I've found coconut oil to be an effective way to treat stretch marks caused by pregnancy. Let's look at why it's worked so well.
First, let me share something really personal with y'all.
Yup, that's my stomach. And those are my stretch marks. I have been pregnant twice in the last two years, and man has it taken its toll.
Before I got pregnant for the first time, my stomach was svelte. I did an average amount of exercise and really thought about what I put into my body, but I was also young. I had a couple of insignificant stretch marks on the insides of my thighs from puberty, but that was it.
Then my two precious darlings came along and destroyed the skin around my stomach. I have had serious issues with body image and self esteem because I felt like I couldn't control what was going on to my body and didn't have a clue where to begin fixing it.
Now, I'm a busy mum of two. And it's 24/7. I hardly have time to do my hair or even have a shower, let alone put lots of time and effort into getting rid of these unsightly scars. I do appreciate them because of why they're there, but I would rather not have to deal with them. Plus, I still want to look good for my husband.
Here's why coconut oil for stretch marks is effective. It's been the easiest thing to reach for - we already have some in our cupboard because I use it for cooking. I knew a little about it to begin with and felt comfortable massaging it into my skin because it's completely natural.
I looked into it a little further, and the facts blew my mind. Coconut oil for stretch marks is useful because its actually used as a base in a lot of popular skincare products. This is because it is such a hydrating oil, it keeps the skin moist and quickly repairs it without letting it get dehydrated.
I'll try not to get too technical about how it works, but let's break it down anyway. Coconut oil for stretch marks has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin. There's a nifty sounding element of the oil called a triglyceride that attacks protein molecules. This gives the skin time to repair itself and rejuvenate its vital layers.
Needless to say, using coconut oil for stretch marks has worked in my experience. While they haven't disappeared completely, they are certainly a lot fainter now than they were, and will continue to become less noticeable over time. It's really easy for me to remember to apply it, too.
Right before I crash land on the mattress after a long day with two busy babies, I grab a small handful of the stuff and rub it into my stomach. Heck, sometimes I even get my husband to give me a belly massage with it. I use Spring of Life organic extra virgin coconut oil - it's sustainably farmed, and non-GMO.