How to Use Cocoa Butter to Reduce Stretch Marks Naturally

>> Apr 19, 2018


Overview

People usually think it is the pregnancy process that formed the stretch marks. However, actually, many women that have never ever gotten pregnant still have stretch marks and even they appear on males’ body, which results from the body development at the age of puberty or sudden weight gain.

In details, stretch marks are caused by breakage of bundles of collagen and elastin when the skin is stretched too much, which leads to the appearance of stretch marks on the skin of abdomen, thighs, buttocks, chest, biceps, or calves. Although, they do not affect the health, the stretch marks cause lack of aesthetic as well as affect the psychology, which makes many women lose confidence in life.
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Therefore, it is necessary to select the appropriate methods that can help to get rid of stretch marks. In this post, some effective remedies with cocoa butter will be introduced so that you probably can follow at home to get rid of these marks. Thus, don’t miss out anything in this article in order to know how to take advantage of a familiar ingredient- cocoa butter to prevent ugly stretch marks.

What Is Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa seeds and known as theobroma oil that possesses incredible skin-care function. Cocoa butter contains high vitamin E content, fat, antioxidants, and other precious minerals that are beneficial for hair and skin. In particular, fat in cocoa butter has wonderful ability to moisturize and soften the dry skin areas.

Thus, when applying cocoa butter directly on the skin surface, fatty acid and other nutrients quickly penetrate deep into the skin and bring the soft skin back. Besides, cocoa butter also helps enhance skin elasticity, thereby contributing to reducing stretch marks caused by the weight increase or during the pregnant period without any harm for the expected baby. Furthermore, since it contains an abundance of antioxidants, it can destroy free radicals which are harmful to the skin, resulting in preventing aging, scars, and wrinkles on the skin surface. Cocoa butter is edible, so people can feel 100% safe when using it.

Additionally, it is suitable for all types of stretch marks. Therefore, cocoa butter has become one of the safest and most effective natural materials for stretch mark treatment. Almost all cocoa butter has a light chocolate aroma, but don’t worry; the aroma is different from that of chocolate bars, thereby not appealing to insects or ants. Many people use cocoa butter to treat stretch marks instead of other products because they love its smell.

How To Use Cocoa Butter:

The properties of cocoa butter are brittle at the temperature of lower 20 degrees, softened at about 30-32 degrees and melted at around 35 degrees. Thus, if the weather is a bit hot, cocoa butter should be stored in a cooler in a refrigerator and can be used as long as taken from the refrigerator. Cocoa butter instantly melts as applied to the skin.

Cocoa butter alone is really useful in removing stretch marks and other types of scars. With tiny and new stretch marks, it takes about two months to get rid of them. Regarding the stretch marks that appeared a long period ago, it takes more time to heal them up. Therefore, if you want to accelerate the healing process, let’s apply some recipes below which are the combinations of cocoa butter and other wonderful natural ingredients.

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks With Cocoa Butter:

1. Cocoa Butter

  • Take a sufficient amount of cocoa butter and apply on the affected areas
  • Gently massage the areas for several minutes so that nutrients in cocoa butter can gradually penetrate through the skin then leave it on for 30 minutes and wash with lukewarm water
  •  Perform the method for 2-3 times per day

2. Cocoa Butter And Olive Oil

Olive is a traditional Mediterranean plant. Olive oil is extracted from olive fruit and often used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soap. Olive oil is widely used in the world, but mainly in Mediterranean countries. In ancient times, due to its fantastic usefulness, people spent a lot of time to make olive oil. It was extracted manually by grinding and squeezing the olives with the stone.

The reason why olive oil is used to treat stretch marks is that the olive oil contains unsaturated and saturated fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin K, and minerals. These substances can penetrate rapidly into the skin, interconnect the cells, increase the ability to protect the skin, quickly recover the lesions and erase the stretch marks. Moreover, the amount of vitamin E in olive oil also has the anti-aging effect, restore damaged skin, and help heal the stretch marks fast. Using both cocoa butter and olive oil will raise the efficiency.

How to do:

  •  Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoons of melted cocoa butter or 1 full teaspoon of unmelted cocoa butter
  • Use the mixture to gently massage the stretch mark area for 10 minutes then wait for more 30 minutes and rinse off with water
  •  Repeat the way for 3-4 times per week for the fastest result

3. Cocoa Butter With Aloe Vera

Aloe is considered a kind of "magical medicine" from nature that has great effects on the skin. Vitamin E in aloe vera contains antioxidant, protective and regenerative properties while vitamin C in it owns an anti-inflammatory property. Aloe Vera is a great way to blur wrinkles on the face, increase elasticity to prevent the appearance of the wrinkles.

At the same time, a great number of antioxidants contained in aloe vera can neutralize free radicals, thereby removing stretch marks on the skin and smoothing it. Therefore, aloe vera has been used by many women in getting rid of ugly stretch marks. One of the preferred methods of aloe vera for stretch marks is combining it with cocoa butter.

How to do:

  •  Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with one tablespoon of cocoa butter and a few drops of vitamin E
  •  Mix well then apply the mixture to the affected area
  • Gently massage for several minutes and leave it on till the mixture dries
  • Rinse off the area with lukewarm water
  •  Perform the solution every day to get back smooth and flawless skin
4. Cocoa Butter And Lemon Juice

Many women have known about the usefulness of lemon in beauty, especially in taking care of the skin. Lemon has frequently been combined with other ingredients to make facial masks so that it can bring women with the smooth and white skin. For removing stretch marks, lemon is also very helpful thanks to its rich in acids and vitamin C.

Thus, it can get rid of dead skin cells, brighten the red and brown stretch marks, thereby making the affected skin areas more youthful and brighter. In particular, lemon does not cause any side effect to the skin, so women can trust and use it frequently to prevent ugly stretch marks. The following is a simple and effective method with lemon and cocoa butter females can apply to get back the smooth and bright skin.

How to do:
  •  Mix one tablespoon of melted cocoa butter with two tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Apply the mixture on the stretch mark area
  • Then massage the area gently for several minutes and leave it on for another 30 minutes
  • Wash off with lukewarm
  • Perform the remedy each day until seeing the expected result

5. Cocoa Butter With Cucumber Juice

Similar to lemon, cucumber is also considered as a wonderful natural ingredient for the skin. Cucumber contains many good vitamins for skin like C, E, carotene, potassium, iron, etc. It also possesses high levels of antioxidants so it can maintain youthful skin for females. Moreover, this fruit contains enzymes that can prevent aging, remove stretch marks and increase skin elasticity. In particular, tyrosinase enzyme in cucumber acts as a lightening compound and improves weak skin.

Cucumber also has high levels of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are beneficial in treating lesions on the skin surface. Additionally, vitamin B and C in cucumber can help to reduce inflammation and dark spots on the skin. Based on these properties, cucumber is an ideal ingredient to prevent stretch marks. Combining cocoa butter with cucumber juice will make it more perfect. The way to use the method is similar to the one with lemon juice and cocoa butter. Hope that you will find it effective when removing stretch marks.

How to do:

  • ·Squeeze fresh cucumbers to get their juice
  •  Mix 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice with 1 tablespoon of melted cocoa butter
  • Apply the mixture to the affected area then gently massage for a few minutes
  •  Leave it on until the mixture dries completely
  • Rinse off with lukewarm and repeat the way every day

Tips And Precautions:

  • Although cocoa butter is normally safe for every type of skin, some users sometimes experience redness or rashes. Thus, it is highly recommended to test cocoa butter on a small skin area before applying it frequently.
  • For the best and fastest result, you should use high-quality cocoa butter or virgin or raw one.
  • If you are experiencing cuts, scratches or blisters, you should not apply cocoa butter on them.
  •  You should be very patient when using cocoa butter for stretch marks, do not stop if not seeing the expected result soon.
  • To accelerate stretch mark removing process, you also should drink enough water and eat a lot of fruit and vegetable.

Don’t worry if you see any stretch mark on your skin. If you are patient enough to follow the simple method above, for sure, your skin will be improved with considerably fewer stretch marks.

Author Bio:
This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural home remedies for health and beauty issues.

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