For most women, stretch marks are something that they don’t want to have, get rid of, or something that makes them insecure.
They occur during periods of rapid growth. This can be when a girl hits puberty, or as a woman is pregnant. These are not the only reasons though. Anyone can get stretch marks because of a variety of reasons and they all look different depending on the skin of the individual.
Even though like any scar, stretch marks are permanent, There are some things that you can use to treat stretch marks and make them less noticeable… One of these things is using aloe vera and coconut oil.
how to use aloe vera and coconut oil for stretch marks
You might have noticed that you have streaks on your skin (they even can be purple or reddish too) and are the result of rapid growth, puberty, or pregnancy. But there are other reasons as well. Even bodybuilding, where your body rapidly grows, can contribute to getting stretch marks. Luckily there’s something you can do to lighten them.
Both aloe vera and coconut oil can both help in the treatment of stretch marks. Both can help you by lightening the effect the stretch marks have on your skin.
Most people know that Aloe Vera can help with a variety of things. Aloe Vera is a great healing agent, but can also make your skin smooth. That’s why Aloe Vera is great for treating stretch marks.
Aloe Vera gel (which you should use when you want to use Aloe Vera) contains glucomannan and gibberellin compound. Both of these ingredients are known to increase collagen synthesis and fade stretch marks.
How should you use Aloe Vera gel to help with stretch marks?
Using Aloe Vera gel is not that difficult, but you should know that there are 3 ways you can go with this.
Aloe Vera gel
This is probably the easiest and most effective. Get the Aloe Vera gel and mix this with the oil of two vitamin E capsules. Mix it well. When you’ve done that, the only thing that is left is to massage the gel onto the area for a few minutes. Leave it for about an hour and then wash it off (you can let it be there longer if you don’t mind). Repeat this twice a day to get the best results.
At first, you might be surprised, but not when I tell you that scrubbing not only removes dead skin cells but also promotes blood circulation and improves the oxygen supply to that particular area.
What to do?
Mix equal amounts (1:1) of Aloe Vera gel with ground coffee. Mix it well so that everything is distributed evenly. When you’ve done that, you should massage it on the stretch marks for a few minutes. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then wash it off. You can also clean it with a damp cloth or something like that. Do this every alternate day to see quick and good results.
Mixing other nourishing ingredients into the Aloe Vera mix can help you greatly in treating your stretch marks. Get a bowl and add two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel. Then put in one teaspoon of almond oil and a tablespoon of honey. Mix it all so that it forms a paste. Apply this mixture onto your stretch marks and let it sit there for about 30 minutes. After that, you should wash it off with water. Repeat this twice a week for best results (your stretch marks should improve with 2 to 3 weeks!)
How should you use coconut oil to help with stretch marks?
Coconut oil is also such oil that is used for a wide variety of beauty treatments. You can use coconut oil two ways when you want to treat stretch marks with it. One consists of only coconut oil and with the other technique, you combine it with Aloe Vera.
Coconut oil alone
Studies suggest that coconut oil has healing properties and it even takes less time to heal wounds when you use coconut oil. For stretch marks, this can also help.
How to use it?
Simply get coconut oil and apply this on your stretch marks. Do this twice every day and you should see improvement in a couple of weeks.
Aloe Vera and Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has amazing moisturizing effects on the skin and that’s why you can use it to treat stretch marks. To make this an even stronger solution, you should mix it with Aloe Vera gel.
- A tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
- A tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel
How to use?
Get a bowl and get the tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and Aloe Vera gel in there and mix it well. After that, you can massage it into the stretch marks and leave it overnight. Apply this once or twice daily and you should see improvements in a couple of weeks!
Does aloe vera treat stretch marks?
Yes and no. No evidence says that Aloe Vera is a treatment option for stretch marks. However, Aloe Vera has many healing properties that can/may help in treating your stretch marks and reducing them.
Aloe Vera (or Aloe Vera gel) is known to promote collagen production. This production is essential for healing scars and that’s why it can be great for stretch marks.
The other thing is that Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin greatly. Moisturization is essential when you want to heal stretch marks. It is also known to keep the skin soft and improves skin integrity. This all is great for treating stretch marks!
This might not be your first guess, but Aloe Vera prevents hypersensitivity that people get from UV rays. UV rays can cause itching, redness, and other things but it can also damage the skin. UV protection, and therefore Aloe Vera, is essential when you want to heal stretch marks.
So, is Aloe Vera THE treatment to stretch marks?
It can be, but it isn’t proven. There is no scientific evidence that it “cures” stretch marks, but it has all the ingredients to be effective.
The best thing you can do is to try and see it for yourself. Most likely it will help you get some improvement.
Why do stretch marks appear?
I touched on this question earlier in the article, but I want to give a little more information so that you know why stretch marks truly appear.
Stretch marks happen when the skin is pulled due to rapid growth or stretching. Normally the skin is very elastic, but with rapid growth, the skin is overstretched and the normal production of collagen is disrupted. When this happens scars form on your body and we call those stretch marks.
When girls notice stretch marks, they should know that they are not alone because many women have them. They are most common on their breasts, thighs, hips, and butt, but can also appear on the belly during pregnancy.
Other reasons that stretch marks appear (besides pregnancy) are rapid growth of muscle (bodybuilders), growth spurts that happen when kids enter puberty, Rapid weight loss, and rapid weight gain.
I hate my stretch marks!
When you do an internet search, you’ll find lots of women that complain about their stretch marks, and rightly so. I hope that by now you know a little more about why they are there and what you can do to make them less noticeable.
But, maybe the best thing that you can do is try to learn to love them. They are part of you (yes, you can make them less noticeable), and they aren’t likely to get away anytime soon.
Embrace them, see them as something that belongs to you, and is a part of you. When I did the same search we just talked about, I found a page where a woman has said it better than I could ever do:
“To me, they represent another part of myself that I’m “supposed” to hate, but I refuse. They’re on my hips, my ass, my boobs, my arms, my shoulders — pretty much everywhere. They’re a part of me, but they certainly don’t define me, or anyone else who has them!”
I hope that by now you know more about how to use aloe vera and coconut oil for stretch marks.
It isn’t hard to use any of the two options, and there are many more options out there. Aloe Vera, however, can do some amazing things when you put in some dedication. You can use it in a variety of ways and you can find out for yourself which one you like best.
When you don’t have to go anywhere, it might be handy to use a treatment that you can keep on overnight (the “Aloe Vera and Virgin Coconut Oil” treatment).
If that is not the case you can always go for another treatment described above that you should wash off after 30 minutes or so.
You must know that even though these stretch marks are permanent, you can do something about them and aloe vera and coconut oil are some strong remedies.
Make them less noticeable, treat them right, and make them a part of yourself. Stretch marks don’t define you! You don’t have to hate them!