As this deeply loved bean (our baby) grows, so does my stomach and the looming thoughts of stretch marks. I know my body well enough to know it would be wise to take caution and try to prevent any love marks, aka stretch marks, from this pregnancy.
To prevent stretch marks and random pregnancy hormone blemishes I have been rubbing down with our homemade comfrey salve. This helped keep my skin smooth and in-check, but I knew to target stretch marks specifically, I would need to make a natural cream fit for the challenge.
What I chose for my natural homemade stretch mark cream:
1/4 cup Raw/unrefined shea butter
.5 tbsp Beeswax
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
1/2 tbsp Almond oil
10 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
Every ingredient brings so much to the table- it’s a powerhouse of awesome for your skin. Here’s a little breakdown of what each has to offer.
Shea butter- Aids in natural collagen production creating smooth skin, moisturizes, and reduces inflammation.
Beeswax- Locks in moisture as well as prevents/treats stretch marks.
Coconut oil- Has moisturizing and anti-aging properties.
Vitamin E oil- Effective on stretch marks and helps skin retain its natural moisture (among other amazing benefits).
Almond oil- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines, removes dry skin and impurities.
Lemon oil- Nourishes skin and adds a fresh scent.
Lavender oil- Treats wrinkles and improves scar tissue.
Once I settled on ingredients, creating my homemade stretch mark cream was a breeze. I love that it is easy to make, and I can cover all of myself from hips to shoulders and still able to get dressed right after applying. OK, I love all that plus the relaxing aroma that the natural cream leaves.
How it’s made:
1. Add the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a double boiler to melt down. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can carefully melt the ingredients in a large mason jar placed in boiling water.
2. When the solids have significantly melted, add the vitamin E oil.
3. Then once everything has completely melted add the almond, lemon, and lavender.
4. Use a funnel to pour the mix into your container. I used a 8oz wide mouth Ball jar. It’s been perfect for me. The size is easy to travel with, and I’m able to reach the edges when the cream starts to run low.
In my pursuit for a stretch mark free post baby body I’ve been using the cream twice a day. In five months, when I have my sweet bean in my arms, I’ll still be using this homemade stretch mark cream as my body changes once again.