Stretch marks, as the name suggests, usually happen when you gain weight and your skin is pulled at a faster rate. When you’re growing a human inside of you in a 40-week span, it creates the perfect breeding ground for stretch marks. It’s a good idea to use specialized stretch-mark removal creams and body butters and oils to care for your skin during and also after pregnancy. These formulas can help fade existing stretch marks and prevent new ones from forming! Plus, simple things like staying hydrated or applying sunscreen prior to a day out in the sun can also help minimize those warrior lines, too.
Listen up: Your body will never, ever look or feel anything like it did before you were pregnant. Like, ever. (Hell, your brain won’t ever think the way it did before, either.) But you know what? That’s okay! It’s key to take care of your body during pregnancy and love on your body postpartum, always.
When I look at nutrition labels for food, if there’s an ingredient that has too many letters, is hard to pronounce, or is not familiar to me in any way, I leave it on the shelf and keep walking. When it comes to beauty and haircare products, I’m not as picky. In fact, I like to see things like biopeptides and Hyraluronic Acid on the label. A beauty product gets major bonus points with me if the ingredients are also something that I’d find in any natural setting, algae and Jojoba for example. I digress.
Check out the best stretch mark creams to try:
PEPTIDES, SILICAS, AND PLANT EXTRACTS, OH MY!
Remember those peptides I was talking about? This Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter has those bad boys. The formula also contains a bunch of other wonderful ingredients that boost collagen renewal and enhance skin’s elasticity, and help improve the way those stretch marks look. The familiar Shea and Jojoba butters blend nicely to create a consistency that feels nourishing, but not greasy. There’s nothing worse than feeling lubed up all over your body. (Unless you’re into that sort of thing.)
WHO CARES IF IT’S NOT AN ACTUAL CREAM?
To anyone in the know, Bio-Oil is a miracle skincare product that is synonymous with stretch mark survival. It’s an award-winning product that works to improve the appearance of stretch marks (and also any scars), while nurturing and hydrating the skin. I love that, despite the name, it’s not greasy at all and absorbs pretty quickly.
SAY THAT THREE TIMES FAST
This hydrating moisturizer is packed with the power to reduce lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks in 15 days. It works to target Collagen I and Collagen III, something known as Youth Collagen. (This is starting to feel oddly related to parenting.) Remember my desire for ridiculous ingredients in these types of products? Well this doesn’t disappoint. We’ve got some Copper Tripeptides (what?) and proprietary Marine Ferment (uh?) which work in synergy to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, so yeah… let’s do this.
IT WILL HONESTLY HELP YOUR STRETCH MARKS GO AWAY
This Belly Balm 101, as I like to call it, is gentle, hypoallergenic, and free from anything related to a peptide. Inside, you’ll find cocoa butter, coconut, olive and tamanu oils to help with the itching and moisturizing of your growing belly.
OHH, JAPANESE CAMELLIA OIL? GOT IT.
This easily absorbed oil is rich in plant collagen to keep skin moisturized and supple. Designed with pregnant and postpartum women in mind, the blend of ingredients works to prevent stretch marks. Also, the bottle is a really pretty red and will look great on your vanity. So there’s that.
THEY SPELLED IT ‘BELLI’… HOW CUTE
Belli’s lotion is made with Darutoside and Regestril, which are clinically proven to reduce appearance of stretch marks. The brand promises applying twice daily for four weeks and once daily thereafter will make those fine lines magically disappear. Unfortunately, there is no such cream to make your kids disappear when you’d like them to.
THE NEWEST ADDITION TO YOUR POST-SHOWER ROUTINE
Your skin is thirsty. Quench it! This body oil contains highly absorbent antioxidants and pure plant oils that are intended to replenish and rejuvenate the skin. Use it post-shower to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles, and dark spots. Honestly, I’m wondering if this will work on the bags under my eyes.
DOUBLES AS A CREAM FOR THE BABY, TOO
Organic raw shea butter and essential oils infused with peppermint make this another natural option for your growing belly. I absolutely love that this formula doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or parabens and that it doubles as a body cream for babies when the time comes as well. I love to lather up my little boo in (safe/crunchy-type) lotion during the dry winter months.
WITH HYALURONIC ACID
With a choice of cream or serum, Love Anybody promises to refresh, soothe and smooth your skin. Powerful antioxidants, Arginine, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E work to treat the effect pregnancy has on skin.
ANTI-STRECH MARK AND ANTI-CELLULITE CREAM
This nourishing formula is packed with skin essentials like beta-carotene and other vitamins, minerals proteins and amino acids. It promises to keep stretch marks at bay and prevent aging. But the most important thing, in my opinion, is that this brand gives you a lifetime satisfaction promise that if you don’t like the results, you can return it for a full refund. Sold!