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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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                          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                          A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                          Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                          1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                          Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                          If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                          2. You put the cart before the horse.

                          “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                          3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                          A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                          4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                          The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                          5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                          If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                          6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                          Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                          The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                          7. You’re trying too hard.

                          Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                          8. You don’t track your progress.

                          Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                          9. You have no social support.

                          It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                          10. You know your what but not your why.

                          The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                          Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                          Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                          Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                          Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                          Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                          • The more specific you can make your goal,
                          • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                          • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                          • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                          I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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