Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a form of scarring on the skin with an offcolour hue. They form during rapid growth of the body, such as during puberty or pregnancy. In pregnancy they usually form during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, stretch marks mostly commonly occur on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks. Stretch marks are natural and not bad if preventive measures even if not ashamed of. Research shows that they are three home remedies improve the appearance of stretch marks

  1. Aloe vera: Aloe vera contains vital enzymes, minerals, vitamins and fatty acids that help boost skin elasticity. Aloe can be used as a preventive measure for stretch marks. Apply fresh aloe vera pulp on your skin everyday to reduce the appearance of the marks.
  2. Oive oil: Olive oil or extra virgin olive oil should be slightly heated and rubbed on the affected areas. This will also help existing stretch marks lighten. Since olive oil is rich in nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, it is very effective and will give your skin a smooth finish. Do this twice a day for best results.
  3. Sugar scrub: A good exfoliator will help you get rid of dead skin, eventually lightening your stretch marks. All you need for this scrub is: 1 tablespoon raw sugar, a few drops of almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients together and massage onto the stretch mark-prone areas. Wash off with warm water and you will see that your skin looks brighter and smoother.