In one of our previous posts ‘5 Self Care Tips For Pregnant Women for a Mindful Pregnancy’, we mentioned how it is incredibly important for expectant ladies to engage in a variety of self-care activities that can help manage stress and make them feel more like themselves. However, caring for yourself shouldn’t end at childbirth. In fact, the postpartum period makes it all the more important for moms to zoom in on activities that can help boost their confidence and make them feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, body changes and battle scars such as stretch marks can get in the way of confidence-building. At times, they can even make some women feel a little insecure. If this is your reality, then worry no more, because there are many different things you can do to improve the appearance of those stretch marks.
Taking an argan oil bath
Of all the essential oils available in the market these days, the one that has been consistently gaining traction as of recent is argan oil -- and it's easy to see why. According to a number of studies, argan oil is capable of providing a myriad of benefits for the skin. Some of these can include protection against sun damage, skin moisturization, improved wound healing, anti-aging effects and sebum reduction. A 2016 study cited by Healthline also mentioned how water-in-oil cream containing argan oil can improve skin elasticity, thereby preventing and treating stretch marks early on. One of the ways you can reap these benefits is by taking an argan oil bath. To prepare an argan oil bath, all you have to do is draw a warm bath and then add a few drops of Pure Argan Oil. You can also try adding some lavender essential oil and salt to make your bath extra relaxing. This trick is especially perfect for those who have tree nut allergies or extra sensitive skin, since argan oil can still cause irritation to some even if it is generally considered safe.
Using a natural soap
Stretch marks are skin issues that can be caused, not just by pregnancy, but also by puberty and rapid weight gain. Like any other skincare routine aimed at solving particular skin issues, the first factor you have to consider when addressing stretch marks is your cleanser. After all, cleansers are products that come into contact with our skin much more than others. When it comes to choosing the right cleanser, PrettyMe’s review of Snail White Whipp Soap noted that it is best to go for products that are made of natural ingredients like bearberry leaf extract and black currant seed oil. While bearberry leaf extract can lighten the skin by reducing melanin production, black currant seed oil can reduce inflammation and help with skin regeneration.
Making a skin mask
Believe it or not, one of the solutions to your stretch marks can be easily found and made in your very own kitchen. To make a nourishing skin mask, all you have to do is mix two beaten yolks with the juice of one lemon, two tablespoons of oatmeal, two tablespoons of almond paste and enough milk to turn your mixture into a smooth paste. While the lemon juice can help reduce skin damage, lighten skin and decrease inflammation, the almond paste can neutralise free radicals, smooth fine lines and improve complexion and skin tone. To make your mask even more effective, consider using cocoa butter after rinsing the mixture off of your skin. Byrdie’s review of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream mentioned how the fats in cocoa butter can improve skin elasticity and add moisture -- helping ward off new stretch marks.
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What to check when buying your pure argan oil?
Always make sure to buy only pure argan oil since there tons of argan oil products in the market that are not pure. Here are some tips to help you buy the purest form of argan oil:
- Check the ingredients- make sure to check that it should only have one ingredient and that is Argan Oil (or Argania spinosa kernel oil). Nothing else.
- Check the colour - the coulour should be light golden yellow.
- Check the consistency - Argan oil should not be sticky and over watery but smooth and silky. If it looks watery and feels heavy on skin, it certainly isn't pure.
- Check the label for proof of quality or check the product's website - make sure the product is made in Morocco.
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