Stretch marks are a common skin concern and pregnancy is not the only time you get them. Sudden weight gain, weight loss and hormonal changes are all responsible for causing stretch marks on the body. But guess what; castor oil is one magical ingredient that can help fade and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your skin. Infused with a natural fatty acid called ricinoleic, castor oil penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and treats several skin-related issues.
Wondering how to use this oil at home? Read on to find out.
Castor oil and aloe vera gel
Take a tablespoon each of castor oil and aloe vera gel, mix together and warm it. When the mixture is lukewarm apply over your stretch marks and let it stay overnight. Brimming with vitamin E both these ingredients reduce inflammation and help fade marks.
Castor oil and sugar
Using a scrub to massage and exfoliate skin is another great way to reduce stretch marks. Mix sugar and castor oil in equal proportions and gently massage over skin in circular motions for about five minutes. Allow it to rest for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. This method removes dead skin cells as well as hydrates and prevents stretch marks.
Castor oil and cloves
Massaging your skin with castor oil and cloves every day will reduce stretch marks considerably. Grind a few cloves to a fine powder and add castor oil to it so it forms a paste. Warm the mixture for a few minutes and let it cool down. Now massage it on the skin for about 15 minutes and let the paste stay on for another 30 minutes before washing with lukewarm water.
Castor oil and oatmeal
Mix one tablespoon castor oil with a tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal and two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture on your skin and massage on the stretch marks for five minutes. Let the mixture stay for 15 minutes, wash with lukewarm water and pat dry.