1. Rosehip Seed Oil.
I use Rosehip seed oil because of its wealth of beneficial fatty acids like linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid. Rosehip oil is an excellent moisturizer like coconut oil but is less likely to clog the skin.
It also has more vitamin C than oranges or lemons, and it may even be enough to reverse ultraviolet (UV) damage caused by free radicals.
Linoleic is also known as vitamin F, which can help fortify and protect the skin barrier as it hydrates the dermal layer – without creating a feeling of excessive weight
Palmitic acid is an antioxidant, so it helps provide free radical damage while quenching the skin.
Oleic acid is especially helpful for dry skin with the way it penetrates the skin barrier and replenishes lost moisture.
According to one 2013 study, a moisturizer containing rosehip oil helped reduce the appearance of stretch marks in pregnant women who had already had stretch marks, finding it to be significantly more effective than the placebo.
Meanwhile, this 2015 study showed that rosehip oil reduced the appearance of post-surgical scars. Participants who used the oil twice daily for 12 weeks experienced significantly less discoloration, atrophy, and redness.
Thanks to high levels of certain fatty acids and vitamin C, rosehip oil heals skin by speeding up the process of skin regeneration. Rosehip oil also contains trans-retinoic acid (vitamin A) which helps to regenerate damaged skin tissues. Thus, the anti-sclerotic properties of rosehip oil make it ideal for diminishing stretch marks.
2. Tamanu Oil.
Tamanu Oil is also high in fatty acids and works very well with rosehip oil in aiding skin regeneration. Since stretch marks are essentially tears in the dermis caused by rapid weight gain and loss, regular use of tamanu oil can encourage new skin growth and encourage elasticity in your growing skin.
3. Calendula Oil
Calendula flowers demonstrate both astringent and anti-inflammatory activity. I use calendula oil in this formulation mainly for the astringent properties. However, calendula is an excellent all-around botanical and i love using it in skin preparations.
4. Shea Butter.
Applying shea butter to your skin daily results in the addition to both collagen and increased cellular turnover. Raw shea butter contains vitamin E, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and other unique skin healing and strengthening compounds.
This results in skin that is strong, supple, and in the perfect condition to properly regenerate and bounce back from the stretching and straining of pregnancy.
5. Bee's Wax.
Bee's wax locks in moisture like nothing else. I source the bee's wax from local bee farmers i know personally in the Telsiai region. Locking in moisture is a very important step in repairing skin.