It’s another edition of Beautiful Skin Friday’s with my very favorite all natural skincare guru, Jenni Raincloud! Her skincare knowledge and recipes and have completely changed my skin for the better. I can’t say enough good things about Jenni and her blog so I hope you’ll visit her at www.jenniraincloud.com so you can get yourself some beautiful skin, too 🙂 Enjoy her stretch mark serum recipe – this is great for all those mommy to be’s and does a fantastic job at reducing scars, too!
Jenni here! It’s Beautiful Skin Friday and I’m back for a quick but seriously effective recipe for preventing and fading stretch marks and scars! I hope you all enjoyed last weeks Firming Eye Cream-I’ll admit, that one was a tricky recipe. This one will feel like a breeze-super quick and simple! This recipe, while geared towards stretch marks, is also great as a thoroughly moisturizing body oil. Winter can really dry the skin out and this oil is sure to quench the thirstiest of skin!
A while ago I shared a recipe for belly butter. It was full of “food” for a stretched out tummy. This recipe will be similar but instead of a buttery consistency, we’re going to make an oil and store it in a spray bottle for easy application!
Rosehip Seed Oil is a highly effective ingredients in this recipe. It has the ability to heal and lighten stretch marks and scars. Rosehip Seed Oil is considered one of the best carrier oils for preventing and/or reducing stretch marks. Rosehip Seed Oil is extremely moisturizing. Due to its natural content of trans-retinoic acids and a complex system of unsaturated essential fatty acids, Rosehip Seed Oil firms the skin, removes stretch marks, and keeps the skin well hydrated. It also contains many minerals that help the skin regain elasticity.
“Those considering using rose hip oil for pregnancy, whether to reduce hyper pigmentation and stretch marks or ease dry skin, should consider the following evidence. In a study of 20 women ages 25 to 35 conducted by Dr. Bertha Pareja and Dr. Horst Kehl, daily applications of rose hip oil were linked with wrinkle reduction and the fading of sun-damaged skin. In addition, all subjects of the study, conducted at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Chile in the 1980s, reported a “visible improvement” in skin appearance.
During pregnancy, the skin experiences a number of changes. As the baby grows, the skin stretches and can become blotchy (or patchy). That’s where rose hip oil can be helpful, as it increases the skin’s ability to produce new skin cells. As these new cells take the place of old ones, darker pigmentation spots will start to lighten.” Marisa Torierri-Live Strong
Jojoba Oil mimics collagen and has a molecular structure similar to sebum. It is full of vitamins and minerals, it is very easily absorbed and has a long shelf life. Jojoba balances and protects your skin.
Vitamin E oil can be used to prevent stretch marks as well as to get rid of existing ones. It is full of vitamins A and E which encourages elasticity of the skin. As the skin becomes more elastic, it can be stretched more easily. Vitamin E can be found in many skin care products due to it’s anti aging and regenerative capabilities.
Neroli Essential Oil is a powerful oil that helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. It is cicatrisant which means it has anti scarring properties. Neroli oil also stimulates circulation and encourages cell regeneration!
Lemon Essential Oil can lighten the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
**For my body oil I used a 4 ounce glass bottle with a spray top. (like THIS) Essential oils can react to plastic so it is preferable to use glass for your DIY skin care projects that involve essential oils.
Stretch Mark Serum Recipe / Scar Body Oil
2 TBSP Jojoba Oil (find it HERE)
2 TBSP Rosehip Oil (find it HERE)
2 TBSP. Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)
10 drops of Neroli Essential Oil (find it HERE)
7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
7 drops of Myrrh Essential Oil (find it HERE) (optional & please use this essential oil with caution if pregnant)
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)
1. Mix all ingredients in your glass container, shake and use! It’s that simple!
If you are pregnant, I would use this spray two times a day-a.m. and p.m. You will want to take it to the hospital and continue your day and night routine for weeks postpartum. Stretch marks can form after you’ve given birth due to the extreme change to your skin! Don’t forget to apply this spray to your chest as well-breast tissue will go through changes on an hourly basis in the beginning months of nursing!
If you are not pregnant and trying to improve your current stretch marks, you can use your oil once a day. Please note that while this concoction is very potent, some people take weeks and even months to see results. Everyone is different, so don’t give up! Damaged skin needs extra nourishment to heal-your skin will feel the difference immediately.
As women, our bodies were meant to stretch. When stretch marks form, these little lines should be our badges of honor. After all, we have the ability to grow life inside our body! Our society strives for physical perfection and that makes it so hard for women. From one woman to another-whatever imperfection you are fighting, remember to LOVE yourself!
P.S. I offer a similar version of this stretch mark serum in my Etsy shop-You can find it HERE!
Jennifer, from the blog Jenni Raincloud, lives in Edmond Oklahoma with her husband and 2 daughters. She has been in the skin care world for over a decade. She believes beautiful skin comes from the inside out. In order to achieve youthful skin a healthy lifestyle must be in place. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin are her words to live by! She sells her skin care products on Etsy, runs her “at home spa” for close clients and blogs full time. She is happiest staying home with her family and cooking up healthy skin care products in the kitchen! You can follow Jenni Raincloud on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.