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I don’t know whether I was lucky not to get stretch marks on my belly when I had both of my babies or whether it was the stretch mark creams I used. What I do know is, I used stretch mark creams and stretch mark oils religiously and believe it was this that left my belly stretch mark free. Interestingly, I didn’t focus much on my bottom and thighs which is where most of my stretch marks appeared. I personally still don’t go without using some type of stretch mark treatment, even after having my babies, which is why I thought I’d put together some stretch mark cream reviews covering the best stretch mark creams, with a couple of my favourites included in the list.
The truth about stretch mark creams
One thing to point out is that this is not about the best stretch mark removal cream because no stretch mark cream or oil is going to completely get rid of stretch marks. However, there are stretch mark creams that help prevent stretch marks, reduce the severity of stretch marks or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
When to use stretch mark creams
The best stretch mark prevention strategy is to start as soon as you can, particularly if you’re pregnant, to ensure elasticity for when your skin changes rapidly. Stretch mark creams are by no means just for pregnant women though. I got stretch marks when I was a teenager when I lost a lot of weight. I also got stretch marks when I gained weight due to medication. Both men and women can get stretch marks.
If you’re not pregnant and are simply doing it to look after your skin or reduce the redness of your stretch marks, use the moisturiser at least morning and night, especially after having a hot shower, to replenish the moisture.
Best stretch mark cream comparison chart
|Cream/Oil||Image||Product Size||Oil, Lotion or Butter||Price|
|Burt's Bees Baby Bee Belly Butter||185g||Butter||SEE IT|
|Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks||125g||Lotion||SEE IT|
|Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream||250mL||Lotion||SEE IT|
|Bio-Oil||60mL, 125mL, 200mL||Oil||SEE IT|
|Shea Terra Mama's Gold Stretch Mark Preventative Oil||236mL||Oil||SEE IT|
|Gaia Skin Naturals Pure Pregnancy Belly Butter||150mL||Butter||SEE IT|
|Bella B Tummy Honey Butter||120mL||Butter||SEE IT|
|freezeframe Stretch Mark Eraser||80mL||Lotion||SEE IT|
|Body Slimfit Stretch Mark Reductor + Slimming Serum||200mL||Lotion/Serum||SEE IT|
How to choose the best stretch mark cream for you
When it comes to selecting the best stretch mark treatment, it really comes down to personal preference and your skin type. Perhaps you have really dry and thirsty skin, and therefore, you may not find an oil as greasy as others do. You may prefer a moisturiser over a butter for the thicker consistency and feeling that there is more to absorb in your skin. Think about the types of clothes you wear. It might not be the best fit for you to use a stretch mark oil when you have to put on an outfit to go to work, or, you may prefer to use a light moisturiser in the morning before work and use an oil or butter at night when you sleep.
Another thing to consider is the smell, particularly if you’re pregnant. When you’re pregnant, your sense of smell can be hypersensitive and so it’s often a good idea to opt for stretch mark butter, creams and oils that are unscented or have a subtle fragrance.
Lastly, if you’re ultra concerned about what you put on and into your body during pregnancy, consider more natural options and always use products that are safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Always check the ingredient list to make sure there are no ingredients that will cause an allergic reaction.
The best stretch marks treatment
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter Review
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly butter is perfect for before and after pregnancy. The hydrating cocoa, shea and jojoba butter’s work well in preparing the skin for stretching during pregnancy and then help it recover while the body returns to normal. It is 99% natural and is free from phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS. This belly butter is advertised as fragrance-free although some people do find it has a somewhat different smell. If you’re not after a very thick butter but something that is still thicker than a moisturising lotion, this product is for you. Many women who have used this product regularly and consistently right through pregnancy have not developed stretch marks. It’s been found to be a great product for dry skin; it’s not oily, is nice and light for a butter and spreads easily.
Ingredient List: Aqua (water, eau), helianthusannuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cocosnucifera (coconut) oil, cetyl alcohol, prunusamygdalusdulcis (sweet almond) oil, sucrose stearate, butyrospermumparkii (shea) butter, glyceryl laurate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, lactic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, simmondsiachinensis (jojoba) butter, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sucrose polystearate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, tocopherol, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks Review
Welcome to my favourite stretch mark cream for pregnancy – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. This has been the best product for stretch marks in my experience. I used this product during my second pregnancy because I found the Bio Oil I used in my first pregnancy tended to run out quickly and cost more to replace. I used this consistently right throughout my second pregnancy at 32 years old and did not get one stretch mark on my stomach. I did, however, get stretch marks on my bottom and thighs, areas which I DID NOT use the cream (and wished I did). Palmer’s claim, “Clinical tests prove* that in 97% of women tested, using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks gives a 59% increase in skin elasticity.”
When I used this, I rarely found myself scratching my belly when it became dry because it adequately moisturised it. I could always tell that my skin looked nice and supple, likely due to the cocoa butter, shea butter, Vitamin E, Lutein, Argan Oil, Almond oil and coconut oil. The lotion is easily absorbed, the mild cocoa smell is a little different although I didn’t mind it.
Upon researching this product, I also found that many other women had had good experiences using this during pregnancy, developing no stretch marks. Other women have experienced older stretch marks fading due to the use of the product. It’s a great consistency for massage and works well to improve skin elasticity. When purchasing the product in the pump bottle, it can be hard to get the remaining cream from the bottle, but in this case, I simply took the pump out and hit it against my hand. For the price of this product, it’s well worthwhile.
Ingredient List: Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Centella Asiatica, Elastin, Collagen, Shea Butter.
Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream for Pregnancy Review
Mustela has created this formulation specifically as a pregnancy stretch mark cream, to prevent stretch marks. It has been developed under dermatological, gynaecological and pediatric control and is fragrance-free, Paraben, Phthalate and Phenoxyethanol free and hypoallergenic to ensure safety during and after pregnancy, particularly while breastfeeding. It is a fast absorbing formula with natural avocado peptides, Shea Butter and Galactoarabinan, a patented ingredient from the Larch tree which helps to promote collagen and skin elasticity. Women have said that this cream is non-greasy and great for increasing skin hydration. Mustela claims that 96% of women who used the cream did not produce stretch marks.
Some women claim it is on the thicker side but it is absorbent, and the tube lasts a long time. It also works well to fade old stretch marks. Although this is an ‘unscented’ cream, some women have found the smell a little offputting.
Ingredient List: Aqua (Water), Di-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Laureth-23, Galactoarabinan, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Cocoglycerides, Sclerotium Gum, Zinc Gluconate, Pentylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sophora Japonica Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Tocopherol.
Another favourite which I used during my first pregnancy is the Bio-Oil. After using this throughout my whole pregnancy, I did not get any stretch marks on my tummy. I also found that it worked well to reduce the redness of scars I got on the side of my thighs. I didn’t mind the smell of Bio-Oil and found that it absorbed quite well into my skin although it took a little while to get used to the feeling of oil when I was so used to normal moisturising creams.
I also found that with regular use, I ran out quite quickly and found buying it quite expensive due to this. Bio-Oil isn’t specifically for pregnancy, it’ can be used in many other instances where scaring may occur or has occurred or just when your skin is very dry and needs extra moisturisation. I do recall using it on my scars after keyhole surgery, and it really helped take the redness away. Bio-Oil is hypoallergenic and contains Vitamins A and E, Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oils.
Ingredient List: Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Paraffinum Liquidum, Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycine Soja Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, BHT, Bisabolol, Fragrance (Rose), Parfum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Colour CI 26100.
Shea Terra Mama’s Gold Stretch Mark Preventative Oil Review
This stretch mark oil is made with the highest quality, most nutrient oils that will penetrate the cells below the surface of the skin instead of sitting on top. The maker or this product, Shea Terra Organics, claims that the likes of Coconut Butter and Coconut Oil don’t penetrate the cells below the skin. Shea Terra Organics recommend that the skin is exfoliated first with a sea salt scrub before starting the treatment.
Many women have reported that this product works very well for stretch mark prevention and that it also fades old stretch marks. It’s also a great product if your skin needs good nourishment. Some women claim that this is the best oil they’ve ever used and that it has a very calming smell. If you’re prepared to give this product ago and experience the same positive experiences, be prepared to wait a little time for the product to absorb, it’s not a light product. Also be prepared to apply at night after a shower as the product is known to stain clothing which may not be a good look going to work, do it in your night robe instead.
Ingredient List: Shea oil, carrot seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, baobab oil, tsamma melon oil, marula oil, lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil, calendula, Egyptian chamomile, kigelli, African potato, blue mountain sage essential oil.
Gaia Skin Naturals Pure Pregnancy Belly Butter Review
With cocoa butter, organic shea butter, organic rosehip and organic wheat germ oils, this product is very popular because of its natural ingredients. Although it is a belly butter, it is thick but not greasy and spreads well. Women who have used it say that it leaves skin feeling very soft and significantly eases very dry and itchy skin. Not only have women found that it has prevented stretch marks during pregnancy, but they have also found it works on smoothing cesarean scars and taking the redness out of scars and stretch marks.
The mandarin, tangerine and frankincense pure oils that give the fragrance of this stretch mark butter are said to be mild and pleasant. A plus is that this stretch mark product is very affordable.
Ingredient List: Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Pure Cocoa Butter, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Natural Vitamin E.
Bella B Tummy Honey Butter Review
Said to add moisture deep into the skin layers and maintaining skin elasticity, Bella B Tummy Honey Butter is another butter great for those after a stretch mark butter but without the nasties. It is hypoallergenic, contains no water, preservatives, parabens, petroleum or lanolin. Why no water? The maker of this product claims that water dries out and is not ideal for maximising skin elasticity. The natural ingredients list is also very impressive.
Women who have used this product say it smells great and has a light and fresh scent, it has helped to reduce stretch marks, is great for itchy skin and that it lasts a while because a little goes a long way. While some women say it absorbs well, it is a thick oil-based formula that some have found to be quite greasy and may be better suited to those with very dry skin.
Ingredient List: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, helianthusannuus (sunflower) seed oil, beeswax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, silica, ozokerite wax, butyrospermumparkii (shea butter) fruit, fragrance (parfum), sorbitan oleate (plant derived), zea mays (corn) starch, trifolium pretense (red clover) flower extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), simmondsiachinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, sesamumindicum (sesame) seed oil, sambucus nigra (elder flower) extract, rosa canina (rose)
freezeframe Stretch Mark Eraser Review
To be quite honest, I do cringe a little when I see a product claiming to ‘erase’ stretch marks because it just can’t be done. However, beyond the name, the manufacturer does claim that this product can, “reduce even the most stubborn stretch marks by up to 94%.”
The freezeframe Stretch Mark Eraser is a research-backed product where research in skin tissue engineering for burns victims revealed a particular type of stem cell could help to rebuild damaged cell layers of burnt skin. They have created a technology to mimic these changes and which is used in this stretch mark product along with powerful skin relaxing peptides to reduce tension, puckering and pulling in the skin, so it’s smoother and clearer.
Women who have used the freezeframe product said that the texture is non-greasy because it’s a dry oil. Women have also reported getting results in two weeks including the fading of stretch marks and dulling the shininess of stretch marks. That’s a big thumbs up for it being one of the best stretch mark removal cream for old stretch marks.
Ingredient List: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Undecane, Tridecane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Aqua, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Lecithin, Glycerin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Acetyl Tripeptide-30, Isopropyl Palmiate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Phospholipids, Swertia Chirata Extract, Citrulline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentapeptide-18, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Urea, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. Fragrance Free.
Body Slimfit Stretch Mark Reductor + Slimming Serum Review
Another product with special ‘technology’, the Body Slimfit Stretch Mark Reductor is said to exfoliate dead skin cells and brighten the skin, so stretch marks are less visible. Siegesbeckia Orientalis and Centella Asiatica Extract work together to help stimulate the production of collagen intensively regenerating firmness and evens skin colour and tone. There’s also special ‘fat burner technology’ in this cream to help speed up the fat burning process in skin cells and which turns glucose into fat deposits, creating a break down of fats! Sounds very scientific, so what do women say about the product?
Well, women say that it does firm the skin and makes skin nice and soft. They also say it reduces the redness of stretch marks; women have noticed a considerable reduction in their stretch marks, the difference is quite noticeable. One woman said it reduced her stretch marks up to 80%. Another woman said she had dark purple stretch marks and in two weeks they had faded.
The product is light, absorbs well and smells very nice. Although the product is a light lotion compared to body butter, women have said that the hydration is long-lasting and that although it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing lotion, when you have a shower the next day, you can notice that it’ still there. The key to the success of this product is to use it consistently, at least twice a day, for the best results. If you’re looking to use it for the slimming, the results are less favourable than for stretch marks.
Ingredient List: Water (Aqua),Isopropyl Myristate, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate-80, Alcohol, L-carnitine , Spirulina Platensis Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata (African Baobab Tree)Extract, Propanediol, Fisetin, Raspberry Ketone, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-25, Ceteareth-20, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-Diol, BHA, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Parfum.
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