3 Stretch mark creams we love

Love them or hate them, at some point in our lives, most of us will suffer from stretch marks caused by pregnancy, rapid weight gain or puberty.

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What are stretch marks?

As bodily changes occur and the skin is overstretched, you’ll find the sudden appearance of angry red streaks, most notably around the stomach, the breasts and the arms. Likened to the snapping of an elastic band, these tears in the epidermis, over time, eventually fade to silver and then to white.

In the past, stretch marks were considered an inevitable mark of motherhood, where only the brave would bare them with pride.

But now, with amazing advances in skincare coupled with our desire for plant and flower-based treatments, we have a choice of high-performing creams and lotions which promise not only to firm, but to keep our skin soft and supple whilst smelling divine.

Here are our Top 3

  1. Liforma Total Stretch Mark System
  2. Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter
  3. Clarins Stretch Mark Control

Prevention is better than a cure

An exciting new product is the Liforma Total Stretch Mark System — the only product on the market which is clinically proven to help prevent stretch marks using a 3-point treatment process. Included in the system, you’ll find:

  • A stretch mark day gel
  • A stretch mark night cream
  • A support band incorporating Vector Alignment Technology to help support the skin

The Liforma support band is designed with strategically placed soft “grip pads” which hold onto the skin, helping to keep it in place. The band also provides vital support to the spine and it is recommended that you start wearing it from weeks 12-14 of your pregnancy.

Firm up, shape up, smell delicious

It comes as no surprise that Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter by Mama Mio Skincare is the winner of Pregnancy & Birth Awards “Best stretch mark product”. Formulated with enriching shea butter, wheatgerm and borage oils it’s complemented by a gorgeous Gravida fragrance containing 10 pregnancy specific essential oils, Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter may be applied to the body but smells good enough to eat. Apply the butter from breasts to stomach and continue for up to 4 months after giving birth.

Clarins covers all bases

Infused with the delicate scent of rosemary, geranium, mint and centella, Clarins Stretch Mark Control is a light, refreshing cream designed to protect elasticity whilst promoting the sensation of comfort to tight-feeling skin. And, like most Clarins products, it’s recommended that you follow a specific massage technique designed to give you the most benefit. After giving birth. Clarins Stretch Mark Control also assists in the prevention of unsightly skin-slackening whilst locking in moisture through the use of 100 percent pure plant extracts and hazelnut oil.

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