Stretch marks are unpleasant, and they can make you self-conscious when swimsuit season rolls around and hiding the marks becomes nearly impossible. A number of low-cost remedies can reduce stretch marks, oatmeal and vapor rub being two of the best methods. Try these methods and keep the body hydrated. Stretch marks will become nearly invisible in a very short period of time.
Oatmeal is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce and remove stretch marks. Exfoliation is important when it comes to stretch marks because it scrubs off the dead skin cells on the body, which make stretch marks appear darker and more visible. Oatmeal works great as an exfoliating agent because it is coarse and crumbles fairly easy.
When taking a shower, use a loofah brush or wash cloth to spread some oatmeal flakes onto the body, especially the areas with stretch marks. Scrub the oatmeal over the entire body, breaking up the oatmeal flakes as you go. This will create a gritty, grainy oatmeal scrub that will break away dead skin cells. Rinse the body thoroughly after scrubbing, and remember to apply a moisturizing lotion afterward to keep skin from over-drying.
Many people swear by vapor rub as a healing agent when it comes to stretch marks. After applying vapor rub for a few weeks, stretch marks visibly start to diminish, and eventually vanish almost completely. Any brand of vapor rub will do the trick, brand name or generic. Simply smear some vapor rub onto a paper towel or wash cloth, or even apply with the fingers if you prefer. Apply in small circular motions to the areas covered in the stretch marks. Repeat this every evening, or twice a day if you can. Vapor rub should be applied after a warm shower, when the skin's pores are open and will more easily absorb the application.
It is also very important to keep the body hydrated. As water keeps the body hydrated, it also keeps the skin hydrated. This increases skin elasticity, which will prevent skin from forming stretch marks. Drink water throughout the day as often as possible. Be sure to take in at least two liters of water every single day to keep skin fully hydrated, glowing and looking its best.