Here Is Everything You Need to Know about Stretch Marks

Here Is Everything You Need to Know about Stretch Marks - Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin. Read on here to learn about everything you need to know about stretch marks and a video clip on how to get rid of stretch marks naturally.
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Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin.

 

They are often referred to by doctors as Stria or Striae and Striae Gravidarum during pregnancy. The areas of the body most often affected by stretch marks are the abdomen (tummy), buttocks, and thighs.

 

They develop when the the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. The dermis can be stretched:

 

  • during pregnancy
  • as a result of weight gain
  • due to growth spurts during puberty

 

Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with and will gradually fade to a silvery-white color. They are usually long and thin. Read more about the characteristics of stretch marks.

 

Can I get rid of stretch marks?

 

Most stretch marks are not particularly noticeable and will fade over time. If you have stretch marks that are unsightly or which affect a large area of your body, there are treatments available. Creams, gels or lotions, laser surgery and cosmetic surgery are all used to treat stretch marks.

 

However, there is little in the way of medical evidence to show that these treatments are effective, so it’s important to be realistic about what they can achieve. Also, laser treatment and cosmetic surgery are not available on the NHS, so treatment can be expensive.

 

You should see your GP if your stretch marks do not seem to be linked to weight gain or growth because they might be a sign of another condition. In rare cases, stretch marks can be a caused by conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome.

 

Preventing stretch marks

 

In some situations, such as during pregnancy, it isn’t possible to prevent stretch marks. However, controlling your weight and looking after your skin can reduce your risk of developing them.

 

Stretch marks are very common and cannot be prevented altogether. However, the following advice may help reduce your risk of developing stretch marks.

 

Healthy weight

 

Gaining weight rapidly over a short period of time is one of the most common causes of stretch marks. Diets that cause your weight to quickly go up and down can cause stretch marks to develop because your skin is stretched by the sudden increases and decreases in your size.

 

Therefore, avoiding rapid weight gain and weight loss can help prevent stretch marks from occurring.

 

If you need to lose weight, you should do it slowly by eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting plenty of regular exercise. You should not lose more than 0.5kg (1lb) a week.

 

Skincare

 

Massaging your skin every day with moisturizer or a massage glove can help improve your circulation and encourage new tissue growth. It is also important to eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin E, vitamin C, and the minerals zinc and silicon. These vitamins and minerals will help keep your skin healthy.

 

During pregnancy

 

Stretch marks that develop during pregnancy are usually due to hormonal changes that affect your skin. However, gaining pregnancy weight steadily may help minimize the effect of stretch marks.

 

During pregnancy, it is normal for a woman to put on weight over a relatively short period of time. However, it is a myth that you need to ‘eat for two’, even if you are expecting twins or triplets.

 

You do not need to go on a special diet if you are pregnant, but you should eat a variety of different foods every day to get the right balance of nutrients for you and your baby. Your diet should be rich in whole wheat carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, as well as fruit and vegetables.

 

During pregnancy, your weight gain should be slow and gradual. The amount of weight you put on will depend on the weight you were before you became pregnant. It is normal to gain 1-2kg (2.2-4.4lb) over the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.

 

As a rough guide, during pregnancy, women who are:

 

  • underweight (have a BMI of less than 18.5) should gain 12.7-18.1kg (28-40lb)

 

  • a normal weight (have a BMI of 18.5-24.9) should gain 11.3-15.9kg (25-35lb)

 

  • overweight (have a BMI of more than 25) should gain 6.8-11.3kg (15-25lb)

 

  • Obese (have a BMI of more than 30) should gain 5-9.1kg (11-20lb).

 

Speak to your GP, midwife, or health visitor if you are worried you are not gaining weight at a healthy rate, or if you are concerned about your stretch marks.

 

Watch this Video – How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks Fast and Naturally – It Works!

 

 

By Justin E King, author of the Erase Your Stretch Marks program. This program will teach you the natural ways to treat your stretch marks, how to minimize them, how to get rid of them by using some homemade cream recipes and nutritional guidelines. For more information about this program, CLICK HERE to Find Out How to Remove Stretch Marks.

 

Revealing Here the Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin

Revealing Here the Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin - The wonders and benefits associated with turmeric curcumin have greatly impact the health of many people. Not only as number one healing herb but also as an alternative medicine that has many healing properties.
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The wonders and benefits associated with turmeric curcumin have greatly impact the health of many people. Not only as number one healing herb but also as an alternative medicine that has many healing properties.

Way back 5,000 years ago, people from India found out turmeric curcumin and have used it as a natural ayurvedic medicine due to the natural anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian system which means “ayur” life and “veda” as science or knowledge. The healing effects of the golden spice then reached China by 700 AD, and continued to the east and west Africa from 800 and 1200 AD respectively.

Turmeric is sacred and important in the Hindu faith as it is used in weddings as well as an important tool for keeping the evil spirits away.

Turmeric originates from the Curcuma longa (botanical name) which belong to the ginger family. Its main component which is the root has a great amount of curcuminoids.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) curcuminoids is a chemical substance which contains high natural antioxidant level.

Turmeric is utilized in many therapeutic preparations in the world for both prevention and treatment of many diseases. It contains curcumin which is an active compound from the turmeric and has many beneficial results in the body.

Health advantages of turmeric curcumin for:

 

Adults

 

Acts as anti-inflammatory

Irritation is a natural response when bacteria invade the body, but when abnormal inflammation triggers that lead into excessive pain, bloating and irritation, turmeric aids to decrease the inflammation. Curcumin is able to provide safe, natural pain killers that serves as a pain alternative.

Sharpens the memory

Turmeric is able to improve the brain activity due to compound called turmerone. In accordance to the (stem cell research and therapy), turmerone also called ar-turmerone is the bioactive compound that able to give the necessary oxygen intake to the brain, and stimulates the new neurons which allow to process information and keeping us alert.

Helps Arthritis Management

Curcumin is known for its high anti-inflammatory effect and can reduce pain. According to the study conducted in 45 people with rheumatoid arthritis that are split into two groups, fisty percent with synthetic medications and the other consumed turmeric. The turmeric group demonstrated a positive result in comparison to the other.

Kids

Reduce childhood leukemia

Leukemia is a cancer because of the abnormal progress of cells in the bone marrow. Turmeric can help prevent the multiplication of cancer cells in the body as it is also known for its anti-cancer agents that destroy malignancy cells. In addition, it helps to minimize any problems to the chromosomes due to curcumin’s component.

Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Oral intake of curcumin which contain Ca-adenosine triphosphate would be able to correct the pattern of the DeltaF508 CFTR (deletion of the codon for phenylalanine) which results in the reduction in mutation of the cystic fibrosis.

Turmeric curcumin recommended dosage

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center the best dose for adults for different types of turmeric are as follows:

Cut root (fresh turmeric) – 1.5-3 grams each day

Dried root (form powdered turmeric) – 1-3 grams each day

Turmeric pills (supplements) – 400-600 mg, 3 each day

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How to Make a Pumpkin Scrub At Home for Healthy, Bright and Flawless Skin?

 

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Pumpkin isn’t just for pie during Thanksgiving or for decorating your front porch during Halloween. What you probably don’t know is pumpkin contains essential vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for you if you want to get healthy and radiant skin.

 

Pumpkin is suitable for use on all skin types. This is especially so if your skin is damaged by the sun’s ultra violet rays. Beta-carotene (a carotenoid better known as vitamin A), found in the bright orange pulp of pumpkins is known to protect skin cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and is also good for the scalp.

 

Free radicals are the culprits responsible for causing poor skin tone and elasticity and wrinkles over time because they break down skin-plumping collagen and elastin, which can weaken over time.

 

The long-term results of this breakdown are wrinkles. Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin C; another powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals.

 

Pumpkin is a good source of the minerals copper and zinc. Copper plays a role in collagen, elastin and melanin production. Melanin is a pigment that determines the colour of your skin and hair, which explains why pigmentation problems may be attributed to dietary copper deficiency.

 

Pumpkin may help fade away the brown spots left behind by acne. Zinc is thought to regulate excessive oil production in your hair follicles, which explains why increasing your intake of zinc may clear up acne. Zinc also assists in the repair of inflamed tissues, such as pimples, rashes and sunburns.

 

Like banana and avocado, pumpkin is another rich source of potassium and this nutrient is especially useful in promoting the re-growth of hair.   This makes pumpkin one of the vegetables for hair loss.

Pumpkin is especially good for moisturizing dry or damaged hair.

 

Due to the many benefits to the skin from pumpkin, you can easily find a wide range of skin care and foot care products which have pumpkin as one of their ingredients. If you prefer natural skin care products, you can learn how to make your own homemade skin care treatments using fresh or canned pumpkin.

 

Following are some pumpkin scrub recipes you can use at home for a healthier and younger looking skin.

 

Honey Milk Pumpkin Scrub for Dry Skin

 

For this recipe, you will need 2 teaspoons of pureed pumpkin, half teaspoon each of raw organic honey (or manuka honey) and milk. If you want, instead of using milk, you can either use half teaspoon of brown sugar which exfoliates and moisturizes the skin or you can add in 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt.

 

You mix all the ingredients together, and then you apply the mixture all over your face avoiding the eye area. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Pumpkin Scrub for Oily Skin

 

For this recipe, you will need 1 tablespoon of pureed pumpkin and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. You mix the ingredients together and then you apply the mixture to your damp face. Leave it on until dry or up to 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

 

Sugar Pumpkin Scrub for Glowing Skin

 

For this recipe, you will need 5 to 6 tablespoons of pumpkin pulp, 3 tablespoons of sugar and half teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil. You mix all of them together to form a thick paste. Then you apply this on your face and gently scrub after 2 to 3 minutes.

 

You can also prepare a pumpkin body scrub by combining 1 cup of pumpkin pulp and one-third cup of sugar. After you bath, you dry your body and then you apply this all over your body. You start from the lower leg and rub it up and down gently and slowly. The abrasiveness of the sugar will start to remove the dead skin cells.

 

You can also prepare a pumpkin foot scrub if you want to. For this, you will need 1 tablespoon each of pureed pumpkin, brown sugar, coffee powder, lemon juice and lastly the carrier oil which can be almond oil, jojoba oil or extra virgin olive oil.

 

You mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl. After you have mixed them well, you can now apply the pumpkin scrub to your feet and scrubbing gently. Then you rinse off with lukewarm water after about 10 minutes.

 

You may want to watch a Video HERE to learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin scrub to get a flawless glowing skin.

 

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How to create a homemade lavender body scrub

 

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A body scrub is a body treatment that is like a facial for the whole body. It helps to slough off the dead skin cells from the surface of our bodies. It exfoliates and hydrates your skin, making it smoother, softer and healthier looking skin.

 

All the body scrubs that you can buy contain 3 basic ingredients.

 

An exfoliant which is an abrasive material like salt, sugar, coffee grounds, rice bran, jojoba beads, apricot kernels, ground nuts, etc. that rubs away the dead skin cells on the surface.

 

Carrier oils to hold the mixture together and to help penetrate the skin to be more effective. The carrier oil can be almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oit, macadamia oil, kukui nut oil or hazelnut oil or extra virgin coconut oil.

 

Essential oils to scent your body scrub for aromatherapy such as lavender, orange, juniper or grapefruit oils or spearmint or rosemary.

 

You can also easily create a homemade body scrub can be easily customized with your own choice of ingredients. One of the most popular body scrubs available in the market today are those made of lavender.

 

This is because these lavender-based products not only can exfoliate your skin and but also make it soft and healthy; they also uplift the mood and can even help people combat insomnia.

 

The good thing about lavender essential oil is it can be used directly on your skin if you want without the need to dilute it with carrier oil, unlike other essential oils. Lavender essential oil is also suitable for all types of skin.

 

Following are 6 simple homemade lavender body scrub recipes you can use at the comfort of your home.

 

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub Recipe 1# – For All Skin Types

 

This body scrub will use salt as the exfoliant which is great for relaxing your muscles. I prefer to use sea salt, because it is less processed than table salt, contains a wider variety of trace elements and minerals, and is said to be kinder on the skin.

 

The next is to add carrier oil to the exfoliant to form a paste. One of the great choices is the apricot kernel oil because this oil is gentle which makes it suitable for all skin types. Because of its skin softening, moisturizing properties and is therefore highly recommended for skin that is dry, irritated or has prematurely aged.

 

You can also use sweet almond oil which is considered to be good all-purpose carrier oil and is moderately priced. But it a little heavier than other oils and may stain the sheets if you use it in massage.

 

Now you mix 1/3 cup of apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil with one cup of sea salt to form a paste. The last thing to do is to add 5-6 drop of lavender essential oil to the paste and you can now use it in the bathroom.

 

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub Recipe 2# – For All Sensitive Skin

 

Some people’s skin may not react well with salt.  In this case, you can use sugar which feels slightly gentler on your skin than salt. You can use either brown or white sugar. I prefer brown, because it smells yummy, especially if you mix it with a little lavender essential oil.

 

You will mix 1/3 cup of apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil with one cup of brown sugar to form a paste and then add 5-6 drops of essential oil.

 

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub Recipe 3# – For Moisturizing Your Skin

 

This recipe uses oatmeal instead of sugar or salt, which is the gentlest of the exfoliants. It is an emollient, meaning that it softens and hydrates your skin. People have used it for decades as an effective home remedy for dry, itchy skin. Unlike salt and sugar, you can use it with a bit of water instead of adding in carrier oil.

 

So you can add in just enough of water to one cup of oatmeal to form a paste. You can now add 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to the paste. This is probably the simplest and most affordable homemade body scrub.

 

If you have a little more time and money to create your homemade lavender body scrub, you can try the following recipes.

 

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub Recipe 4# – For Normal Skin

 

You mix 1/3 cup of sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil with 1 cup of brown sugar to form a paste. You will next add to the paste 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 6 drops of geranium essential oil and 4 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil.

 

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub Recipe 5# – For Oily Skin

 

You mix 1/3 cup of sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil with 1 cup of brown sugar to form a paste. You will next add to the paste the following essential oils: 8 drops of sandalwood oil, 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of lavender oil.

 

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub Recipe 6# – For Sunburn Skin

 

This recipe will add in lavender hydrosol. Lavender hydrosol is a by-product of the steam distillation process used to extract lavender essential oil from the lavender flowers.

 

It shares the same wonderful healing and anti-bacterial properties as lavender essential oil, but is produced in greater volume and therefore less expensive than the oils. It is suitable for all skin types. It is helpful for delicate and aging skin. It provides a healing effect for cuts, wounds, sunburn, bites and heat rash.

 

To a cup of brown sugar you mix it with 1/3 cup of sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil and 6 teaspoons of lavender hydrosol to form a paste. You then add 5-6 drops of lavender oil.

 

To apply the mixture from any of the above recipes, use your fingers to rub in a circular motion into damp skin. Massage for 30 seconds and then rinse with warm water. Pat (don’t rub) dry with a clean towel and follow immediately with an oil-free moisturizer or lotion.

 

Click HERE also to watch a video of some other homemade lavender body scrub recipes

 

You should feel tingly all over and your skin may turn red where you scrubbed it. Don’t worry this is normal. Just remember to avoid sensitive skin areas though, such as your face and neck.

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6 DIY Banana Mask Recipes for Skin and Hair Care

 

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Are you looking for solutions to turn back the time and restore your skin to its once youthful state by reducing the appearance of wrinkles? You have probably heard about the health benefits of banana but do you know that you can also use banana for skin and hair care when applied externally?

 

In the beauty world, bananas are popularly known as “Nature’s Botox”. Why go under the knife, when you can have natural, painless, cheap and pure bananas to apply on your skin?

 

In fact, there are some potent vitamins and minerals in bananas which make banana face masks an incredible beauty fix, provided by Mother Nature herself!

 

Banana not only is one of those perfect foods, but it’s also an amazing skin care tool. Bananas contain Vitamin A, are rich in potassium, and work as a skin softener and aid in clearing acne when mixed in a face mask. Banana is a very good moisturizer for your skin as it is rich in potassium.

 

Banana also has the highest content of magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc and vitamins A, B, E, and F which is good of the skin and the body.  Banana also contains vitamin C which helps in deep cleansing of the skin. It also helps in preventing inflammatory diseases.

 

The benefit of banana peel is really a home remedy that is often overlooked. Along with the banana itself as being a healthy snack, the peel offers many health advantages because it is filled with vitamins.

 

The banana peel helps in healing wounds, scars and blemishes. The banana peel is great for deep cleansing and contains essential oils to help moisturize and nourish the skin. Banana skin can also be used to exfoliate dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria in the skin.

 

Aside from being a delicious and nutritious fruit, banana is therefore perfect for making homemade recipe for face masks. Following are some facial mask recipes using bananas that will give you skin benefits that may not even be possible with expensive, chemical-laden cosmetic creams.

 

DIY Banana Mask Recipe #1 – For Reducing Spots and Blemishes

 

You will need 1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using), 1 tablespoon manuka honey, an orange or a lemon. Mix the banana and honey together. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.

 

Using this mask a couple times a week really helps clear up your skin. Lemon juice is high in acidity which kills bacteria that helps with acne. Lemons are packed with vitamins that are good for your skin.

 

Honey has lots of enzymes that are like natural antibiotics. Honey is easily absorbed by the skin and has lots of antioxidants. Both honey and lemons can reverse skin damage caused by the sun. This is why the results from this face mask are so amazing. Your skin will automatically feel cleaner and look more radiant.

 

DIY Banana Mask Recipe #2 – For Dry Skin

 

You will need 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon Molasses, 4-5 tablespoons of oats* and mineral water. You mash the banana; add the molasses, oats and some water to get a good consistency you are satisfied with.

 

Spread the banana mix on to a damp face and neck, leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

 

*Oats fortifies the mineral content of the mask

 

DIY Banana Mask Recipe #3 – For Skin Rejuvenation

 

You will need 1 cup Yogurt, 2 tablespoon Molasses, 1 Banana, ripe, mashed, 1 Apple, ripe, mashed. Mix the yogurt, molasses, mashed apple and banana together, until you get a consistent mixture. Apply to your face and neck area and leave for at least 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

 

DIY Banana Mask Recipe #4 – For Oily Skin

 

You will need 1 Banana, ripe, 1 Strawberry, ripe, and 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice. Mix the ingredients and apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

 

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DIY Banana Mask Recipe #5 – For Reducing Appearance of Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet and Hair Care

You will need ½ ripe banana, 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon manuka honey. Mash the banana with a fork and add in honey and yogurt and apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

 

This paste can also be used for hair care by massaging the mixture to your scalp and leave on for an hour or more under a plastic cap, and then a towel for added heat.   Rinse out and shampoo and condition as you wish. This will help to increase the moisture content of your hair, smooth fizz and soothe itchy scalp.

 

DIY Banana Mask Recipe #6 – For Under-Eye Wrinkles and Insect Bites

 

This mask will make use of the banana peel.  You wet the inner side of banana peel (yellow side out) with some Wheat germ oil and black Cumen oil, and rub it under your eye, clean after 15-20 minutes.

 

This will reduce the wrinkles under your eye. You can use a similar way to rub an insect bite, by wetting the banana peel with yogurt and Aloe Vera juice. This will reduce itching and swelling.

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