There are plenty of remedies for stretch marks and products that can help prevent stretch marks. But there are some simple DIY tips you can use with inexpensive products at home.
First, the best cure for stretch marks is prevention. In some cases, like pregnancy, rapid weight gain can produce stretch marks not only on your abdomen but on your hips, thighs, and breasts too.
So what can you do to help keep them to a minimum if not avoid them completely? Keeping the "danger areas" moisturized is key. Some moisturizers work better than others for keeping the skin elasticized. Here are some that work well:
1. Cocoa Butter - Lotions with cocoa butter are great for everyday moisturizing, but pure cocoa butter is better for areas that could develop stretch marks. One of the best we've found is very inexpensive and easy to apply. Queen Helene makes a cocoa butter stick and you can buy it at discount stores for under $2.
2. Vitamin E Oil - Just like cocoa butter, vitamin E is great as an ingredient in body lotion, but use pure vitamin E oil on stretch mark zones. Massage well into the skin on your belly, breasts, hips, and thighs twice per day.
3. Aloe Vera Butter - Aloe Vera has long been a known remedy for sunburn pain and many other skin ailments. Aloe Vera butter is highly concentrated (unlike aloe gel that you may use for sunburn.) The butter is highly emollient and very effective for adding elasticity to the skin.
All three of these will help prevent or at least minimize stretch marks. They also work very well if you already have stretch marks and want to minimize their appearance. If you already have stretch marks, whether they are still red/purple or have faded to a silvery white, you can also use gentle skin recovery treatments to lessen their appearance.
At home microderm abrasion treatments can be pricey, but they can work wonders on older stretch marks.
Skin renewal treatments that contain alpha-hydroxy, glycolic acid, retinoic acid, or peptides can be effective in boosting collagen production so that your skin can recover from the stress of rapid weight gain.
Do you have other tips that have worked well on stretch marks? Please include your ideas in the comments!