Declaring War on Stretch Marks 

As you might know from reading my pregnancy updates I am very lucky in that stretch marks haven’t reared their head. Yet.

I have a few little silvery marks you can see under a very bright light but I’m not fussed about that at all! In all honesty I’d like to think I wouldn’t care if they were a lot worse but that’s easy for me to say, right?

I’m honestly quite surprised as I have pretty pale and sensitive skin. I bruise easily and almost all the little cuts and grazes I get become scars or imperfections. When I first found out I was pregnant I was kind of resigned to the fact that I’d get a lot of stretch marks for this reason. I didn’t really do anything to protect my skin as I thought there wasn’t any point. I assumed I was just one of those people who’d get a lot of stretch marks and I’d have to learn to live with it.

Around 20 weeks it had kind of dawned on me that my skin was doing pretty well and I should consider myself fortunate. This was when I started thinking seriously about showing my skin some love!

Getting to the point (finally) here’s what I’ve been using to try to preserve my skin as well as possible…

First off I went to town on the body butter and made my way through the Christmas stash of Soap & Glory. The downside to them is that they aren’t specifically formulated to prevent stretch marks but I wanted to get ahead and load up on moisture. I found I got a bit fed up of using them daily and was on the look out for a thinner product that would absorb faster.

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Then I moved on to trying out the samples from my Bounty and Emma’s Diary packs. These included Bio Oil, Palmers Tummy Butter, Cussons Mum & Me Bump Stretch Mark Cream. I also purchased Tummy Butter from Mama Mio,  and was sent the Prenatal Body & Bath Oil as well as the Mum’s Miracle Balm for review from Vital Touch Natalia.

biooilI can’t say I was a fan of Bio Oil. I’d used it in the past to fade a scar on my knee with limited success and i don’t like the texture. For me the oil is too thin to work into the skin as you have to move really quickly. I can’t say if it’s effective as I only used it 5 or 6 times but in my previous experience it didn’t really help. 2/10

palmers tummy butter for stretch marksThe Palmers tummy butter was a big hit, as soon as the samples ran out I bought a bigger tub. Firstly I love the smell and the cute sample pot. The product is hypoallergenic and paraben free. As it’s a cocoa butter it melts down to an oil under the heat of your skin, this makes it really easy to work into your bump. I’ve also been using any leftovers on my elbows as it feels and smells great. At first I thought it wasn’t soaking into my skin and was reluctant to get dressed incase it came off on my clothes. Initially I used this daily for about 5 weeks and now I use it around 3x evenings a week when I have the time to apply it and relax. My skin feels great and looks better than before I started so I must be doing something right! 8/10

cussonsCussons Mum & Me Bump Stretch Mark Cream. The sample pot of this is pretty generous but my compliments end there. I found the consistency to be like yogurt and not in a good way. I don’t like the smell either. I did use this daily for a week to see if it would grow on me but I wasn’t seeing any benefit in my skin so I retired it! 2/10

stretchmark_031212The Mama Mio tummy butter was a pricy investment but one I was confident making. A few years ago, when they were a fledgling brand, I’d been sent an extremely generous selection of facial  skin care from them. I loved it and knew the brand was worth it’s salt. I bought this when I was about 22 weeks and had used it all by 28 weeks. Mama Mio have a ‘no nasties’ policy and the tummy butter is organic. I did think it was lovely but I’ve been enjoying the Vital Touch products so much that I’m not going to repurchase. 8/10

Natalia-natural-skincare-for-pregnancy-Prenatal-Body-Bath-Oil-325x325The samples I was sent from Vital Touch were extremely generous and I’m going to be doing a full review on the range once I’ve used all the products enough to have a firm opinion. The bath & body oil is easily my favourite so far. Like the bio oil it is very thin but because I use it in the bath and then smother some on my skin right after it doesn’t get as messy. All the products in the range are 100% naturally and virtually 100% organic. This wasn’t something I really cared a great deal about before but considering your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it I am more focused on this kind of thing now. The way I see it I mostly eat well for my baby and I wouldn’t use harsh chemicals on their skin so I should use them on my own? 9/10

Natalia-natural-skincare-for-pregnancy-Mums-Mircale-Balm-325x325I also really like the miracle balm and have used it daily for the last 3 weeks. It’s a shea butter that, like the Palmers, melts under the heat of your skin. I do prefer the smell of the Palmers but I appreciate the higher quality natural ingredients in the Vital Touch range so I’ll be sticking with them for the duration. The biggest selling point of this little balm is that it does more than double duty! You can use it on any dry skin or scars, including on your face. It’s safe to use on nipples to rehydrate and heal whilst breast-feeding and it works as a hair treatment! 8/10


Now, I have read around the subject of stretch marks and science does seem to say that during pregnancy you’ll either get them or you won’t. A lot of it seems to be down to genetics and how quickly you gain weight at the time. Also I can’t really say for sure which, if any, of the products above have helped to keep my skin in reasonable condition – because I’ve tried so many! I would say though that the experience of ‘treating’ the skin is a good one whether it really works or not. I’ve felt more positive about my changing body since paying attention to my skin care and I smell great!

I’d be interested to hear your experience of these or other products. Also, does anyone have any reccomendations for things to help your skin ‘bounce back’ after birth?

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28 Comments

  1. 24th April 2015 / 9:15 pm

    love this! I tried everything to stop my stretch marks but I still look like a tiger 🙁 think some people will just get them no matter what! XXXX
    Ami @ mymummyspam.blogspot.co.uk
    #mblogchat

  2. travelingchristie
    25th April 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Great post, I swear by palmers body butter I only got 2 tiny marks, and they are tiny after 2 pregnancies and I smothered myself in palmers every night before bed x

    • 25th April 2015 / 4:46 pm

      Fab isn’t it! I love the smell of it too 🙂 glad to hear it worked for you. Finger crossed it keeps working for me haha

  3. travelingchristie
    25th April 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Great post, I swear by palmers body butter I only got 2 tiny marks, and they are tiny after 2 pregnancies and I smothered myself in palmers every night before bed x

    • 25th April 2015 / 4:46 pm

      Fab isn’t it! I love the smell of it too 🙂 glad to hear it worked for you. Finger crossed it keeps working for me haha

  4. 25th April 2015 / 9:27 pm

    I agree with you on the bio oil so I also ended up with palmers body butter. I wasn’t very goo at putting it on religiously though 🙁 Luckily I wasn’t left with too may stretch marks. Next time I will definitely look into the Vital Touch! 🙂

  5. 25th April 2015 / 9:27 pm

    I agree with you on the bio oil so I also ended up with palmers body butter. I wasn’t very goo at putting it on religiously though 🙁 Luckily I wasn’t left with too may stretch marks. Next time I will definitely look into the Vital Touch! 🙂

  6. 26th April 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Oh my goodness I don’t think anything could have saved my enormous twin bump!! Although I did use bio oil. Maybe it would have been worse if not. Lovely products here and such a lovely post 🙂 Jess x

    • 26th April 2015 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂 1 stretch mark or 100 – they are worth every last one x

  7. 26th April 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Thank you 🙂 1 stretch mark or 100 – they are worth every last one x

  8. 26th April 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Urgh I’m so lazy I never use anything and I have a good few, but they’re light in colour and to be honest my tummy is so ugly after two sections I shall never be showing it in public again, well until after my tummy tuck, lol hopefully! #sundaystars

  9. 26th April 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Urgh I’m so lazy I never use anything and I have a good few, but they’re light in colour and to be honest my tummy is so ugly after two sections I shall never be showing it in public again, well until after my tummy tuck, lol hopefully! #sundaystars

  10. 28th April 2015 / 11:17 am

    This is a really useful guide. Love using bio oil #triedtested

  11. 28th April 2015 / 11:17 am

    This is a really useful guide. Love using bio oil #triedtested

  12. 28th April 2015 / 3:34 pm

    I am sure this will be very useful to lots of people so thanks for sharing it and for linking up to #bigfatlinky

  13. 28th April 2015 / 3:34 pm

    I am sure this will be very useful to lots of people so thanks for sharing it and for linking up to #bigfatlinky

  14. 28th April 2015 / 7:48 pm

    My mummy used the Mama Mio one! she loved it and the smell was to die for too! Great round-up! #TriedTested

  15. 28th April 2015 / 7:48 pm

    My mummy used the Mama Mio one! she loved it and the smell was to die for too! Great round-up! #TriedTested

  16. 28th April 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Love Bio Oil for my hands as developed really dry flaking skin during pregnancy which never really went away and it was one of the only things that stops it getting problematic!
    Thanks for sharing these products on #SundayStars

  17. 28th April 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Love Bio Oil for my hands as developed really dry flaking skin during pregnancy which never really went away and it was one of the only things that stops it getting problematic!
    Thanks for sharing these products on #SundayStars

  18. 29th April 2015 / 9:28 am

    I have more stretch marks than normal skin, so thanks for this post! Lol. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  19. 29th April 2015 / 9:28 am

    I have more stretch marks than normal skin, so thanks for this post! Lol. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  20. Colette B
    29th April 2015 / 7:10 pm

    I have high praise for the Mama Mio having been riddled with stretch marks in my first pregnancy I discovered Mama Mio and used it religiously through the second two pregnancies – not a single new one!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

  21. Colette B
    29th April 2015 / 7:10 pm

    I have high praise for the Mama Mio having been riddled with stretch marks in my first pregnancy I discovered Mama Mio and used it religiously through the second two pregnancies – not a single new one!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

  22. 24th May 2015 / 2:39 am

    Such an interesting one with stretch marks. I was told to use Bio Oil by 2 people and I did and I got none on the areas that I used it.

    Lovely you’ve sampled a whole range; a post to check out for anyone who doesn’t know where to start with stretch marks’ products.

    So very sorry that I’m just completing my #SundayStars read from almost a month ago. 🙁

  23. 24th May 2015 / 2:39 am

    Such an interesting one with stretch marks. I was told to use Bio Oil by 2 people and I did and I got none on the areas that I used it.

    Lovely you’ve sampled a whole range; a post to check out for anyone who doesn’t know where to start with stretch marks’ products.

    So very sorry that I’m just completing my #SundayStars read from almost a month ago. 🙁

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