Before the world woke up to numerous benefits that coconut oil offers, it was already been used in many old cultures. This oil has been used as a body moisturizer, face cleanser, hair de-frizzer, teeth whitener and so much more. Among the myriad of benefits coconut oil offers, the top one is its moisturizing properties. It can work wonders for dry, damaged and scarred skin.
Does this ring a bell! If coconut oil can help with damaged and scarred skin, it can surely help with stretch marks!
Is Coconut Oil Good For Stretch Marks?
Many women are die-hard fans of coconut oil. They swear that it was coconut oil that helped them to prevent or reduce stretch marks. Coconut oil has many health-boosting properties that can help in prevention and reduction of stretch marks. For example, coconut oil is a storehouse of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Thus its application helps keep skin younger and fresher.
Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid. Lauric acid is a rare fatty acid also found in breast milk. The unique quality of this acid is that it is antiviral, anti fungal and anti bacterial.
Secret Tips For Applying Coconut Oil On Stretch Marks
Coconut oil is good for stretch marks and applying it is quite easy. You can use coconut oil as you would use any other moisturizer.
Coconut oil has a thick consistency. Therefore, best time to apply it is just after you have taken a bath when the body is soft and is able to absorb more.
Skin absorbs coconut oil even better if the oil is at lukewarm temperature.
Just a little quantity of coconut oil is good enough. Apply it to body parts which already have stretch marks or which are prone to have them. Gently rub the oil over these body parts.
It can take up to 15 minutes for the oil to get fully absorbed. Stay inside bathroom for this duration and don’t wear clothes yet. You can just hang in your bathrobe.
Coconut oil can also be used as a cleanser for skin affected with stretch marks. For cleansing benefits, gently rub coconut oil over your skin, rinse it with lukewarm water and then pat dry.
Coconut oil can be combined with other natural oils such as olive oil or tea tree oil. Adding oils such as lavender oil or rose oil can give coconut oil a nice fragrance.
For best results, use coconut oil for stretch marks in a similar fashion twice daily.
On molecular level, coconut oil is tinier than many other oils. It therefore penetrates the skin better than most oils. As a result, coconut oil is able to moisturize deeper layers of skin. Especially during pregnancy, when growing stomach and breasts start feeling itchy, coconut oil can give much longer relief from this discomfort.
Unrefined coconut oil has more natural nutrients and thus is more beneficial. You can also look for raw coconut oil, organic oil or cold-pressed oil for great results.