Nodoby likes them… cellulite, stretch marks. But let’s talk a little more about stretch marks in this post. During my teenage years I have gone from a tiny little human to a puffy little pumpkin… and you guessed right – back to my tiny little frame just in a few years time. And your skin is never happy about gaining and loosing weight for a short period of time, but what can you do! Well, the more you take care of your skin – the better, obviously.
I wish somebody has told me this back in my teenage years, it would have saved me a few stretch marks on my buttocks and around the “love-handles”. Cocoa butter and coconut oil is doing wonders for your skin, and well, at least I know this now that I’m pregnant and the weight gain is happening for just about 6 months and a big part of it is to disappear in another 6 months after birth.
Before I share my ultimate tested recipe, let’s get something straight ladies. Your body is beautiful! Never let anybody makes you feel like less. During teenage years we go through a gigantic amount of hormonal changes, our bodies are going through a huge amount of stress – becoming a woman is a great deal. Pregnancy is not less stressful – becoming a mother is not easy either! So be gentle to yourself and give yourself the time to go through all those amazing changes from becoming a woman (to the youngest ladies) to becoming a mother (to all the expectant ladies) and don’t let small things like stretch marks and any body “imperfections” bother you along the way. Consider this an opportunity to take a good care of your body and skin – the more gentle you are to yourself, the better you will feel in your own skin, I know I do! For the sake of getting things clearer let’s talk about the weight gain during pregnancy. That includes quite a few details you might wish to consider before you feel bad about your body the next time you check yourself out in the mirror:
- Your baby – 3.5 kg or 8 pounds
- Placenta – 1 to 1.5 kg or 2 to 3 pounds
- Amniotic fluid – 1 to 1.5 kg or 2 to 3 pounds
- Breast tissue – 1 to 1.5 kg or 2 to 3 pounds
- Blood supply – 1.8 kg or 4 pounds
- Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding – 2.5 to 4 kg or 5 to 9 pounds
- Larger uterus – 1 to 2.5 kg or 2 to 5 pounds
- Your total weight gain – 12 to 16 kg or 25 to 35 pounds
Now do you still feel guilty for having that cookie in the middle of the night? I know I don’t and I actually feel proud of my body! Enjoy your pregnancy as there is no other time in a woman’s life more miraculous and magical.
To help avoid stretch marks there are a lot of products out there in the world that you might try and consider worth it and that’s fine! I have always been a fan of the homemade, as clean as possible food, cosmetics, etc. So here’s my recipe for homemade butter that will not only relieve the itching that comes along with the stretching skin, but will keep your skin moist and smell amazing.
- Cocoa butter – 100g
- Coconut oil – 200g
- Storebought baby oil – 100g (optional)
How to prepare it:
- First and foremost you need to melt your cocoa butter using a water bath. Once you do that, mix it with the coconut oil.
- Pour it in a shallow tray and freeze until it is solid, but not too firm – about 30 minutes.
- Once you take it out of the freezer, beat it with a mixer (you can try by hand, but it will be quite a challenge) until it becomes fluffy and forms a cloudy consistency.
- Lastly, you can add in the baby oil, I do that because I like the body butter to have a lighter consistency. If you don’t want to use storebought oil, you can skip it completely or replace it with coconut oil instead. Mix it with your mixer for another minute and you are done. Place it a preferred container and use in the next few months.
This recipe is perfect to use during pregnancy and also during teenage years, so if you have a teenager at home you can definitely prepare this for them to reduce stretch marks. It’s a perfect option especially during the colder months.
The bottom line. Stretch marks occure due to rapid changes in one’s weight and might occure during teenagehood and pregnancy, but also due to keeping a specific diet for rapid weight loss or respectively – weight gain. Scientific facts have proven that it’s mostly based on genetics if a woman will be getting stretch marks or not during the aforementioned body changes. Regardless, taking care of your skin might help reduce stretch marks, but there is one thing certain – it will make you feel great!