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How to Fade Stretch Marks Naturally

author image Jody Braverman
Jody Braverman is a health and fitness professional and writer in Seattle. She has been a personal trainer and yoga instructor for almost a decade and is passionate about movement and helping people lead active, healthy lives.
How to Fade Stretch Marks Naturally
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Stretch marks are most often caused by weight gain and pregnancy, which cause the skin fibers to stretch. An increase in the hormone cortisol, which causes the skin to lose elasticity, may also be to blame. Although unsightly, stretch marks aren't harmful and will most likely fade over time. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no evidence to support the efficacy of any natural substance or home remedy to fade stretch mark. There are some things you can do to improve the appearance of your stretch marks.

Step 1

Massage pure vitamin E oil into the stretched skin to keep it moisturized and supple.

Step 2

Make a gentle scrub with pure cane sugar and honey to remove the dead skin cells in the area of your stretch marks. This will keep the skin soft and smooth and aid in cellular renewal.

Step 3

Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and plump to help avoid excess wrinkles that could make your stretch marks appear worse.

Step 4

Avoid exposure to the sun, which can dry the skin and make your stretch marks appear darker. Always apply sunscreen to your stretch marks when you cannot avoid the sun.

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