Stretch marks are the skin’s natural response to growth spurts and weight changes. According to a study, it’s found more often in women (55%) than in men (25%), typically appearing in the stomach, breasts, thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. It’s very common and non-threatening; however, it can cause a person to lose confidence in their appearance. Once you get a stretch mark, it’s a bit difficult to get the area back to its original state—but it’s not utterly impossible.
Essential oils are one of the best ways to reduce the appearance and smoothen the texture of these marks. With regular use, the affected areas of your skin will look and feel blemish-free. Continue reading for a list of what you can apply.
1. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is a miracle oil, as it’s known to treat various skin problems. It mimics the skin’s natural oils and helps regenerate moisture and balance. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals that can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks. It’s also anti-bacterial, oil-controlling, and safe for everyday use.
2. Rosehip Oil
This aromatic essential oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish the skin to improve its elasticity and strength. Rosehip oil is made from the fruit extracts of roses which gives its signature heady scent. Reportedly, it’s the best source for trans-retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A, which encourages skin cells to regenerate at a faster rate.
3. Frankincense Oil
People commonly hear frankincense in a biblical context, but its essential oil extracts are particularly useful in skincare as well. It promotes skin cell regeneration and reduces the appearance of scarring. Frankincense is easily absorbed by the skin and has ferulic acids and vitamins that aid in antioxidation.
4. Argan Oil
Harvested from argan trees, argan oil is one of the newest skincare oils to enter the scene. Research suggests that it improves skin elasticity, preventing the occurrence of stretch marks in the first place. It is usually applied topically and is popularly used on hair and skin as well. Be sure to look for argan oils sold in dark glass bottles as this essential oil is sensitive to light—sun rays can break down its healing properties.
5. Lavender Oil
Famous for its calming and relaxing properties, you might be quite surprised to see lavender oil in this list. It’s another one of those must-have oils in your rotation since it certainly has a lot of benefits, including treating stretch marks. Lavender oil increases the production of collagen, the main structural protein component of skin, encouraging the formation of new connective skin tissues and wound healing.
Before You Start
If you’re pregnant or sensitive to essential oils, consult your doctor or dermatologist first before applying these topically on the skin. Remember to use carrier oils as some may be too potent and irritating when used directly.
Lastly, what works for one person may not necessarily work for you, so don’t be afraid to experiment and see which skin potion can help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks. Good luck, ladies!