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5 oils for stretch marks
There are plenty of things mums-to-be are looking forward to, but stretch marks probably isn't one of them.
Luckily, there are plenty of remedies based on the healing and rejuvenating powers of plants, fruits and flowers that will prevent, or at the very least, minimise stretch mark scars.
Here are our favourite oils to protect your skin from stretch marks.
Pomegranates have long been touted as a superfood thanks to their high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. But when the oil is incorporated into skincare, it can also heal a number of skin ailments including dry skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation and acne-flare ups and acne scarring.
It is particularly good for boosting cell regeneration in the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and the dermis (inner layer). By increasing circulation, it helps heal any tissue scarring that may occur from stretch marks.
Rosehip oil is another oil that is fantastic for scarring. Unlike other plant based oils, it contains retinol (vitamin A) which is known for its anti-ageing powers. But like Pomegranate oil, it has strong cell regeneration actions that promotes elastin and collagen production which results in firmer, smoother looking skin with a bit more elasticity. For pregnant ladies, it's best to use it during pregnancy and after to avoid any scarring.
This oil is extracted from the seeds African Baobab tree, which is known to have a lifespan of up to 5,000 years, so it knows a thing or two about staying youthful. Thanks to the abundance of Omega 3, 6 and 9 within the oil, it's used to treat a number of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. These omega essential fatty acids, combined with the healing and regenerative powers of vitamin A, D and E make it an ideal treatment for stretch marks.
Although it is technically not an oil, Shea butter is still a fantastic treatment for stretch marks. Derived from the nuts from the karite tree, African women have been using this treatment for centuries for everything from burns to insect bites. The rich butter is packed full of essential fatty acids as well as natural anti-oxidants which give it some strong moisturising and healing powers. For stretch marks, it helps build elasticity and promotes faster cell renewal to reduce any scarring.
Probably one of the most common natural treatments for stretch marks, the butter extracted from the cacao bean has been used for hundreds of years to help keep skin looking healthy. Similar to Shea butter, it is filled with essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E which will plump and hydrate skin instantly, making it ideal for new and old stretch mark scarring alike.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks