The body goes through so many changes as we grow, particularly for expecting women. Hormonal changes, the skin’s texture, weight gain/loss, genes, all these things affect the body’s appearance. To understand why coconut oil works so well in fading stretch marks, you need to learn the skin’s physiology.
Stretch marks are dark marks caused by sudden stretching of the skin. When the skin breaks down, it leaves scars on the epidermis. Stretch marks also go deeper into the dermis layer. This is why fading these marks is harder. Unfortunately, no creams or ointment can eliminate scarring in the dermis layer. To minimize the appearance of stretch mark, you have to heal the epidermis. When the epidermis is healed, the stretch marks become less noticeable.
And this is where coconut oil is good at. Coconut oil goes deeper into the dermis, healing the lower and upper layers of the skin. The lightweight oil repairs scar tissues and minimizes darkening.
Skin Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the best moisturizers around. And when you are dealing with stretch marks, you want the skin to be as hydrated as possible. Coconut oil contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. All these properties are beneficial to the skin, nails and hair.
Unlike ordinary body creams or lotions, coconut oil goes deeper into the skin. It’s fully absorbed within seconds. Coconut oil also contains antioxidants that repair and nourish damaged skin. It can be used internally and externally without harmful side effects.
How to Use Coconut Oil to Treat Stretch Marks
After bathing, towel yourself. Keep the skin slightly damp for maximum oil absorption. Add a dollop of coconut oil on your palm and rub your palms together. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature. The heat of your hands will melt the solid oil into a fluid. Now, spread the oil on the problem area. This could be the breast, thighs, buttocks or legs. If you’re pregnant, spread it on the stomach and lower abdomen. In addition, apply liberally as your stomach grows during pregnancy.
Give yourself a massage to boost absorption. Massage the oil into the skin in a circular motion. You can also use coconut oil to soften dry areas of the body, including the heels, elbows or knees. Coconut oil is also great as treatment for psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema!
Tips and Tricks
If you are using coconut oil to heal old scars, don’t use too much of the stuff. You won’t see any improvement in your skin if you keep using coconut oil unless you are pregnant.
If you can, always apply the oil right after bathing. The dampness of the skin is instrumental in absorbing all the oil’s nutrients.
Apply the oil on the hips, thighs, belly, breasts and buttocks three times per day. This helps prevent the formation of new stretch marks. Of course, if you have oily skin, you can cut back on the frequency of application. If you have old stretch marks, we recommend applying the oil every night before going to bed.
Finally, make it a habit to exfoliate the skin before applying the oil. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and boosts healing. It also helps fade dark marks and boost circulation!