I have been using Organic Raw Shea Butter for my skin for over 6 years and my skin has never been better. In my native language we call it 'Ori' and my grandma in Nigeria is always kind enough to buy it for us, stock up and whoever is on trip to the mother land next brings it back for us. The last block I had has lasted me a year and I decided to use what was left of it to make this creamy, deliciously smelling Shea Body Butter to use during my pregnancy.
What causes pregnancy stretch marks?
Although they can occur at any time, pregnant or not, we know one of the lovely symptoms of being pregnant is that we are all prone to getting stretch marks due to the way our skin stretches over time to accommodate our growing babies. The main cause is the lack of elasticity in your skin, if your skin is dry, dehydrated lacking in moisturise, when your skin stretches, its likely to snap/break causing those dark squiggly lines. Stretch marks usually occur around your bump, breasts, legs, thighs and hips but can vary with different women. Pregnancy stretch marks can also occur if you put on weight during your pregnancy too quickly as opposed to gradually over time.
So how do we prevent stretch marks?
Although there is no way to completely remove stretch marks once they've already appeared and if you do so happen to get them during your pregnancy, they usually fade and become unnoticeable however I say wear your stripes with pride and honour! After all you housed another human being for a whole 9 months!
Below are a few steps I have taken to help me during my journey, these tips are from doing simple research online and consulting with my practitioner. Please do the same.
Staying Hydrated: Drinking lots of water is known to naturally hydrate the skin, keeping it moisturised, supple and aid in improving skins natural elasticity.
Massaging: It has been scientifically proven that massaging the skin with a regularly with natural oils and creams will help to prevent stretch marks from appearing.
Shea Butter: Shea Butter is rich in vitamin A which helps improve skins elasticity so it can help with the prevention of stretch marks, however once there, Shea Butter can only then improve the appearance of them.
Omega 3.6.9: Omega fatty acids can be absorbed orally through foods such as Salmon, Mackerel, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Acai Berries and various nuts. They can also be found in some oils such as Rose Hip Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Evening Primrose Oil which can be applied to the skin in return known to enrich your skin.
Raw Organic Shea Butter and Organic Coconut Oil
Organic Shea Butter – 6 tbsp
Organic Coconut Oil - 3-4 tbsp
Organic Honey – 1 tsp
Organic Lavender Oil –2 tbsp cup
Organic Rose Hip Oil – 2 tbsp
Organic Tea Tree Oil - 1tsp
Organic Omega 3.6.9 Oil (Vegan) - 1 tbsp
What you'll need:
Storage Jar (avoid plastic containers)
Medium Sauce Pan
Start by scooping in the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil until melted.
Once melted add in your oils and honey and mix thoroughly
Once everything has melted and is combined, pour your mix into a bowl and place into the fridge until completely solid. Depending on your fridge temperature this can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour.
This is what your mix should resemble once completely solid, you can give it a poke to check if its solidified all the way through.
Take your hand mixer and whip the mixture until its a silky creamy butter like texture.
Store in a cool and dry place and away from the sun or heat to avoid it melting and parts seperating. I usually apply all over my body twice a day for the best results. It leaves my skin soft, supple and glowing. Hope you guys love this and please let me know if you would like more posts like this in the comments section below.
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