Most people get stretch marks in their teenage years when the body goes through hormonal changes and gain weight in certain areas. A lucky few girls who escape this might get it when they become pregnant. Gaining or losing weight rapidly can also lead to stretch marks. It can happen anywhere, thighs, shoulders, buttocks, hips, chest, calf, stomach, etc.
Even I had them from teenage years, but never bothered. I never wore any short skirts also, but then my marriage was fixed and I ran here and there to find a way to get rid of all of them in a few months’ time. The first impression is the best impression right? :shying:
I consulted a dermatologist and she stated the sad news that it will not go away completely with any topical creams and I was not ready to do any laser treatment or other medical procedures. But, we should not lose the battle without trying, right?
I went to “Health and Glow” and started checking out my options. There were quite a few of them, but I did not have the time in hand to experiment and see what works and what will not. So, I picked up “Vichy Complete Action Anti-Stretch Marks” cream hoping that Vichy Laboratories already did their complete research and this would be effective.
The cream is tested by gynecologists and can be used safely during pregnancy also.
Around 1800 Rs for 125 ml.
Aqua / Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Myreth-3 Myristate, Propylene Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Glycine Soja / Soybean Oil, Hydroxyproline, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Peg-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Sorbic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Methylparaben, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Laureth-7, Centella Asiatica / Centella Asiatica Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii / Shea Butter, Polyacrylamide, Parfum/Fragrance.
- Skin is well hydrated and nourished, retaining optimum elasticity and is thus better able to resist stretching. Stretch marks are much less likely to appear.
- Helps to firm up and restructure the skin. Existing stretch marks are visibly reduced.
- Stretch marks size diminishes and color fades.
- It is hypo-allergic.
- Rich in hydrating agents and nourishing plant oils. Enriched with silicon and Hydroxyproline.
- Tested under gynecological and dermatological control.
- Effective on all skin types.
Smell and Texture:
The cream is nicely perfumed which fades to a light scent. It is a rich cream in off-white color and is non greasy.
How To Use:
Massage the cream gently to the affected areas until all of the cream is completely absorbed. Use it for at least 3 months. The cream is safe to be used from the fourth month of pregnancy.
My Experience with Vichy Complete Action Anti-Stretch Mark Cream:
Even though the cream looks thick, it gets completely absorbed into the skin. There is no greasy or sticky feeling left behind. The skin looks smooth, supple and healthy after the massage. I religiously used this cream daily. I will not say it was completely ineffective. My stretch marks did lighten a bit, but, they did not go away completely. Maybe, this cream should be used as a preventive measure rather than a cure for old stretch marks.
Since my age-old marks faded a little, I am guessing that this might work better on new stretch marks. So, if you have started noticing new marks, you can give this a try. Also, I did not buy a new pack, maybe on using for a longer period of time, the marks might fade even further.
Pros of Vichy Complete Action Anti-Stretch Mark Cream:
- Rich cream which gets easily absorbed into the skin.
- Highly moisturizing and no greasiness left behind.
- Gives smooth, supple skin with better elasticity.
- Stretch marks faded a little.
- Safe to use during pregnancy.
- Tested by gynecologists and dermatologists.
- Works great as a preventive measure against stretch marks.
- Nice smell.
Cons of Vichy Complete Action Anti-Stretch Mark Cream:
- Not effective on “very old” stretch marks.
- Need to be used for many months continuously for visible results.
- For me, the stretch marks “color” faded a little, but their size did not diminish much as claimed.
- Price is on the higher side.
Will I Repurchase Vichy Complete Action Anti-Stretch Mark Cream?
I will never buy this for fading my old stretch marks, but I might give it a try during pregnancy as a preventive measure. If any of you ladies had luck with any topical creams, which faded stretch marks, please do share with all of us. 🙂
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