Let’s face it – getting rid of stretch marks completely and permanently is nearly impossible, but you can improve the appearance of your stretch marks to a point where they are no longer as visible. To do this, you need an effective stretch mark lotion.
You can buy a product like that off the shelf at any cosmetic store. There’s no problem with that except – do you know what’s in it? If so, do you know whether it works? Are you paying too much for it?
You just have to cross your fingers and take the manufacturers word for it, but there’s another way – make your own stretch mark lotion. This way, you know exactly what’s in it, how it works, and why it works. Here is a rundown of the common ingredients that work in a DIY lotion for stretch marks, as well as several recipes to make your own in a jiffy.
These Three Common Ingredients Belong in a DIY Stretch Mark Lotion
Commercial stretchmark treatment creams, such as Skinception Stretchmark Therapy Cream, use carrier oils, moisturizing agents, and essential oils in their formulation. In addition to these natural ingredients, they contain trademark active ingredients. For instance, Skinception’s Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy cream has the active ingredients, Regestril and Darutoside.
Although your homemade stretch mark cream will miss out on the benefits of such active ingredients, you shouldn’t worry. The natural ingredients by themselves are quite potent. That’s why you should give you DIY stretch mark cream a try.
Your DIY lotion has three components, namely carrier oil, moisturizing agent, and essential oils. Each component plays a specific role in the formulation. Let’s look at each component in detail.
Component #1: Carrier Oils
Carrier oils perform two main functions:
- A Base: Carrier oils form the base for diluting essential oils. This is because essential oils are expensive. On the other hand, you can buy large amounts of carrier oils at a reasonable price. By mixing carrier oil with essential oils, you can get the benefits of both without paying too much.
- Absorbing: Carrier oils can penetrate deep into your skin. Thus, when you mix essential oils with a carrier oil, the essential oils can also enter the deeper layers of your skin. This is important for treating stretch marks.
Here’s the reason why:
Stretch marks form when the middle layer of your skin, called the dermis, breaks without tearing the epidermis, the outer layer of your skin. In other words, a stretch mark is an internal tear in your skin. This is why it makes sense that effective stretch mark creams should be able to go past the epidermis and into the dermis.
Now, let’s look at some common ingredients you can use as carrier oils in your stretch marks lotion.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a common ingredient in many stretch marks lotions. There are many reasons for its popularity. First of all, coconut oil penetrates deeply into your skin. Next, it strengthens your skin cell Furthermore, coconut oil has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, coconut oil is easy to whip into a cream.
Avocado Oil: Avocado oil contains high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids. Since unsaturated oils have smaller molecular size, they can penetrate your skin easily. Thus, avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil. In addition to this, avocado oil moisturizes your skin. Unlike other carrier oils, avocado oil stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that holds your skin together. Therefore, a boost in collagen production can help your body repair stretch marks faster.
Apricot Oil: Stretch mark removal lotions must have a carrier oil that doubles as an emollient, a substance that makes your skin soft. Apricot oil is a well-known emollient. It makes your skin soft and pliable. This prevents stretch marks from appearing on your skin in the future. Apricot oil also soothes irritated skin. If you have sensitive skin, you should consider adding apricot oil to make a stretch mark lotion that works perfectly for your condition.
Almond Oil: Like apricot oil, almond oil is also an excellent emollient. Applying almond oil on your skin makes it soft and smooth. If your skin is prone to rashes and allergies, almond oil can help you soothe your agitated skin. But, the biggest plus for almond oil is that it is rich in vitamin E, an amazing anti-oxidant.
Olive Oil: Like avocado oil, olive oil contains a high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. As a result, olive oil has the ability to enter the deeper layers of your skin. Olive oil also has all the other properties a good carrier oil should have. It is an emollient, it calms sensitive skin, and it combats oxidative stress using anti-oxidants.
Since you are looking to make a budget stretch mark removal cream, olive oil, and coconut oil are the top carrier oils you should consider while making a homemade stretch mark lotion. Other carrier oils aren’t as budget friendly as coconut and olive oil.
Component #2: Moisturizing Agents
Nearly two-third of your skin cells is made of water. Dehydration makes your skin cells prone to stretch marks. Since your skin is the most exposed organ in your body, it keeps losing moisture. To keep your skin from drying out, you must include a moisturizing agent in your stretch mark lotion. Here are the most common ingredients you can use for this purpose:
Aloe Vera Gel: You can find aloe vera gel in aloe vera leaves or bottled at your local drugstore. You can extract the gel yourself or you can purchase it online or offline. Aloe vera gel is a powerful It helps your skin retain moisture by forming a protective layer above it. Moreover, aloe gel has anti-oxidant substances that fight free radicals. It’s also great for soothing sensitive skin and preventing allergies.
Shea Butter: Shea butter is an off-white fat that people extract from the nut of the shea tree. It is rich in stearic acid and oleic acid. Stearic acid and oleic acid softens your skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Shea butter is available in many grades, such as unrefined, refined, and highly refined. For your purposes, most skincare experts recommend using unrefined shea butter.
Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is a major ingredient in all chocolates. But, it can produce some sweet results for your skin too. Cocoa butter is a highly stable fat. It doesn’t turn rancid for many months. It is a wonderful moisturizer and emollient. Plus, it has antioxidant properties too.
Beeswax: Unlike aloe vera gel, cocoa butter, and shea butter, which are plant-derived, beeswax comes from wax that worker honey bees produce. Although people use beeswax to make candles, its use in the cosmetic industry is gaining popularity. Beeswax is an effective barrier cream. This means beeswax forms a barrier over your skin, thereby preventing moisture loss. A disadvantage, however, is that beeswax doesn’t have anti-oxidant properties.
Considering the cost of the three moisturizing agents, beeswax is the most economical. Unrefined shea butter and cocoa butter cost almost the same. Even though you are making a budget stretch mark cream, you should choose cocoa butter because of its anti-oxidant properties and stability.
Component #3: Essential Oils
Essential oils are plant-derived concentrates that carry the aroma of the plant from which it is distilled. In other words, essential oil carries the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance. People use essential oils in a form of treatment known as aromatherapy. The essential oils add various benefits to your stretch mark removal cream. Let’s discuss those benefits.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E isn’t an essential oil, but it is placed it in this category for two reasons. Firstly, it doesn’t fall in the other two categories. Secondly, it performs a specialized function. The specialized function of vitamin E in your lotion is to reduce oxidative stress. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant. It neutralized free radicals, highly reactive molecules that impede cell division. You can buy vitamin E extract either in bottles or capsules.
Cypress Oil: Cypress oil is an astringent. Astringents are substances that cause your skin to contract. When you apply an astringent on your stretch mark, the resulting contraction makes the stretch marks appear smaller.
Warning: If you are making a stretch mark lotion for pregnancy stretch marks, you shouldn’t add cypress oil.
Grapefruit Oil: Grapefruit essential oil contains a high dose of vitamin C, an effective antioxidant. It stimulates the lymphatic system to facilitate the removal of toxins. Grapefruit oil keeps your skin clean and gives you a refreshing feeling. But, you shouldn’t use this if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Exposure to sunlight makes grapefruit oil a skin irritant. Also, avoid using this if you are pregnant.
Helichrysum Oil: Helichrysum oil is well known for its anti allergenic properties. If you have sensitive skin, you can use this oil to calm your skin. It soothes your skin and prevents inflammation. Helichrysum oil can also make your skin smooth and soft.
Warning:Since this is an anticoagulant, you shouldn’t use this essential oil if you have recently undergone a surgery.
Frankincense Oil Frankincense oil is an astringent. In addition to this, the oil is an anti-aging substance that promotes cell regeneration and tissue growth. It helps fade stretch marks and scars. Frankincense oil can also help your wounds heal faster.
Warning: Since the oil is an astringent, you shouldn’t use it during pregnancy.
Sandalwood Oil: Sandalwood is an essential oil with many helpful properties discussed so far. The oil is an astringent. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps heal scars and stretch marks. Plus, the oil fights premature aging. In addition to all this, sandalwood oil is generally safe for use, but you should always mix it with a carrier oil.
Lavender Oil: Lavender oil is a popular essential oil in the world of skin care. This is because of its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties. In addition to this, lavender oil soothes irritated skin and speeds up the healing process. It also improves blood circulation. As is the case with many of the oils, you should avoid lavender oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
For your budget stretch removal cream, you can use lavender oil. You are free to add any other essential oils to your cream if your budget permits. A word of caution, though, essential oils are strong. So, be sure to consult a medical professional to check whether it is safe to use the oil.
Picking Ingredients for Your Stretch Mark Lotion
To make your homemade stretch mark lotion, you should pick one carrier oil, one moisturizing agent, and at least one essential oil. For example, in your recipe, you will use coconut oil as the carrier oil; cocoa butter as the moisturizing agent; and lavender oil as the essential oil.
You can mix and match the ingredients at your discretion as long as you choose at least one ingredient from the three components. Once you procure the different components, you must blend them together to make the lotion. In the next section, you will learn how to do that.
Recipe for Home Made Stretch Mark Lotion
Now that you know all about what goes into an awesome stretch mark treatment cream, it’s time to put everything together. To do this, you will need the following:
- Three cups of unrefined coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice.
- One and a half cups of cocoa butter or another moisturizing agent of your choice.
- Three tablespoons of almond oil.
- Two teaspoons of vitamin E oil.
- Six tablespoons of water.
- 20 drops of lavender oil and other oils of your choice.
- A sauce pan to melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter.
- A whisk to beat the mixture.
- A clean air-tight jar to store the lotion.
After you procure all the ingredients, follow the steps below to make your own stretch mark removal lotion.
- Put the carrier oil, moisturizing agent, and almond oil into the saucepan.
- Place the saucepan on the burner at low heat.
- Wait for all the oils to melt.
- After the oils melt completely, add water one tablespoon of water to the mixture, until the oil and water blend.
- Keep adding water, one tablespoon at a time.
- Once you add six tablespoons of water, take the mixture off the burner.
- Wisk the mixture until it cools to room temperature and reaches a cream-like consistency.
- Add the essential oils and vitamin E oil to the mixture.
- Continue whisking the mixture.
- Now, transfer the contents to the clean air-tight jar.
- Store the jar in your refrigerator.
How to Apply Your DIY Stretch Mark Lotion
There you have it – an awesome homemade stretch mark lotion for men and women. To apply the lotion on your stretch mark:
- Spread some lotion on your palms.
- Rub your palms together until they feel slightly warm.
- Massage your stretch mark using a gentle circular, side-to-side, and up-down motion while massaging.
- Apply enough pressure – not so much that it hurts, and not so little that you feel nothing.
- Massage your stretchmark for 10 to 15 minutes every day.
- Continue massaging for as long as you can – more the better.
Palmers Stretch Mark Lotion Vs DIY Stretch Mark Lotion
Compared to your DIY stretch mark lotion, Palmers Stretch Mark Lotion is different, because it is a commercial stretch mark lotion. Palmers Stretch Mark Lotion costs around $10 for an 8.5-ounce bottle. Over half of the reviews on Amazon for this product are five stars. For this reason, it is an economical, popular and effective product. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types.
The DIY stretch mark lotion will cost nearly the same, so what’s the advantage? The advantage is – you can customize your stretchmark removal cream as you like. You don’t like lavender oil’s smell? No problem. Ditch it and use another. If you want to try how shea butter feels instead of cocoa butter, go ahead. Don’t want to make frequent trips to the store?
Not an issue – prepare a big batch of lotion that lasts for months. Moreover, you can use these ingredients to make a lot of other skin care products, such as exfoliates, moisturizers, and body creams.
Are Your Ready to Combat Stretch Marks?
In a nutshell, if you are particular about your skin care, you can make your own DIY stretch mark removal cream. If you want to avoid all the hassle, you can buy a commercial product. In the end, the choice comes down to you. Here’s an analogy expressing this in other words.
When you’re hungry, you can choose to eat outside or you can cook your own food. If you eat outside, your food’s taste depends on how good the cook is. If you eat at home, you have complete control over how your food tastes. If you learn how to cook well, you can certainly make a delicious dish at home.
In the same way, this article teaches you how to make an effective stretch mark lotion at home. Go ahead give it a try. Who knows – your product may be head and shoulders better than the best in the market.