Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter for Stretch Marks
Understanding Stretch Marks
Stretch marks happen when the skin stretches – most commonly due to pregnancy or quick weight loss or gain. The middle layer of skin breaks down, causing red or pink glossy streaks to appear on the skin. During pregnancy, stretch marks are completely normal and are usually caused by changes that affect your skin.
Can You Use Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter for Stretch Marks?
As stretch marks are a form of scarring, they can’t be removed completely, but good skin care may help to improve the appearance of them.
The skin relies on moisture to retain its elasticity and keep it looking supple, so using a good moisturizer, like a cocoa butter or shea butter lotion, or one containing cocoa butter or shea butter extract, can help you seal in moisture and keep your skin healthy-looking, particularly when it’s recovering from a scar. Plus, the actual act of massaging any type of moisturizer into the skin is thought to be beneficial for helping reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
How Can You Use Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter for Stretch Marks?
While cocoa butter lotions or lotions made with cocoa butter may not be able to get rid of stretch marks, they are known to be very effective at soothing the skin if your stretch marks are particularly dry and itchy.
The same can be said about shea butter, which is effective at moisturizing skin and may help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but cannot remove them from skin completely.
Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™ Body Butter for example is made with the deep-healing moisture of Vaseline® Jelly
micro-droplets and helps repair dry skin to restore its natural glow.
How Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?
It’s not always possible to avoid stretch marks, especially during pregnancy. But, there may be steps you can take to help minimize your chances of getting them, such as moisturizing skin to keep it supple.