With the advancement of age, the skin of the human body gradually loses its sheen. As this skin becomes less flexible, the tissues in the middle layer of the skin become stretched as a result of constant expansion and contraction. This results in the formation of fine marks or scars under the epidermis - the top skin layer. Over time silver lines, called stretch marks, form. Stretch marks can occur as a normal part of pregnancy, rapid growth spurts, or weight gain. Many people are uncomfortable with these marks; these simple home remedies can help soothe delicate skin and help your skin retain elasticity.
The healing properties of Aloe Vera are very effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Collagen, which is the most important protein present in the skin to make it supple, is abundantly found in the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant. These outer leaves, when broken, secrete a sticky gel which is very beneficial for skin repair. Simply use this gel as an ointment and apply on the affected parts. After a couple of hours wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat daily till favorable results are achieved. For pregnant women, or those with stretch marks that formed rapidly, the soothing properties of Aloe Vera can help with irritated skin.
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