Stretch marks can be annoying and discomforting. It can be caused by thinning of the skin, use of harsh whitening creams,weight loss, weight gain or pregnancy. It can be really difficult to get rid of stretchmarks but they can be avoided to a large extent by the use of some natural ingredients. These include:




There are also some products and stuff you can use to fade the marks...Enjoy!!


STRETCH MARKS CREAM



1 Bravia Baba De Carocol Cream

2 Miracle Powder

2 Spoons Schenic Oil

1 Miracle Derm Cream

Works like Magic


ANTI STRETCH MARKS SOAP

1/2 Wrap Ghana Soap

3 Tsp of Vit E

3 Tbsp of Aloe Vera Juice

1 Tbsp of Original Honey

3 Or More Tbsp of Lemon Juice

2 Tsp of Cocoa Butter (Optional)

*Method*
Mix the Ghana soap together with other ingredients, add more lemon juice if needed, add the juice little by little so that your soap will not be watery. Mix well and use.

Lemon juice contains citric acid which can be used to treat different skin problems and help fades marks.Cocoa helps the skin retain it's elasticity, makes it firm, heals the skin and helps fade stretch marks.



STRETCH MARK SCRUB

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Coffee Grounds

1 Tablespoon Almond Oil

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Sea Salt

4 Drops Carrot Oil

Procedure

Get a bowl pour in your coffee; add almond oil, lemon juice, sea salt and carrot oil.

Stir well & ready for use after one hour.


COCOA BUTTER SRETCH MARK CREAM

1 Cup Cocoa Butter

¼ Cup of Avocado Oil

30 Drops of Lavender Oil

Few drops of apricot oil

Method

Melt your cocoa butter on a double boiler; add the avocado oil, lavender oil and apricot oil then pour in a container.


 STRETCH MARKS REMOVER OIL

3 Drops of Lavender Oil

3 Drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

3 Drops Sandalwood Essential  

6 tsp of Sesame Seed Oil

Method

Add all the oil together in a double boiler, heat for 3mins (just to warm).

Pour in a container and store. Ready for use.

I usually recommend the body butter and oil for those who are pregnant. The body butter can help prevent stretch marks and make the skin firm.The cream and scrub can be used by everyone who seek to fade the stretchmarks. They might not work over night but with consistent use, these recipes would help fade the marks gradually. What do you use to treat your stretchmarks? 


Acne can really be daunting especially to those of us who cherish having our skin blemish free. Hence when they pop up we resort to finding quick treatments to getting rid of them. 

There are many easy, natural, and inexpensive ways to treat acne. 
To successfully battle acne, you need a consistent and effective skin care routine. Here are some general guidelines for taking care of acne-prone skin naturally:


Cleanse gently
 Wash your face with a nonfoaming or lightly foaming water-soluble cleanser that does not sting or leave the skin feeling dry in the morning, and double-cleanse with a cleansing oil and a foaming cleanser at night. 

Choose a toner that contains witch hazel, tea tree oil, chamomile, aloe, cucumber, calendula, and fruit acids to gently exfoliate the skin. For fast relief, you can apply milk of magnesia for a few minutes before going to bed. Apply it with fingertips or a cotton ball, leave it to dry, and wash off with tepid water.

Wear a daily moisturizer with antioxidants and botanical anti-inflammatory agents such as chamomile, green tea, panthenol, provitamin B5, tocopherol (vitamin E), licorice, calendula, raspberry, rice and oats, seaweed (algae), evening primrose oil, arnica, and echinacea. 

Use topical treatments. Tea tree oil is a traditional acne remedy that can be used directly or diluted with a toner or a mask. Apply a vitamin C powder directly onto blemishes. 

 Make sure you wear sunscreen especially in the summer and anytime you have active breakouts. Mineral sunscreen is perfect for acne-prone skin: you can wear it on top of your acne treatment of choice. Skipping sunscreen can result in dark postacne marks that are hard to get rid of.


Herbs that help treat acne

Some herbs help in controlling acne and they include:
Tea tree
Chamomile
Calendula
Cucumber
Fruit acids

Other ingredients are suprisingly effective include:

Alum powder-Mix with water to make a paste and apply over night.
Colgate toothpaste(white coloured type)..
Omi Aro(Herbal water)-Mix with your black soap.

For an effective acne treatment, you can try making this treatment recipe:

*DIY ACNE TREATMENTS*
For problem skin, nothing beats tea tree oil. You can apply it directly on blemishes, dilute it in your favorite toner, and add a few drops to your masks and scrubs.

*Sweet Tea Balm*
1 tablespoon runny honey
1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (bottled or freshly squeezed from the plant) 
10 drops tea tree oil
500 mg vitamin C (to act as a preservative)

Yield: 5 ounces

Combine all the ingredients in a shallow bowl and blend until smooth. Transfer into an empty lip balm jar. This blend can be stored in the fridge for up to six months and used on all sorts of blemishes and minor cuts.

I have used some of the above treatments and they have worked perfectly for me.Have you used any of the above ingredients? Did they work for you?