Essential oil is often used in aromatherapy because of the soothing and rejuvenating effect of the fragrance on your body. It helps to relax your mind and body. Essential oils are potent oils which are well known for their healing powers. One of the best-known benefits of essential oils is that it fades away scars and stretch marks by boosting collagen production, promotes healing and supports the regeneration of new skin cells.
Stretch marks generally fade away over a period of time, but it is not possible to get rid of stretch marks completely. In this article we are going to discuss how essential oils are effective in fading away stretch marks. So keep reading till the end.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Striae gravidarum which is commonly known as stretch mark, appears on the skin when the middle layer i.e the dermis is stretched to the point of tearing. The tearing in the dermal layer of the skin appear as stretch marks. Stretch marks are linear marks which appear on your skin due to various reasons such as
- Sudden increase or decrease in body weight.
Initially stretch marks appear as red or purple lines which are raised and gradually their colour changes to white.. Stretch marks generally appear on the stomach, thighs, upper arms, hips, buttocks, breasts.
Stretch mark is not a disease which requires medical attention, but many people are not comfortable with the appearance of the stretch marks on their skin, hence want to fade it away quickly. At this point, essential oils come to the rescue. Essential oils play a major role in effectively treating stretch marks.
How Are Essential Oils Effective In Treating Stretch Marks
There is no scientific evidence that proves essential oils are effective in reducing stretch marks. But there is anecdotal evidence which claims that essential oils are helpful in treating and reducing stretch marks effectively. Essential Oils are natural oils which possess repairing, healing and cell regeneration properties, all of which collectively work towards effectively treating stretch marks. Women are more prone to stretch marks due to pregnancy and other genetic factors. Essential oils help to moisturize and nourish your skin. Its anti-inflammatory property helps to reduce any kind of skin irritation or itching. There are certain essential oils that helps to boost collagen production, which in turn increases the elasticity of the skin. The antioxidant properties of essential oils are helpful in the regeneration of new skin cells, thereby enhancing the appearance of the skin.
Top 5 Essential Oils For Treating Stretch Marks
Essential oils are natural oils which are potent in nature and which contain active compounds that are helpful in repairing, healing and regeneration of new skin cells. Essential Oils when combined with natural plant oils i.e carrier oils provide nourishment and moisturization to your skin, thereby improving the texture and appearance of your skin. Let us find out which are the top 5 essential oils which effectively reduce stretch marks.
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil which is well known for its calming property is also known to be effective in healing stretch marks. It boosts the collagen production and promotes cell regeneration which accelerates the process of wound healing, thereby treating stretch marks effectively.
2. Bitter Almond Oil
Bitter Almond Oil should not be confused with Sweet Almond Oil as both are different and extracted from a different type of Almond Tree. Bitter almond is known to contain substances which can be toxic when ingested. In a study, it has been proved that pregnant women who applied Bitter Almond Oil and massaged it for few minutes developed very few stretch marks as compared to the pregnant women who didn’t apply Bitter Almond Oil.
3. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense Oil is an essential oil with medicinal value. Since ancient times, It has been used for treating various skin conditions because of its healing properties. Frankincense Oil gets absorbed into the skin easily and the Frankincense Oil exhibits antioxidant property because of the presence of nutrients such as vitamins and ferulic acid, which is beneficial in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.
4. Bitter Orange Oil
Bitter Orange Oil is also known to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This essential oil helps to tone and condition your skin and makes your skin healthy and well-nourished, thereby reducing the appearance of stretch marks. People with sensitive skin should use this essential oil with caution as there are chances of developing an allergic reaction.
5. Neroli Oil
Neroli Oil is considered to be very effective in treating various skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, scars, dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is equally effective in treating stretch marks by improving the elasticity of the skin and promoting cell regeneration. Neroli Oil also exhibits strong antioxidant properties which help reduce your skin imperfections making it soft, smooth and healthy.
It should be noted that all these essential oils are quite potent in nature and should be mixed with appropriate carrier oil. The beneficial properties of essential oils when combined with skin-nourishing properties of carrier oils, help to effectively reduce stretch marks.
Top 5 Carrier Oil For Treating Stretch Marks
Dilution of essential oil with an appropriate carrier oil is necessary to prevent skin irritation or other allergic reactions on the skin. Lets us have a look at the top 5 carrier oils which effectively reduce stretch marks.
1. Argan Oil
Argan Oil is well known for its skin-enhancing properties. It helps to improve the elasticity of the skin and keeps your skin well hydrated and nourished.
2. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is well known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids which help to keep your skin soft and smooth. It helps to increase the elasticity of your skin and is effective in treating stretch marks.
Frankincense essential oil and Bitter Almond Oil blend well with Coconut Oil.
3. Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of thorny rose. Rosehip essential oil is rich in vitamins, fatty acids. It exhibits strong antioxidant properties which make your skin healthy. Rosehip oil is known for its soothing properties. It protects the skin from inflammation and keeps it moisturized.
Rosehip seed oil blends well with Neroli essential oil.
4. Olive Oil
Olive Oil is well known for its antioxidant, hydrating and healing properties due to which it is very effective in reducing stretch marks. It gets absorbed into the skin easily and enhances the texture and appearance of your skin. Moreover, it stimulates wound healing by promoting cell regeneration.
Lavender Oil blends well with Olive Oil.
5. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil is effective in reducing stretch marks because of its wound healing property. It keeps your skin well hydrated and stimulates collagen production thereby effectively reducing stretch marks.
Lavender Oil and Bitter Orange blend well with Jojoba oil.
How To Use Essential Oil Efficaciously To Reduce Stretch Marks
You should never use essential oil without diluting it with a carrier oil due to their potent nature. Take 2 tablespoons of carrier oil such as Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil or any other carrier oil of your choice and add 3-4 drops of any of the above mentioned essential oils of your choice and mix well. Apply this mixture on your stretch marks and massage gently in a circular motion for 5 minutes. Repeat this process twice a day regularly for a minimum 2-3 months to notice a difference. You should remember that the result may not be instant and you need to use this essential oil consistently for over a period of time to reduce or fade away stretch marks.
Stretch Marks are not a serious medical condition and they generally fade away over a period of time. You can use essential oils to reduce the visibility of stretch marks by diluting them with a carrier oil. Always remember to do a patch test if you are using essential oil for the first time.
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