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If you’ve ever seen a pregnant woman, or if you are pregnant (which you probably are if you’re reading this) you’ll know that a pregnant body gets a little stretched out. It’s pretty incredible to witness the human body accommodate another human so flawlessly, and it is truly one of nature’s miracles. However, it can be a little hard on the skin. Preventing stretch marks ia a goal for many a woman, and although we may not be able to totally prevent them all, there are actions we can take to help nourish the skin as it stretches, and facilitate it as it goes back down to normal.
A great way to help nourish taxed skin is this homemade Stretch Mark Belly Cream; I’ve included some great ingredients in this DIY stretch mark cream recipe to help nourish, moisturize, and prevent stretch marks on the skin. This can go on so many more places than just your baby belly though! How about the lower back, hips, and breasts? We all know when the milk comes in, it can cause a massive increase in cup size.
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The Main Players:
Coconut Oil-Medium chain fatty acids that are very moisturizing to the skin.
Shea Butter-Another great moisturizing product that seals in moisture.
Beeswax– To hold your final product together as a thick cream.
Rosehip Seed Oil– A natural Vitamin A, this is a must have oil for any skin condition you are trying to prevent or treat.
Vitamin E Oil-Incredibly moisturizing and beneficial to the skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil*– Known for it’s incredible skin benefitting properties, which include the prevention and treatment of stretch marks, fine lines, and wrinkles.
As with any essential oil, educate yourself. Do your research on the company you have chosen; call them and ask questions, research their farms, distillation processes, GC/MS reports, organic practices, and other data. Essential oils are powerful and must be treated as such. Please, keep them in a locked cabinet far away from children. If you want to know what essential oils I use, please contact me. I’d love to chat about it!
For about 4 Ounces
- 1 tsp beeswax (for a thicker product, use more beeswax)
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp rosehip seed oil
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
- 15-25 drops frankincense essential oil*
- Melt the beeswax in a double boiler (or a glass measuring cup sitting in a pan of boiling water)
- Add the shea butter until it melts
- Add the coconut oil until it melts
- Take off heat, wait a few minutes, add rosehip oil and vitamin E oil
- Add the frankincense essential oil
- Pour over into final 4 oz glass jar
- As it cools, mix occ. with a wooden stick or small whisk (for a fluffier product)
- If you’re impatient, stick in in the fridge, but be sure to whisk occ. when it’s in there
- When dealing with beeswax, use wooden sticks and paper towels when mixing, as it hardens on contact.
- After you’ve poured out your glass container, immediately wipe it out with a paper towel so it can’t harden.
- This will go on easy and smooth, and be slightly oil, which is what we want as it’s highly moisturizing. A little goes a long way.
- I put it on before bed and wear a big t-shirt to prevent oily sheets.
I use this in conjunction with Raise Them Well’s Baby Belly Balm, which includes magnesium to further nourish the skin. How do you help your belly grow while staying moisturized?