Stretch marks are one of the most common dermatological problems, In recent years, many dermocosmetic products have exploited the power of nature, helping to reduce or even eliminate stretch marks.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are scratches of the skin and in particular of the middle layers (dermis), resulting from sudden changes in weight or height. They result from changes in the composition of the collagen of the epidermis. At first, stretch marks are red or purple and then become white. The reason is that with the breakdown of the skin, small blood vessels of lower layers are visible to the eye. Gradually, blood vessels recede and thus stretch marks turn into white streaks.
Common causes of stretch marks are:
- Sudden weight gain
- Height rise cutout
- Bad nutrition
Essential oils for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks
Nature is equipped with plants the essential oils of which help to prevent and treat stretch marks. Most dermocosmetic products combine actions of various essential oils in order to achieve the maximum desired effect, such as:
- Increase flexibility
- Antioxidant protection
- Improve skin texture
- Discoloration of stretch marks and improvement of skin appearance
Lavender essential oil
Lavender, known for its healing properties, promotes production of fibroblasts in the skin, “filling” scars and enhancing production of collagen, as well. It further eliminates the appearance of stretch marks, making the skin smoother and more beautiful.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil enhances the production of keratinocytes, thus contributing to the production of keratin and helps to strengthen the epidermis. It helps in the treatment of stretch marks and cellulite, while at the same time it offers deep hydration and pleasing refreshing aroma.
Jojoba Essential Oil
Jojoba has the ability to maintain moisture of the skin, offering improved skin elasticity.
Argan essential oil
Traditionally, it was used for skin and hair care, thanks to its vitamin E concentration and essential fatty acids (oleic and linoleic acid). It helps in skin’s elasticity and replenishes lost moisture. It creates a protective film, nourishes the skin while at the same time it has anti-aging effects. In addition, argan oil neutralizes free radicals by protecting connective tissue.
Patsuli essential oil
One of the best essential oils for treating stretch marks. Provides skin protection and strong antioxidant properties.
Neroli essential oil
Ideal for hydrating dry skin as it increases moisture and skin elasticity. It is combined with rose essential oil.
How to use them
Create your own household blend of essential oils to tackle stretch marks. Massage in the areas most in need. Dilute 5 to 10 drops of essential oils in 1 tablespoon of cream or base oil (eg coconut, rapeseed oil, olive oil, cocoa butter and almond oil). Due to the fact that essential oils have very high concentrations, dilution is a prerequisite. Rub the mixture on the stretch marks until it is fully absorbed.
At Vita4you you can find a wide variety of products for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks.