" Rosehip oil lightens the appearance of stretch marks and scars."
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are scars caused by tearing in the middle layer of the skin (dermis). Due to the rapid growth during puberty or pregnancy or sudden weight gain, the skin is overstretched and torn, triggering the appearance of stretch marks.
Where in the body do you usually see stretch marks?
Stretch marks can appear on the tummy, breasts, upper arms, thighs, buttocks and hips. Stretch marks initially appear as slightly raised red or purple marks, then slowly turn into white or silver flat marks.
How to Prevent and Reduce Stretch Marks?
Without any treatment, stretch marks may slowly disappear after some years. There are some botanical extracts that may help prevent and reduce the severity of stretch marks. In my formula, Stretch Mark and Scar Minimising Oil, I use various plant extracts that have skin renewal and nourishing properties to lighten the appearance of stretch marks and scars such as:
1. Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina)
Extracted from the seeds of roses, rosehip seed oil has long been used in skincare products to reduce the signs of ageing and scars. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, rosehip oil helps prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks in pregnant women.
2. Cacay Oil (Caryodendron Orinocense)
Extracted from the fruit of Caryodendron Orinocense tree, cacay oil is the richest source of linoleic acid (omega 6 essential fatty acid). With up to 85% linoleic acid content, a study showed that cacay oil improves skin's elasticity and reduces pigmentation. Cacay oil can be beneficial for preventing and reducing stretch marks and scars.
3. Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa)
Rice bran oil contains oryzanol and ferulic acid, two powerful antioxidants that help reduce skin discolouration and protect skin from environmental damage.
4. Lavender Flower Oil (Lavendula Officinalis)
One of the well-known aromatherapy oils, studies suggest that lavender oil increases collagen production and promotes wound healing that can be beneficial for preventing and reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
5. Stabilised Vitamin E
Vitamin E speeds up skin cell regeneration, hence, it will be good for the treatment of stretch marks and scars.
To help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, apply a small amount of Stretch Mark and Scar Minimising Oil to one palm. Rub your hands together to warm the oil then massage in circular motion into areas of the body you want to improve. Use daily after a bath or shower learn more >>>
Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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