When it comes to preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks, you need to look for oils and butters that help build elastin in the skin to increase its elasticity. You also need excellent moisturisers to keep your skin supple and moisturised. A well looked after skin won’t be so prone to getting stretch marks, and any existing ones won’t look so obvious.
There are a variety of amazing butters and oils which meet these criteria; let’s run through some of them:
Cocoa butter is excellent for stretch marks, and can help reduce their appearance and prevent new ones from occurring if used consistently over time. Raw, unrefined cocoa butter has a delicious, rich scent of chocolate but if you prefer to have no scent then go for the refined version.
Baobab oil helps with skin elasticity, and is packed with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 and vitamins A, D, E, and F. It is also a dry oil, meaning it is fast absorbing and non-greasy.
Vitamin E oil helps to regenerate skin cells. So along with actual Vitamin E oil, any carrier oils and butters that are rich in Vitamin E are also great for use in a stretch mark product.
Tamanu is renowned for its healing benefits to skin, and promotes new tissue formation.
Wheatgerm oil is packed full of vitamin E and is deeping nourishing for skin.
Rosehip - packed with vitamins and healthy acids, rosehip oil deeply moisturises the skin and reduces the signs of aging and pigmentation, brightens and evens out skin tone, and helps fade scars and stretchmarks.
Sea buckthorn berry - vividly orange in colour, seabuckthorn berry oil is a speciality oil rich in beta carotene and Omega 7. The oil is harvested from the sea buckthorn shrub of the Himalayas and contains many vitamins, minerals and beneficial compounds that help protect against aging and sun damage, and promote cell regeneration and elasticity. You only need a few small drops of this potent oil to get all the benefits. Max usage 5%- if you use too much of this oil it may stain.
Squalane can help improve skin elasticity, suppleness and just generally condition the skin - all of which is excellent for stretchmark prevention!
Body butters, while technically simple to make, are actually fairly tricky to achieve the perfect consistency. You need to have the right balance between butters and oils so that the body butter doesn’t melt in hot weather. And then you also don’t want it to feel greasy, so finding that balance between dry oils and more slowly absorbed oils is important too.
For this formulation I’ve chosen three butters, mostly because all of them are fantastic and I couldn’t choose just one. Cocoa butter is a must have both for its properties and because it builds a bit of hardness in the formula. I also included stearic acid which helps to harden the body butter a bit so that it doesn’t melt in hot weather.
Note: it is currently summer here and we are experiencing hot weather. In very cold temperatures, this formulation may need to be adjusted to prevent it from going very hard.
Our choice of oils in this formula are great for repairing and regenerating the skin, improving elasticity and moisturising the skin. A little arrowroot powder rounds out the body butter so it has a completely non-greasy feel.
Body Butter For Stretch Marks
15% avocado butter
20% mango butter
21% cocoa butter
7% stearic acid
1% Vit E oil
Melt the butters and stearic acid together in a beaker. Then add in all the oils and the arrowroot powder, stir well to combine and pop in the fridge for a bit until it solidifies. Take it out the fridge and whip until smooth and fluffy with a stick blender or electric beater (the beater beats in more air so will yield a fluffier texture).
Massage into clean skin after showering. It soaks into the skin in a few minutes and leaves skin feeling ultra soft and nourished.
Variations: while I specifically designed this recipe with fast absorbing, non greasy ingredients to target stretch marks, feel free to change up the oils for other oils! Try to keep the percentages the same otherwise you will be reformulating the entire recipe and you may get a completely different body butter. You can also add in some essential oils if you like.
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