Are you conscious of the stretch marks that appear on your thigh and buttocks area? A lot of women avoid wearing bikinis or swimsuits without shorts or any covering because they don’t want to show their stretch marks. Of course, procedures that can totally remove stretch marks are quite expensive, so that may not be the most immediate solution.
So what’s the next best alternative? Why not try using some homemade stretch mark creams instead? These are safer than most clinical procedures and are not as costly. If you haven’t tried these creams or even heard of them, then here are a few things that you may want to know about.
Why Use Homemade Stretch Mark Creams?
If you make your way down to the store, you’ll probably find a lot of stretch mark creams from different brands. With that said, you may already think that making your own homemade stretch mark cream is a hassle since you can already buy ready-made ones in the store. However, we still maintain that homemade is still the way to go. These are the reasons why we think nothing beats homemade products:
The first reason is safety. Even if a brand claims that they are “all-natural” or have “no harmful ingredients”, you can never be certain, unless you see how it was prepared with your very own eyes. You definitely won’t know about the small amounts of preservatives that manufacturers add to their products so that these products will look attractive and last longer without changing form.
If you want to be totally safe, then it’s better to make a homemade stretch mark cream. With homemade products, you can control the ingredients you put in as well as control the process in which you make the cream.
Most of the time, high-quality stretch mark creams are pretty expensive because you pay for the branding. If you decide to make your creams at home, you can also control the cost since you control the ingredients.
Raw materials are not too expensive if you’re going to use all-natural products. The manufacturing process also won’t be too costly since you are only making a cream for yourself. In any case, you do save a lot of money.
It’s hard to tell whether a product is going to be compatible with your skin or not. There are some cases wherein some products simply don’t work for some people but work on others. This is most likely because one or a few of the ingredients are not compatible with a certain customer.
If you want to be totally sure of compatibility, then it’s best you stick to homemade stretch mark creams, so you’ll know what goes inside.
Ingredients Used for Making Homemade Stretch Mark Creams
If we’ve already convinced you to make your own homemade stretch mark creams, let’s go on to the common ingredients that you can use for making these creams. Here are a few ingredients you need to take note of:
One of the main causes of stretch marks after pregnancy is the lack of hydration in the body. So, it’s only natural that the right amount of skin hydration can prevent stretch marks or even lessen them.
That said, cocoa and shea butter are two very effective ingredients that can help with skin hydration. These two ingredients, combined with a few others, can surely help with stretch marks.
Coconut oil is also very useful when treating stretch marks since this oil has very high tissue repairing properties. If you use that in the mix, you’ll find that your skin will become smoother and softer.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is another oil that aids in the whole skin healing process. It has very powerful healing properties that are also extremely beneficial to your skin.
Lastly, we have the essential oils. Essential oils are extremely powerful, even for skin repair. The first that we’ll recommend is lavender. Aside from its aromatic scent, lavender speeds up the wound healing process by increasing the production of collagen that forms a new connective tissue. Other good oils you also use for your homemade stretch mark creams include cypress, grapefruit, and helichrysum.
Process of Making Homemade Stretch Mark Creams
While each process may differ per person, there are some general guidelines that you need to follow in order to make homemade stretch mark creams. Here are some of the general steps that you can follow:
Step 1: Melt the Butters and Oils
The first thing that you have to do is melt all the butter and regular oils together in a saucepan. These include shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, or any other butter or oil. Make sure the fire is low.
Step 2: Add in some Water
Make sure that all these ingredients are mixed together and completely heated up.
Step: 3 Cool the Mix and Add Vitamin E Oil
Once all the oils are already fully melted, turn the fire off and let the mix cool. Cool it for around 10 minutes. When the mix is cooled, you can add your vitamin E oil. Typically, most people put around 2 to 4 teaspoons of vitamin E oil. You can use this range and suit it to your tastes.
Step 4: Add Essential Oils
Lastly, you add the essential oils. The essential oils that you add in depend on your own preferences and research. Typically, you’d add in 10 to 20 drops of your preferred oils. Again, this depends on the recipe you’re following and your research.
The beauty about creating your own homemade stretch mark creams is that you know exactly what you’re putting inside, so you’re sure of safety and compatibility. You also get to save a lot of money since you’re not going to pay for any branding. Lastly, making stretch mark creams can be a lot of fun too. You don’t need to keep them to yourself. You can also give them as presents for any occasion and who knows, you may be able to start your business with this.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about making your own stretch mark creams. If you have any comments or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them below. And if you tried making your own stretch mark cream, tell us about it!