Today’s review is more of a sensitive thing to most women who experience changes in their body during and after pregnancy. Stretch marks are one among the uninvited package which inhabits our body due to pregnancy as well as during weight fluctuations. Please read on to know about my thoughts on this world renowned product for stretch marks.
Massage lotion for stretch marks. With Vitamin E, collagen & elastin and shea butter. All over body lotion. Helps prevent and reduce stretch marks. Clinically and dermatologically tested. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for stretch marks helps prevent and reduce stretch marks with a special combination of cocoa butter, Vitamin E, collagen, elastin and shea butter. It lubricated the skin to help it retain its natural elasticity and moisture. This non-greasy all-over-the-body lotion relieves the dryness associated with stretched skin due to pregnancy and smoothes stretch marks due to weight loss.
Directions for use:
Using a circular motion, gently massage lotion into areas prone to stretch marks, morning and evening.
Price and Quantity:
Rs.545/- for 250 ml/8.5 fl.oz.
12 months from opening.
My experience with Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks:
This is supposed to be an all over body lotion which can be massaged into skin for stretch marks. I got stretch marks while I was seven months into pregnancy. I still regret that I didn’t start using this lotion early in my pregnancy. The reason I didn’t buy this earlier was because I was aiming for either Burt’s bee mama bee belly butter or Mustela stretch mark cream for which I depended on relatives abroad but seemed like it was taking forever for them to come to India. I didn’t wish to have scars all over my body by the time I gave birth to my baby. But my stretch marks got worse that I had to get Palmer’s cocoa butter at my 8th month ASAP!!!
Palmer’s Cocoa butter lotion comes in a pump top dispenser. The texture of the lotion is soft, creamy yet slightly thin watery in consistency. This makes it easier to apply all over the body. The smell reminds me of Pretty Nails instant nail polish remover that I used sometime back which is an amazing product but sadly not available in India. The smell can be strong for some sensitive noses during pregnancy.
Although it claims to be non-greasy, I find it to be quite greasy upon application and till it gets absorbed into the skin. One needs to massage well so that the lotion penetrates into the skin or will leave an oily kind of sticky feeling. This usually takes few minutes, later which the greasy feel will be gone for good. I religiously apply this lotion morning after shower and night before bed into my belly, hips, sides and upper thigh region wherever my skin became stretched as a result of pregnancy (sometimes for 1 or 2 days I would even forget). By the time I gave birth I had stretch marks even in my chest region. It looked as if a cat had scratched all over my body. Frankly, I didn’t expect this much stretch marks since I thought these to be genetic and my mom got no stretch marks. But my mom itself got surprised seeing those dark purple scars and added to that I was using this lotion. However I blamed myself for starting late in applying the lotion and continued using postpartum also.
So far 4 months has gone by and I can say the marks has slightly diminished but I am unsure whether I can attribute it to the body changes after delivery since we all know scars do fade by time. Anyway it does look better than how it was earlier while I was carrying. Before pregnancy I was having the correct figure for my height but during pregnancy I gained 20 kgs and now 10 kgs needs to be shed. So obviously my body went through lot of changes and I put on more weight on my sides and thigh region. Except my arms I find stretch marks everywhere on sides of my body. If I tend to wear any short tops the marks are greatly visible making the marks appear to be shinier in bright light. One more thing is I didn’t have any itchiness after using this lotion. Overall, I would say they reduce the appearance of stretch marks rather than saying they diminish the appearance of stretch marks.
Pros of Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks:
• One bottle lasts for 2 months if used religiously.
• Goes on smoothly but needs to be massaged since it is not easily absorbed. .
• Made with natural ingredients so safe for use during pregnancy.
• Lubricates the skin with its super moisturizing properties.
• No or less itching sensation after use during pregnancy.
• Not tested on animals.
Cons of Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks:
• Takes time to decrease the appearance of stretch marks.
• Needs to be used daily from the early stage of pregnancy to make it actually work.
Will I recommend Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks?
I wouldn’t say that this lotion makes wonders in removing stretch marks but if at all you have easy access to this product then I highly recommend you to use it right from the start of pregnancy. Even if have got stretch marks or not start using this. The earlier you use it would be better. I personally feel it would have helped me get rid of the stretch marks if at all I would have used it much before stretch marks appeared on my body.
Even though this lotion is taking its own sweet time, I will be continuing to use till I get to lay my hands on a better stretch mark cream which has got great reviews. By then I hope it helps my stretch marks to fade.
On a personal note, I would like to let know all of my IMBB friends that please try to exercise during and after pregnancy. Take limited food while pregnant but eat healthy. My mom-in-law made me eat for two, how much ever I resisted. Since I was relatively slim before pregnancy, I thought I wouldn’t put on weight or face any weight issues after delivery. But all my notions proved to be false. Don’t eat sugary foods and forget about ice-cream during pregnancy. That was one thing my doctor told while I found I was pregnant and I obeyed it to core. I usually don’t add sugar to my milk or tea so that was not a problem except occasionally I had some sweets. But I swear please put a full control of your diet. I am not scaring you just my personal thoughts. Even though I gave birth naturally and am nursing my baby I find it hard to shed off these extra inches and kilos. In our tradition they make newly delivered postpartum mothers to take bath in hot water twice daily for 40 days. I mean steaming hot!! If done religiously then the body will shrink and return back to the normal condition. I don’t know whether this is practised elsewhere in India. But along with a controlled diet containing only certain spices and using girdle or cotton sari around the belly, taking bath with piping hot water is mandatory in our tradition. Somehow I managed to have a narrow escape by telling my mom that I will help myself and in her absence I added some normal water and mixed. But it is said that it is not effective if even one drop of cold water is mixed with this hot water made especially for postpartum ladies to recover after delivery. I am just sharing my experience. And try to use stretch marks lotion even if you have a family history of no stretch marks. I also request our fitness queen Nidhi to put up some postnatal exercises and postpartum exercises to get rid of baby fat and get belly flat.(These are just my personal thoughts and opinions)
P.S: I wanted my review to be short but couldn’t finish it without sharing my experiences.
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