Most people get stretch marks during pregnancy because of sudden weight gain and hormonal changes. Ladies who don’t get them are extremely lucky (and rare too!). These marks can appear anywhere such as, tummy, thighs, shoulders, buttocks, hips, arms etc. During my pregnancy, I have done quite a lot of research on this topic. So I thought of sharing some of the researched products and corresponding effect (or no effects!) on me. I hope it will help some of us. So, let’s go ahead and review and compare each of these products:
This product is not specifically for stretch marks; however, the label says it heals and softens rough and dry skin. It provides 24 hours protection and claims to smooth marks and tones skin. It is even suitable for eczema-prone skin. I am not reviewing this product in detail as its review is already available on IMBB.
My Experience: As it is not specifically for stretch mark removal/prevention, I have used it regularly, but on SOS basis (such as before bed if my tummy is itching, rubbing occasionally on my hands, tummy, feet, etc). It’s an extremely intense moisturiser. Amount is good for the price paid, as one needs very small amount. I got it for half price and that too with an amount 25% extra! Smells heavenly (somewhat feels like ice-cream and wanted to eat it). It didn’t do anything specific for stretch marks for me.
Verdict: As a stretch mark cream, I didn’t find it effective.
2) Palmers Massage Cream for Stretch Mark:
Ingredient and Product Claims: Advanced formula with Bio C elaste with vitamin e, collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, Centella Asiatica, Sweet almond oil and Argan Oil). This product is specifically developed for stretch marks.
My Experience: I have used it regularly during my pregnancy and it is really creamy in texture and needs some time to spread over your skin. As you tend to gain weight during pregnancy, it is recommended to keep your skin well hydrated to prevent/control stretch marks. I felt it is good to use on a regular basis from the start of your pregnancy and continue till the end/8th months. It kept my skin well hydrated and I never felt itchy for at least for good 8-9 hours. It claims to increase skin’s elasticity and I didn’t develop any marks until 8th month by using this cream on a regular basis (although I have gained weight during these months).However, I found this cream to be little less hydrating as after 8th month, the growth of tummy increases rapidly and this cream somewhat failed to cope with that rate. As a stretch mark cream, I would rate it 3.5/5
It is paraben and phthalate free. Was able to prevent stretch marks by using it until 8th month. No specific smell which can be bothersome during pregnancy. Good 8-9 hours of hydration and no itchy feeling. Comes in grab and go easy tube packaging. After 8th month, it was not effective on me.
3) Luciara Cream:
This cream is normally prescribed by doctors. It is imported by Bayer Zydus Pharma and manufactured in Italy. This is available in medicine shops, ebay and other online stores. Comes in a small tube (50g) and price is INR 465.
Product Claims and Usage Direction: Use it once just after bath and massage it for 2 minutes.
My Experience: This cream is light in texture and spreads very easily; however, it takes considerable amount of cream to cover the entire belly area and considering its price one tube doesn’t last long( maximum 15-20 days if used regularly). I have used it till the end of my pregnancy and my stretch marks did not spread more (I had 3/4 by the end of my pregnancy)
The texture is light and spreads easily. Does what it claims (Preggies can start using it from month 2/3 onward). Need to be used only once and after bath. Takes only 2 minutes to massage. No specific smell. Many doctors prescribe this cream during pregnancy, so safe to use it. I got a pregnancy month by month guide book with this which was helpful. Pricey for only 50 gm tube. One tube doesn’t last long. Not available easily. I rate it 4.5/5 (-0.5 for its price!)
This has also been reviewed earlier on IMBB. So, I am not going to write a detailed review. However, its label says to use from the 2nd trimester onward. There is some debate whether to use it during pregnancy; as I was bit skeptical of the Retin A content which is supposedly a big no during pregnancy. Although the percentage is really small, I was not in a mood to take any risk, so I didn’t use it during my pregnancy. I have bought Bio Oil which I plan to use after this phase as I have heard and also found out from research that it reduces the appearance of stretch marks/makes them less visible.
5) Oil ( Such as Coconut oil, Oilve oil, Vitamin E Oil):
I have used olive oil for some days during my pregnancy before bath. However, I am not a big fan of oil and can’t use oil after bath. So, I used to feel my skin is losing hydration and could not completely rely on olive oil. But it is believed that olive oil is excellent for our skin, so I continued using it before bath, but followed with a cream after bath.
I have not used rest of the oils such as Coconut oil, vitamin E oil personally, but I have heard and read that these are also good to use during pregnancy and somewhat effective and completely safe as well.
I asked my doctor on how to prevent stretch marks and she told me it is impossible to totally control or get rid of these marks as your belly grows and skin stretches beyond its limit, marks will appear. However, there is no harm in trying to make them less visible/in numbers. This can be done by keeping your skin well hydrated by using a good cream/moisturiser and by drinking plenty of water. Creams/oil can be applied afterwards to reduce the appearance of these marks.
One more point to consider is that stretch marks are somewhat genetic by nature, so if your mom had them, there is a good chance that you would get them as well. But lastly. if you get them and can’t control and prevent these marks, be positive and think them as a road map to your motherhood or weight loss/gain saga, and live happily! Cheers ladies!
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