Today is for all you pregnant mommas out there, plus those of you dealing with stretch marks now that baby is here! I’ve got a recipe for a belly butter that will not only prevent stretch marks and scars, it will also help fade existing ones! This recipe is potent. While scars and stretch marks are, in most cases badges of honor, they can be unsightly. Stretch marks and scars can be very hard to get rid of. With rejuvenating oils mixed with essential oils you can greatly improve and diminish their appearance as well as prevent new ones from appearing!
Ok, I’ve been pregnant twice. I know what it feels like to have your skin stretch and stretch and stretch! I’m willing to admit that I’m vain. I had many moments where worry and fear took over. It seemed at times that my skin was going to just rip. Not to mention the itchy discomfort. I faithfully used a body butter to relieve the discomfort and to reduce the risk of stretch marks and this helped to ease my mind significantly. The thing about stretch marks is that you can reduce the risk of getting them by keeping the skin well hydrated and nourished but heredity plays a big roll. If your mom has stretch marks from pregnancy you most likely will too. The good news is that you can easily relieve your skin from the discomfort of stretching and at the same time you can fade and hopefully prevent stretch marks! I believe 100% that you must protect and “feed” your skin during this precious and trying time! Itchy skin caused from a growing belly needs to be hydrated and protected at least once daily. The ingredients I’ve chosen are safe and beneficial for you and your growing baby.
What is a Stretch Mark??
Stretch Marks form when the skin is stretched very quickly. Stretch marks are most common in growing teenagers and pregnant women. Basically when the skin stretches it begins to rip and forms a scar. The skin consists of three main layers: Epidermis (the outer layer), Dermis (the middle layer) and Subcutaneous or Hypodermic (the deepest layer). Stretch marks form in the dermis of the skin when the connective tissue is stretched. As skin stretches, the collagen is damaged and production slows down. This results in fine scars under the the skin. At first the marks look pink or red, but over time a thin, silvery line appears on the skin’s surface.
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!
Helichrysum Essential Oil is an expensive oil but it is powerful when it comes to regenerating damaged skin. It is known for fading and healing scars and stretch marks and even surgical wounds (C-sections scars!). It contains diketones which help reduce scar tissue and stimulate growth of new skin tissue! This is one powerful essential oil!
Lavender Essential Oil is healing and calming. It also nourishes broken, cracked skin.
Lemon Essential Oil can lighten the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Vitamin E Oil is moisturizing and highly nourishing. It also prolongs the life of your butter.
Sweet Almond Oil contains vitamins A and E. It contains a large amount of antioxidants which help skin appear younger.
Coconut Oil is extremely healing. It is full of antioxidants and Vitamin E.
Cocoa Butter is famous for protecting the skin from stretch marks. It is highly nourishing and penetrates to the lower epidermis of the skin.
Shea Butter helps rebuild collagen which is broken down when the skin ages or becomes damaged.
Beeswax thickens your butter as well as provides a protective barrier that holds moisture in the skin.
Stretch Mark Belly Butter
2 TBSP. Sweet Almond Oil (find it HERE)
2 TBSP. Coconut Oil (find it HERE)
2 TBSP. Shea Butter (find it HERE)
2 TBSP. Cocoa Butter (find it HERE)
1.5 TBSP. Beeswax (find it HERE)
3 tsp. Vitamin E oil (find it HERE)
20 drops Neroli Essential Oil (find it HERE)
15 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil (find it HERE)
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)
1. In a medium pot, fill halfway with water.
2. Place a glass bowl with a spout in the water
3. Melt Almond oil, butters and wax.
4. Once all ingredients are melted, pour into a 4 ounce container.
5. Let harden completely
6. Take a spoon and stir your butter into a creamy texture
7. Add Essential oils and Vitamin E oil
*By adding the essential oils after your butter has cooled, you are ensuring that the potency of the oils won’t be damaged by heat.*
Apply this butter at least once a day. This butter (hence the name, butter) is VERY GREASY! I would let it soak in for at least 15 minutes before putting clothes over it. As an added bonus, the essential oils Neroli, Lavender and Lemon are very uplifting. I struggle with depression when I’m pregnant and I believe essential oils helped me immensely! Feel free to add in Frankincense essential oil(10 drops) as well-Frankincense is extremely helpful in combating depression!
Be aware that once you have given birth the skin will go through more stress adjusting to the sudden change. Don’t stop applying the butter until your tummy has adjusted! I’ve heard of women getting to the birth with no stretch marks and then getting them after their baby was born!! This recipe is perfect for healing a c-section scar. You will soothe the damaged skin as well as accelerate healing!!