As you make healthy and positive changes to the way your body looks and feels, it only makes sense that you might want to improve the appearance of your body’s largest organ: your skin.
Stretch marks, also called striae or striae distensae, happen when your skin changes shape rapidly due to growth or weight gain. They are not a sign that anything is wrong with your health.
Both men and women can get stretch marks as pregnancy and puberty are the two most common times in life for these to appear.
Stretch marks begin as reddish or purple lesions which can appear anywhere on the body but are most likely to occur in places where larger amounts of fats are stored; the most common areas are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs and hips. Eventually, most stretch marks fade and take on a lighter coloring.
This DIY fading scrub has two simple everyday ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Coffee has been gaining ground for its beneficial skincare properties. Like any treatment, it takes time to see results, so be patient. As a bonus, if you use this scrub in the morning, the aroma of the coffee will make you up and start your day strong.
You have two choices when it comes to using ground coffee. You can take it directly from the package or repurpose the used coffee grounds from your coffee machine. Either way, the caffeine in coffee stimulates blood flow and circulation when directly applied to the skin, improving cell regeneration. This ground coffee’s texture is also an exfoliant, removing dead cells and loose skin. This process allows new skin cells to receive proper moisture from the next ingredient.
Olive oil is capable of penetrating the skin to work on the different layers of your epidermis. Since stretch marks are located beneath the surface of our skin’s outer layers, olive oil works wonders to get to the location of the actual skin damage.
How to Use:
For the best results, start with clean skin. If you are using spent coffee grounds from the machine, you are good to go and can skip the first step. Otherwise, start with step one and move on from there.
- Prepare the Coffee
If you are using coffee straight from the package, you will want to moisten the coffee first. Pour about ½ cup of coffee grounds into a large bowl and moisten it with warm water. You don’t want to drown the grounds, but you do want them to be wet.
- Create a Paste
Add olive oil to the bowl with coffee and stir the mixture until it has a paste-like consistency. This should take anywhere from ¼ to ½ cup of oil, depending on how moist the grounds are. Ideally, the ending mixture should produce a paste that can stay on your skin for an extended period of time.
- Rub It Into Your Skin
Once the paste is ready, gently rub it into the area where the stretch marks are present. Apply it on the skin around the area too, as stretch marks extend past the area we can see. If the stretch mark is the size of a golf ball, apply to the area as if it were a tennis ball. Continue to rub it in light, gentle strokes for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Let It Sit
Once the paste is applied, leave it on for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, use a damp, non-abrasive cloth to remove the mixture from your skin gently.
After removing the paste, apply a natural moisturizer to the affected area two to three times throughout the day.
Repeat the process once a day until you see a noticeable difference in the area. Everyone’s skin is different, and some stretch marks are more severe than others. Fading can take longer than you anticipate but be patient. It will work over time.
If you don’t feel like making the scrub daily, you can place the paste in an air-tight container and store it at room temperature. It will be ready to use whenever you are ready.
In the comment section below, let us know if you have ever used a stretch mark remedy and if it worked for you.