I’ve always been interested in natural remedies and I think it’s especially important to stay away from any unnecessary ingredients that may be harmful during pregnancy. I’ve heard about so many different companies who produce products claiming to prevent, heal and make stretch marks disappear. But despite their claims, most of these serum’s actually don’t work. While during research about stretch marks I’ve come across numerous studies which say stretch marks actaully depend on your skins natural elasticity, your genes or if you happen to gain weight super rapidly.
Personally, I’m not going to go out and purchase pricey products who claim they work because of all the “stuff” that’s in them. I’m going to let my body run its natural course and try to keep a steady weight gain by maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle. If the gene factor is true, It obviously helps that my mom (even after four kids) has zero stretch marks and neither does my sister!
Although many stretch mark creams do not work like they say, I think it’s still super important to keep your skin well moisturized to help with the pulling, stretching and growing that your body is doing. It’s also great to take some time out of the day to sit and rub your belly to bond with your growing baby. I’ve decided to make a DIY moisturizer with all natural ingredients. Heres how:
- Coconut oil
- Aloe vera gel
- vitamin E oil
- Essential oils I used- Lavender, sweet orange, tea tree & rosemary
Things that you’ll need:
- Hand mixer – Blender
- Mixing bowl
- Something to put your creation in (I used a 16 oz cobalt jar)
The first thing I did was cut aloe leaves from my plant. I only had to cut 4-5 since my plant was super small. I then I cut the edges and Ispooned out the gel here’s a link to the video I used for reference on how to get all the goodness out of the leaf. I then put it in my ninja blender and added 10 drops of vitamin E oil and blended it for about a minute.
After that, I got my organic coconut oil and put it into a bowl with the aloe gel. I started off with 15 drops lavender oil, 10 drops sweet orange, 10 drops of rosemary and 15 drops of tea tree oil but then added more drops of each to get a stronger scent
I mixed everything together with a hand mixer for about 10 minutes and then put it into my cobalt jar. For now, I’ll be storing it at room temp but I’ve read you can also refrigerate it. Since the base is oil, it has that coconut oil consistency which leaves your skin feeling nice and moisturized and super smooth. A little really goes along way with this! It was pretty simple to make and the hardest part about it was getting the gel from my aloe plant. Other than that, I’m super happy with how it came out and super excited to use this all natural moisturizer throughout the rest of my pregnancy.