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Stretch Mark Scrub with Raw Sugar & Shea Butter

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DIY stretch mark scrub - Dr. Axe

This homemade stretch mark scrub relies on raw sugar and shea butter, and I consider it one of the best ways for how to get rid of stretch marks, or at least reduce the signs of stretch marks. It’s easy to make and can be used several times a week for best results.

Now, keep in mind that stretch marks are actually fine scars, so they can never be permanently removed. However, you can reduce their appearance by scrubbing away dead skins cells. The fine grains of sugar work as a natural exfoliant and also promote healthy blood circulation.

Key Ingredients

Why do I consider this the best homemade scrub for stretch marks? Namely because of these outstanding ingredients for stretch mark reduction:

Sugar

While you want to use a softer sugar for a facial homemade sugar scrub, A coarser brown sugar like raw cane sugar, turbinado sugar or natural brown sugar works well for a DIY stretch mark scrub. (It also works well for a DIY lip scrub.)

But what makes sugar good for the skin? It is a natural humectant, meaning that it helps hydrate the skin. Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid, which is commonly used to treat dry, sun-damaged and aging skin. You may have seen the ingredient alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This ingredient helps the skin, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

All coconut oil can work wonders for the skin but a fractionated coconut oil (liquid) can work even better for DIY recipes, as it mixes well with other ingredients, easily penetrates the skin and will moisturize without clogging pores.

Raw Shea Butter

Full of all-natural vitamin A, 100 percent pure, unrefined, raw shea butter can improve numerous skin conditions such as blemishes and wrinkles, stretch mark prevention during pregnancy, muscle fatigue, dermatitis, and radiation treatments for certain medical problems. It’s also been shown in studies to even boost collagen production.

Vitamin E Oil

As both a nutrient and antioxidant with a history of use in dermatology for over 50 years, vitamin E oil can benefit a number of common skin concerns including burns, scars and wounds.

Essential Oils

Using lavender oil topically can help improve a number of skin conditions, including stretch markes, acne and age spots. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help ease skin conditions and help reverse signs of aging.

Lemon essential oil can benefit the skin, including nourishing damaged skin and hydrating the skin. Lab studies show that lemon oil is able to reduce cell and tissue damage in the skin that’s caused by free radicals.

How to Make A Homemade Stretch Mark Scrub

First, mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Key will be a half-cup of organic raw cane sugar, quarter-cup of coconut oil (or olive oil) along with one tablespoon of shea butter. Also add in a half-teaspoon of vitamin E oil, five drops of lavender essential oil and three drops of lemon essential oil (or one teaspoon of organic lemon juice).

For smoother results, place in a pan on low heat, stirring until smooth. Then place ingredients in a glass jar or container with a lid. If pregnant or nursing children, however, please make sure to check with your doctor before using essential oils or any new ingredients on your body.

Rub this stretch mark scrub on affected areas two to three times per week, such as during a shower. Then after you pat the area dry, apply my stretch mark cream to give your skin the best chance to become blemish-free!

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DIY stretch mark scrub

Homemade Stretch Mark Scrub


  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 applications 1x

Description

This homemade stretch mark scrub relies on raw sugar and shea butter, and I consider it one of the ways for how to get rid of stretch marks, or at least reduce the signs of stretch marks. It’s easy to make and can be used several times a week for best results.


Ingredients

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  • ½ cup organic raw cane sugar
  • ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw shea butter
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic lemon juice or 3 drops of lemon essential oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. For smoother results, place in a pan on very low heat, stirring until smooth.
  2. Place ingredients in a glass jar or container with a lid.
  3. Rub on affected areas two to three times per week, such as during a shower.

Notes

After showering and patting the area dry, apply a DIY stretch mark cream to give your skin the best chance to become blemish-free!

  • Prep Time: 5 min

Keywords: DIY stretch mark scrub, homemade stretch mark scrub

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