Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks
I don’t think stretch marks need much explaining. We’ve all got them or have at least seen those silvery slithers that mark our skin. The ones that look like tiger lines are generally a fresh batch and they will simmer down and take on a silver hue.
Stretch marks are usually found on the hips, bum, tum, breasts and upper arms, and they form in the middle layer of the skin, where there is constant stretching and tearing.
It seems that girls are a little unlucky when it comes to getting stretch marks. 70% of girls apparently get them during puberty, while only 40% of boys get them. Stretch marks are also quite common during pregnancy, appearing after the 25th week. Stretch marks are not dangerous, but most people worry about their appearance.
Ok, now for the bad news. Stretch marks seem to attack some people, whether they put coconut oil on or not. Hereditary factors and even race seem to play a role in whether you’ll get stretch marks. But that doesn’t mean that you need to sit back and wait for them. Studies have shown that proper nutrition and hydration of the skin can lessen the effects of stretch marks.
Pregnancy Stretch Marks
During pregnancy, the stretching skin can become quite irritated and itchy. Coconut oil can soothe the skin and reduce the itch.
Applying coconut oil to areas that commonly get affected can reduce the risk of getting stretch marks.
Nutrition and Stretch Marks:
- Stretch marks can be a sign that you are lacking zinc in your diet. Zinc is found in foods such as oysters, fish, nuts and eggs. So making sure that you’re including these in your diet is a good start. Also make sure that your daily multi-vitamin contains at least 15mg of zinc.
- Vitamin C is also crucial in making collagen. Collagen is like our intercellular glue. So the more vitamin C – the merrier! (That’s about 2000mg a day)
- And lastly, vitamin E keeps our skin supple.
Can Coconut Oil Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
How can coconut oil help?
- The vitamin E present in coconut oil keeps our skin supple and stretchy, and it can help decrease the appearance of scars.
- Coconut oil moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
- It can delay the onset of wrinkles and decreases sagging of the skin.
- It penetrates deeply into the skin.
- The saturated fats in coconut oils strengthen the cell walls.
- The lauric acid in coconut oil makes it an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial fighter, promoting faster healing of the skin.
- Some of the vitamins found in coconut oil, such as vitamin E, K and iron, stimulate new cell regeneration – good news to get those stretch marks to fade!
- Coconut oil is a great hydrator of the skin! It keeps the skin nice and supple and thereby reduces the risk of stretch marks.
DIY Coconut Oil Stretch Mark Recipes
Coconut oil to the rescue!
- Coconut oil and olive oil: combine a couple of drops of olive oil to your scoop of coconut oil. What a wonderfully hydrating body oil! Double the dose of vitamin E too!
- Coconut oil and castor oil: add equal amounts of coconut oil and castor oil in a little container and massage into skin. Castor oil is a thick sticky oil, so don’t put your ball gown on afterwards! Slip into some nice flannels and let it soak into your skin.
- Coconut oil and coffee grounds scrub: for those of us who like to minimize our waste – this is a wonderful way to use those coffee grounds! Just add your used coffee grounds into some coconut oil. If you want to make a batch of these – maybe add about a half a cup of coffee grounds to half a cup of coconut oil. Give it a good mix and then pour it into ice-block molds. Put this into the fridge until hard. It’s quite easy just to pop them out of the molds once they have set. Store them in a zip lock bag in the fridge. Every time you bath or shower, take 1 or 2 little blocks out and rub them over your skin. Just rinse off like normal. This is a wonderful hydrating skin loofa all in one!
- It’s best to apply clean coconut oil to the stretch marks after your shower. Or you could even add a few drops to your bath water, and then apply to the skin after you have towelled off.
Ultimately, stretch marks cannot always be prevented, but applying coconut oil might reduce the risk. Remember -
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Eat a varied diet – with lots of foods rich in Vitamins A, E, C and zinc.
- Aim for a slow and gradual weight gain during pregnancy.
- Keep well hydrated! (With water that is. Not wine ;-)
Other pages in the cocopalmtree in connection with this page
Coconut oil for Stretch Marks Resources and References
1. Home Remedies. http://homeremediesforlife.com/coconut-oil-for-stretch-marks/.
2. Wilson, Sabrina. Organic Daily Post. http://organicdailypost.com/coconut-oil-stretch-marks/.
3. Lawson, Patrick Holford and Susannah. Optimum nutrition before, during and after pregnancy. 2004.
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