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How To Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Stubborn Stretch Marks

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How To Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Stubborn Stretch Marks September 20, 2017

No one wants to suddenly discover stretch marks on their body. They look unappealing and can stop you from wearing your favorite clothes at times. If you have stretch marks and are looking for an ideal treatment option for it, OLIVE OIL is your best bet. Read on to know how you can use this oil by itself or with other ingredients for stretch marks!

Both men and women can develop stretch marks, with women being more prone to it during puberty and pregnancy. Any drastic change in weight, be it gaining some or losing some, can cause these ugly marks. This is because the skin stretches beyond its capacity damaging the connective tissue. In the initial stages, stretch marks are pinkish in color, but as they progress, they become white or close to your skin color.

Those ugly marks won’t fade away quickly. The skin needs the right combination of nutrients that will restore the elasticity and natural glow as well. What better ingredient to achieve this than olive oil. Here is why this resourceful oil should be used to get rid of stretch marks.

Why Olive Oil For Stretch Marks?

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This natural oil happens to be a rich source of essential nutrients which are paramount for healthy skin. Let’s look at these beneficial nutrients –

  • Olive oil, with its rich content of vitamin E, acts as an emollient and skin conditioning agent (1).
  • It contains squalene and triglycerol which hydrate the skin and take away the dryness and dullness (1).
  • Olives are also a rich source of antioxidants. The phenolic compounds present in it are responsible for this. The free radical damage is reversed by these antioxidants to restore the skin’s health (2).
  • Olive oil contains wound healing and anti-inflammatory compounds that can accelerate the healing process of the stretch marks (1, 3).
  • Additionally, olive oil exerts anti-ageing effects on the skin by maintaining optimal function of the fibroblast cells (3).

With this wide range of benefits for the skin, this oil is not only good for simple stretch marks but also an excellent solution for pregnancy stretch marks.

Before we delve into the various remedies that include olive oil, we want to clear some myths regarding the usage of this oil.

Facts And Myths About Effects Of Olive Oil On Stretch Marks

  • Most stretch marks appear beneath the uppermost surface of the skin. Application of olive oil is thoroughly external. It is important to understand that applying olive oil regularly lightens the scars of stretch marks effectively, if not removing the same from within.
  • Regular use of olive oil can reduce the stretch mark lines from your skin giving you more confidence about the health of your skin.
  • Olive oil also works as a lubricant by supplying enough natural oils to the skin. So, when the skin expands post weight loss/gain or pregnancy, it helps skin to expand more easily. The skin’s resistance capacity increases which help it to withstand the ‘extra stretch’ without any side-effects.
  • Olive oil is both a remedy and a preventive solution for stretch marks.

Now that the facts have been stated let us talk about the olive oil remedies for stretch marks.

How To Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Stubborn Stretch Marks

  1. Massage Olive Oil
  2. Olive Oil And Coffee Grounds
  3. Olive Oil And Coconut Oil
  4. Turmeric And Olive Oil
  5. Aloe Vera And Olive Oil
  6. Brown Sugar And Olive Oil Scrub

Home Remedies For Stretch Marks Using Olive Oil

1. Massage Olive Oil

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You Will Need

Extra virgin olive oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some oil in a small bowl and lightly warm it up.
  2. Apply on the affected skin and massage well in circular motions.
  3. Leave it on for a couple of hours.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day for best results.

Why This Works

Olive oil for stretch marks during pregnancy is one the best solutions you can ever find. The warmth of the oil and the massage would help in speeding up the blood circulation over the area to a large extent.

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2. Olive Oil And Coffee Grounds For Stretch Marks

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the oil with the coffee to get a paste-like consistency.
  2. Gently scrub the affected area with this. Use upward circular motions.
  3. Scrub for a few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Coffee grounds exfoliate the skin to remove the accumulated dead skin cells and additional dirt and grime. It increases circulation in the capillaries under the skin and inhibits the accumulation of fat under the skin (4).

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3. Olive Oil And Coconut Oil For Stretch Marks

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You Will Need
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Virgin coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix equal quantities of both the oils and massage the skin affected by stretch marks.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is also another wonderful skin conditioning and hydrating agent like olive oil. It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds (5).

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4. Turmeric And Olive Oil For Stretch Marks

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the turmeric to the oil and mix well.
  2. Apply this on the scars and leave it on for as long as possible.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every day.

Why This Works

Turmeric is a spice that not only adds flavor and color to the food, but it also offers many benefits when applied topically. It contains antioxidants and healing compounds that can improve the texture of the stretch marks affected skin. It also brightens up the skin’s complexion (6, 7).

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5. Aloe Vera And Olive Oil For Stretch Marks

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a blend with the ingredients and apply on the stretch marks.
  2. Massage until the gel is absorbed into the skin.
  3. Leave this on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

This should be done every day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera promotes normal growth of cells and reduces scars and blemishes like stretch marks. This is because it increases collagen synthesis and breaks down the scars (8).

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6. Brown Sugar And Olive Oil Scrub For Stretch Marks

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 vitamin E capsules
What You Have To Do
  1. Carefully prick the vitamin E capsules and empty the contents (vitamin E oil) into the bowl containing the brown sugar.
  2. To this, add the olive oil and mix well.
  3. Scrub the affected skin with this for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Rinse the scrub off with tepid water.
  5. Pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

This body scrub can be used twice a week.

Why This Works

Brown sugar is an excellent skin exfoliant. By exfoliating, the top dull layer of skin is removed to reveal the smooth and glowing skin present below. This also makes it easier for the skin to absorb the nutrients from the oils and lighten the stretch marks (9).

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Known for its many utilities, olive oil happens to be one of the best remedies for stretch marks. Eliminating these lines from your skin is not possible overnight, but you would surely find the difference within a few weeks when you use these remedies regularly. You would get a better outcome if you start applying the oil from an early stage when the stretch marks have just started to appear. They are most easy to get rid of when treated in the initial stages.

Now, the market contains different varieties of olive oil – just regular olive oil, virgin, extra virgin, cooking, massage, etc. It is important to know which oil will work best for your stretch marks. Let us clear all your doubts below!

What Kind Of Olive Oil Is Best For Stretch Marks?

The extra virgin variety of olive oil also called as EVOO, is the best type to be used for topical application. This oil will is darker than the regular olive oil and is not chemically treated. This means that all the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in the oil aren’t destroyed, and can be used for treating skin ailments.

There we have it! The different ways in which you can incorporate olive oil into your skincare routine to get rid of stretch marks. Hope you liked reading this article.

Have you tried olive oil already? Don’t forget to leave a comment below about your experience.

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