rid of. As soon as you notice red, pink or purple stripes on your body, you can safely proceed to treatment.
- An integrated approach will help solve the problem - there is no need to do only one procedure.
Only with a systematic approach you can achieve results.
- Regular procedures.
You can remove stretch marks both at home and in the beauty salon. The chosen method will depend on the severity of your problem and material resources. Much more efficient and faster way to salon.
However, home procedures can be no less effective, and with a regular, integrated approach, they will give a positive result.