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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 August 21, 2018

                          30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                          30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                          Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                          That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                           1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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                            Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                            2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                              If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                              3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                                It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                                4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                                  Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                                  5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                                    Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                                    6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                                      These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                                      7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                                        You never know when you might need some.

                                        8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                                          Get all the info you need here.

                                          9. Sangria!

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                                            We know what’s really important. How to here!

                                            10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                              By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                              11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                                Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                                12. DIY shower.

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                                                  All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                                  13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                                    Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                                    14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                                      15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                                        Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                                        16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                                          Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                          17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                                            It’s that easy!

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                                                            18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                              Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                              19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                                20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                                  That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                                  21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                                    For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                                    22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                                      You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                                      23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                                        Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                                        24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                                          By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                                          25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                                            26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                              Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                              27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                                That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                                28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                                  Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                                  29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                                    Get them while you can!

                                                                                    30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                                      With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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