Think your surgery scars, stretch marks, or acne blemishes are permanent? Think again.
Sure, we can’t completely avoid or reverse every scar we experience, but there are natural and effective approaches for both reducing and preventing annoying or embarrassing scars. Here are 5 tips to boost your confidence by getting back the smooth skin and glowing complexion you deserve.
Dryer skin is simply far more vulnerable to permanent scarring in the event of accidents, surgeries, or breakouts, to say nothing of wrinkling, irritation, sun damage, and overall poor skin health. Even mild skin dehydration can have lasting effects on the look and feel of your skin as you age.
In addition to better skin function, elasticity and firmness, when you keep your skin well moisturized you’re also giving it a better chance to properly heal itself in the event of acne, a bump or scrap that could potentially lead to scarring.
Daily moisturizing is absolutely essential to avoiding new scars—but what about the scars and stretch marks you already have?
Here’s where Immortelle oil (aka Helichrysum italicum) comes into play. Proven to help prevent scarring and reduce the appearance of older scars, Immortelle oil contains a natural anti-inflammatory called arzanol, which is essential to repairing skin damage. Immortelle oil also contains antioxidant properties that help reverse scarring by improving skin regeneration and reducing free radicals.
To help avoid future scars and shrink the ones you already have, just add 2–3 drops immortelle essential oil to your daily facial moisturizer and/or 5–10 drops to your daily body lotion.
When you notice a new scar forming, you need to treat it as soon as possible. Here are two simple DIY options for treating scars on your face or body.
1). Combine 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 2–3 drops immortelle essential oil. Spread this mixture on the affected area and allow it to soak for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Repeat this treatment 3–5 times per week until you see the desired results. For acne scars, sun damage and more, this approach will brighten your skin, helping your scars slowly fade away.
2). Combine 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil with 2–3 drops immortelle essential oil, and then simply apply this mixture to affected areas and let it sit. For best results, do not rinse the mixture off and apply it at night so it can soak in while you sleep. Repeat this daily until you see the results you’re looking for. This recipe is especially great for helping reduce and reverse stretch marks.
The powerful UVA and UVB rays from the sun are extremely harsh on the look and health of our skin. Apart from superficial effects like unsightly sun burns, inflammation and redness, repeated or extended sun exposure can discolor our complexions, enhancing the appearance of not only blemishes but pre-existing scars.
That’s why limiting your sun exposure as much as possible is extremely important, including wearing hats, long sleeves, and pants when appropriate. When sun exposure is unavoidable, always reach for a natural sunblock or sunscreen that’s suitable for your skin type. In fact, you really should apply sunscreen each morning before venturing out for the day.
Collagen production is crucial to repairing wounds, regenerating skin cells, and limiting long term scarring. Unfortunately, if you don’t drink enough water, your body’s incapable of producing healthy levels of collagen, meaning your skin will take longer to heal after becoming damaged, which will ultimately lead to more scarring.
To help keep your body hydrated and prepared to properly heal potential scars, aim to drink 9–13 cups of water daily. When you’re hydrated, you’ll have a bunch more energy to conquer your day, too. Win-win.
While some scars can’t be avoided, most can, at least to some extent. And we’re often our own worst enemies in this department. As you probably already know, many scars are the result of picking at our own blemishes, further aggravating them, and interrupting our skin’s natural healing process.
So the next time you experience a breakout, stubborn pimple, or small scrape, be kind to your skin and don’t pop anything or poke at it. We know it’s tempting, but let you skin do its thing—it knows what it’s doing.
And if you do experience a cut or wound that requires care, thoroughly clean and bandage it right away, or visit your doctor if it requires more serious attention. Then, give your skin the best possible chance to heal and avoid scarring by keeping it hydrated and replacing your bandages frequently.