With my ever expanding bump, my priorities of a body cream had completely changed. I have the fear! It’s my biggest worry, that I’lI be adorned with stripes by the end of my pregnancy. I know some mummies that say they are proud of their stripes, but I’d rather avoid having stripes to be proud of, it’s one less thing to worry about when I’m trying to kick my post preggo belly back into gear. So I decided I needed something amazing an elixir promising super supple skin and absolutely no stretch marks. Here’s the few I’ve tried, my winners and my losers:
Palmers cocoa butter cream:
The Claim: A creamy lotion made from pure Cocoa Butter enriched with Vitamin E, this cult product is an advanced moisturiser that softens, smooths and relieves skin. High quality Cocoa Butter is a rich natural moisturiser which leaves skin soft and silky smooth, transforming even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections on the skin, giving a more even and toned appearance.
The reviews: It gets a 4.3 out of 5 on makeup alley, but like marmite, most reviewers either love or hate the smell. Especially pregnant women, There is different scents available now though so if you really want to give it a go then try a different one like the Shea or olive one.
The Natview:This was and had for a long time been my favourite moisturiser, it’s thick and gets absorbed quickly. It smells good enough to eat and isn’t too artificially scented. A good number of years ago I was on a medication for acne called Roacuttane, which was horrendous for drying out my skin, my eyes, and my lips. The only thing that even slightly made a difference to my skin in these times was palmers cocoa butter hand and elbow cream, yes I used it on my face, but my it worked so well. The cream is buttons, £4 for a big squeezey bottle and lasts a wee while.
The Claim: Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‑Oil has won 85 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 11 countries since its global launch in 2002.
The reviews: With 3.4 out of 5 on make up alley it’s a pretty decent score. The reviews are mixed and most people say after using it for a long time the stretch marks can fade. I don’t think though it should be marketed for pregnancy as most of the reviews are saying its not moisturising and leaves them itchy.
The Natview: This is meant to be the oil used for stretch marks, it’s meant to be great, super moisturising and help diminish imperfections. Now I don’t know about these claims as I don’t have stretch marks yet, but what I do know is how oily, greasy and yucky it is to put on, how little it’s absorbed and how if I even touch my face after using any of it, my skin will break out terribly. What I do notice with Bio oil though is that it doesn’t improve the moisture in my skin at all, it makes it worse, it’s like it keeps all the air out, makes it itchy, and it feels like it heats it up, like my skin is on fire. £8 for a standard size bottle I think is a decent price for a good product that fulfils all its promises but unfortunately for me it just didn’t.
Sanctuary spa Mum to be stretch mark oil:
The Reviews: No reviews on Makeup Alley but dooyoo gives it 4 out of 5 stars. The reviews vary between people saying they love it and its a miracle cure and that its too expensive. I do agree that for a boots sanctuary product it is on the pricey side, especially with how small the bottle is.
The Natview: Oh my god this stuff smells amazing, I bought this from a Jack and Jill market, the sanctuary spa mum to be hat box. Got it for £4 but I think it’s around £18 to buy the hat box and the larger bottle of oil on its own is £11. I really loved this oil, it was so good and wasn’t too greasy, I loved rubbing this oil in before I went to sleep as the smell is so relaxing it just sends me off to sleep. The oil is really moisturising and takes any itchiness away. I just couldn’t justify the money though for such as small bottle as it doesn’t get you very far.
Elemis Japanese Camellia oil blend:
The Claim:For many centuries Camellia Oil from Japan has been used for the care of nails, hair, scalp and combination skin. Easily absorbed and rich in plant collagen, it is ideal for helping to prevent stretch marks whilst pregnant and improving skin elasticity and condition over the whole body.
The Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 and rarely a bad review, the comments range from being economical, smelling lovely, easily absorbed and non greasy. Victoria Beckham tweeted that she has used it. Through all her pregnancies and loves it to no end.
The Natview: My besty Lee bought me this wonderful oil for my Christmas and I got to using it right away, couldn’t believe how thoughtful a gift this was. This has got to be my favourite product by far, it’s got a really subtle scent and feels amazing on your skin. A tiny bit of oil goes a long way and at £28 a bottle that’s a good thing. That however was at around 19 weeks when my bump was only just emerging. Now writing this at 30 weeks with a more rotund bump I can say it doesn’t last as long as i thought with more surface space to cover. It’s still good though and I love it.