As of today I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and so far so good – I haven’t acquired any (new!) stretch marks. However, with two months of torso stretching to go, I’m not quite holding my breath.
I’m well aware genetics rule the roost with regards to these bad boys, and as I already have the odd silver thread hanging around from teenagedom, I’m not obsessing too greatly. However lifestyle too can play a blinder in preventing such stripes throughout pregzville, with the main factors revolving around avoiding rapid weight gain (obv), as well as staying hydrated internally (via drinking gallons of H20) and externally (via rubbing in the old body balms/butters/oils/creams).
I’ve been ploughing through body oils/stretch mark preventative lotions and potions since Christmas; with many more knocking around my bathroom to use up! Who knows whether they’ve contributed to me not getting any scars thus far, but the following have been gathering dust in my ‘Empties’ trash waiting for review…
Starting with the bog standard Bio-Oil (€20.99 for 125ml) – adored by many for improving skin tone, tissue scarring and stretch mark prevention. Thanks to it being incredibly readily available (Penneys/Boots/pretty much every supermarket/every pharmacy), Bio-Oil has been a constant in my bathroom for years. (And possibly because of this I’ve kinda forgotten about it during pregnancy TBH, with only one empty bottle to speak of – making mental note to rectify this!).
Active ingredients wise Bio-Oil has lots of biggies to promote skin elasticity – Vitamin E, A and Purcellin Oil. It’s both hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic, rendering it fab in pregnancy when skin is often both sensitive and dehydrated. Lav it.
Dove Derma Spa Goodness Body Oil (€14.99 for 150ml) – I picked this up on a whim at work when Dove launched their Derma Spa line. And.. it’s gorgeous! V. impressed. This isn’t marketed for use in pregnancy specifically, but as it contains omega oil blends you know it’s going to be a rich body oil. I found it very hydrating, and as long as you don’t mind a relatively greasy formula, then you too shall love it. It’s not the fastest at absorbing, but it smells divine – way more luxe than the generic Dove soapy scent. Plus it leaves a gorgeous sheen on your skin.
I picked this up from TK Maxx a few months ago, after falling in love with the Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil (more below!)… It was fine, but I wouldn’t bother repurchasing or recommending – I personally don’t think it’s worth the RRP. Perhaps it did play its role in keeping stretch marks at bay, but all in all there are far more decadent lotions to use for less dollar. The packaging wrecked my head, with the cream being too thick for the pump.
This is more geared towards fading visible stretch marks as opposed to prevention (my bad), but can be used during pregnancy as well. It does contain quite powerful ingredients though (Regestril, Emblica, Matrixyl 3000,Algisium-C) which are all geared towards fading existing scars. Possibly worth a try for those bearing stretch marks already.
Again I wasn’t really feeling this cream at all at all! I’d have loved this in a pot rather than a tube, as it’s far too viscous for the pump dispenser and kept getting stuck. However, as a cream it’s incredibly rich and moisturising, and does feel like it’s doing ‘good’. Also, there’s no obvious fragrance which may suit those with morning sickness or the likes.
I ADORED this – It smells gorgeously uplifting (think citrus-y/spa-esque scents), and left my skin silky soft. I picked this up in Harvey Nichols, and had it gone within a fortnight – obsessed. It’s a thick formula, yet the oil absorbs quickly into your skin leaving it feeling fabulously hydrated. I’ll 100% be repurchasing this once I’ve made my way through all my other rubs! Highly recommend.
Sephora All In One Nourishing Oil – Also obsessed! I picked this Sephora gem up in Marbella back in March, as I couldn’t bring fit a body oil in my hand luggage. This was fabulous – super affordable (can’t remember le price exactly but less than €15 for 125ml) and made my skin feel incredible. It reminded me a bit of the infamous Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – similar dry oil formula/both smell delicious/both leave your skin feeling silky soft. Definitely one of your Sephora checklist next time you’re passing through!
Leaving me with Palmers Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks – another classic preggo product which gets raved about in droves. I liked this towards the end when there was feck all product left in the tub, but ultimately found the whole solid formula/melt in your hands palaver a bit time consuming and messy when you’re freezing AF after a shower and want to just something on quick smart. It’s totes affordable though and now that summer has sprung and it’s not quite so cold I may repurchase this. The smell isn’t my favourite, but it does contain loadsa skin nutrish – Bio C-Elaste, pure Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E – all synonymous with hydrating parched skin.
I’ve banned myself from purchasing any more creams ’til my stash is cleared, but pray tell me your recommendations! (The Clarins Tonic Oil is on my hit list for sure)…