Stretch marks are a common problem for many people. Whether you have lost or gained weight rapidly, stretch marks are unwanted scars and many manufacturers have products to try and remove or reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Baking powder can help in reducing the visibility of stretch marks without breaking the bank.
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Stretch marks are scars that form underneath the skin. Known as striae, they start as reddish-purple marks and eventually fade to white. The use of baking powder, or any other product, cannot completely eradicate stretch marks but may be able to significantly alter their appearance.
Baking powder can be combined with many natural ingredients to form an exfoliate for your stretch marks. Combine baking powder with any combination of oatmeal, sea salt, ground coffee, apricot scrub. Once olive oil is added to the mixture, a 10 minute exfoliation is recommended on the area where the stretch marks have occurred. Exfoliation will leave the skin softer.
The mixture of baking powder, with other household ingredients and olive oil, produces a natural exfoliate for the skin. Unlike creams, which aren't able to penetrate the skin deep enough, exfoliating the skin with a baking-powder scrub will help remove layers of dead skin while also softening the skin at the same time.
Many manufacturers produce creams and oils that are said to remove or reduce stretch marks, but these are often expensive. Baking powder is convenient because most people have it in the kitchen. Mixing baking powder with different ingredients can give you the luxury of reducing stretch marks without spending a lot of money on products that may or may not work.
In addition to using baking powder to exfoliate, drinking lots of water and making some changes to your diet could help reduce stretch marks. Eat foods rich in zinc, essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, D, E and K, such as fruits, oily fish, lean meats, dairy products and vegetables.