Friday, 15 July 2011

Anti stretch mark products

When I got pregnant I was convinced that anti stretch mark products didn't work and that nothing I did would prevent stretch marks. Despite this I faithfully applied my anti stretch mark products twice a day. I can now say that they work. The reason I say this is because the only place I didn't apply my anti stretch mark products is my bum and that's the only place I got stretch marks. Considering my stomach stretched a lot more than my bum did and it remains stretch mark free, I can confidently say that anti stretch mark products really do work. 

I used a combination of different products. During the day I'd use an oil as I found they absorbed quickly and at night I'd use my Palmer's Belly Butter. I used this at night as it's super hydrating and takes a while to sink in. This isn't a product that I could apply and then put clothes over the top straight away.


The products that I used are: Palmer's Belly Butter, Tinderbox's Pregnancy Oil, Belli Elasticity Belly Oil and Bio Oil. 


I used Bio Oil in the first few months of my pregnancy. It was great because it's odourless and did a great job of getting rid of the itchies. 

Once I finished my Bio Oil I switched to Belli Elasticity Belly Oil. This was another great product. I tried using it earlier in my pregnancy and found it gave me a rash, but once I got to sixteen weeks I could use it with no problems. It has a lovely, light lavender scent that I really liked.  Another great thing is that it comes in a pump bottle, which is a brilliant idea as oils can get rather messy.
If you want to try this, don't buy it in Australia. To purchase it in Australia  costs $78 (AUD), however to purchase from the US (I bought mine from Skincare Rx) you only pay $38.60 (USD).


For the last few months of my pregnancy I used Tinderbox Pregnancy Oil. This has a very soft, subtle scent that I really liked. I found it to be just as good as the Belli oil and it only costs $18. It comes in a screw top bottle so I decanted it into the Belli bottle so that I could use the pump top as it was much easier.

I liked all of these products and believe they all worked really well for me. If I was to get pregnant again I'd probably use the Palmers Belly Butter and Tinderbox Pregnancy Oil because they're reasonably priced and easy to get hold of.  

3 comments :

  1. My MIL swore by olive oil. She had four boys and only got stretch marks on her bum! (Where she didn't put any oil).

    She passed the tip onto me and I rub my whole body in olive oil after my shower each day. 8 1/2 weeks away from having bubba #2 and I'm still stretch mark free.

    Another tip (from MIL), is continue to use the creams/oils on your boobs if you're breastfeeding. As they can get stretch marks after pregnancy from the change in size :)

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  2. I used bio oil on the belly/bum an didnt get any stretch marks there but then stopped after i had the bub and my boobs got destroyed by breast feeding - at one stage they looked like they were covered in zebra print they were so stripy...but then i didnt like putting anything on them as i didnt like rubbing it on my sons face when he fed.

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  3. I got the breastfeeding stretch marks too. Wish I'd known about the olive oil trick. The oils that I had said that they weren't suitable for use when breastfeeding, so I didn't use anything.

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