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Top 12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

Top 12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are visible off-color lines on the surface of the skin. They are most commonly found on the abdominal wall, thighs, buttocks, breasts and upper arms.

What causes stretch marks? Your skin is composed of a stretchy tissue called elastin. During pregnancy or weight gain your body grows rapidly, which puts extra pressure on the skin. This creates red or purple stretch marks that will slowly fade to silvery-white.

Many people feel self-conscious about their stretch marks as they are new or discolored. If you want to get rid of your stretch marks, here are 12 natural ways to get rid of stretch marks.

12 Ways to Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

1. Potato Juice

Potato juice is filed with minerals and vitamins, which helps your skin to repair itself quickly. You can use it to eliminate stretch marks by slicing a potato up and rubbing the slices on your skin for 10 minutes. Leave the juice on your body for a few extra minutes before washing it off.

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    2. Lemon Juice

    Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent so it can lighten stretch marks. The alpha hydroxyl acids in the lemon juice also help to remove dead skin cells, speeding up the process. Simply cut a lemon into halves and rub the segments on your stretch marks. Leave the juice on your skin for 15 minutes then wash off with warm water.

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      3. Aloe Vera

      Aloe vera is well known for its healing properties. Filled with healing vitamins and a cooling effect, you can use it to help get rid of stretch marks. Just snap a few aloe vera leaves in half and rub the gel into your skin. Leave for 10 minutes before washing off.

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        4. Cocoa Butter

        Cocoa butter is an exceptional moisturizer and it promotes circulation, helping to reduce visible stretch marks. Massage a small amount of cocoa butter into the skin twice a day for 3 months to see results.

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          5. Egg Whites

          Egg whites are filled with lots of different proteins, so they are very beneficial for the health of your skin. They are also filled with collagen to help treat stretch marks. Simply separate the yolk from the egg then beat out the egg white. Apply it to your stretch marks and leave on for 15 minutes before washing off with warm water.

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            6. Sugar

            White sugar is a natural exfoliator that can help to reduce stretch marks. Mix a teaspoon of raw sugar with almond oil. Mix it well then rub the mixture into the stretch marks before taking a shower. You should see results after a month of doing this every day!

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              7. Alfalfa

              Alfalfa leaves are filled with amino acids, protein and Vitamin E and K, which all encourage healthy and toned skin. Mix a small amount of alfalfa powder with chamomile oil and mix well until a thick paste is formed. Massage the paste into your skin three times a day for results.

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                8. Castor Oil

                Castor oil can be used to treat many different skin conditions, including age spots, fine lines and stretch marks. Apply castor oil to your stretch marks and wrap in plastic to keep the heat in. Put a hot water bottle onto the stretch marks for 20 minutes for even better results!

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                  9. Olive oil

                  Olive oil is filled with lots of nutrients and antioxidants that help improve skin problems, including stretch marks. Simply massage warm extra-virgin olive oil into the skin and leave for half an hour so that your skin absorbs the nutrients.

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                    10. Tea Tree Oil

                    Tea tree oil is amazing for the skin; it contains anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-viral properties. Mix tea tree oil and coconut oil together, then massage the mixture into the skin and leave 10 minutes before washing off with warm water.

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                      11. Physical Exercise

                      Physical exercises like abdominal crunches and sit-ups help to tone the underlying muscles, which will help to reduce stretch marks. Swimming is also effective!

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                        12. Water

                        Drinking water helps to protect and detoxify the skin, and it restores elasticity. Aim to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin supple and your body hydrated.

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                          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                          1. Cat Camel Stretch

                          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                          3. Jumping Jacks

                          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                          4. Abductor Side Lifts

                          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                          5. Balancing Table Pose

                          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                            6. Leg Squats

                            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                            7. Push Ups

                            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                            8. Bicycle Crunches

                            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                            9. Lunges

                            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                            10. Bicep Curls

                            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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