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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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                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                          • (1) Research
                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                          • (3) Creating the outline
                          • (4) Drafting the content
                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                          • (6) Revision
                          • (7) etc.

                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                          2. Change Your Environment

                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                          6. Get a Buddy

                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                          Reality check:

                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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