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Zoe Raymond|Fitness & Yoga|Beauty & Fashion

Stretch Mark Products for Pregnancy

I've been using oils and creams for my belly, thighs and butt since Week 12 of my pregnancy. I am 30 weeks this week, so I have been applying them religiously for 18 weeks, twice a day, in the morning after my shower and another time before I go to bed. I've been told by friends to start early! Some start as early as when they found out that they were pregnant.

Skin that is hydrated is much more elastic than dry skin. Well-hydrated skin can expand more easily without forming stretch marks.

You may not see stretch marks early but it is always good to keep the skin moist and hydrated. I was told that if the skin is dry, it itches and you stretch more, making the skin irritable and more prone to stretch marks.

One of the most helpful things you can do to prevent stretch marks, whether you're pregnant or not, is to maintain a healthy weight. Stretch marks can happen when your skin pulls apart quickly due to rapid weight gain. You may also notice stretch marks after rapid weight loss.

However, I have also read that genetics plays a role. So you could ask your mother when she began noticing stretch marks during her own pregnancy!

Day Application

  • Creams, less greasy oils for comfort.
  • More cost-effective priced products for less concerned areas like butt and thighs.

  1. Clarins Stretch Mark Contour
  2. Frei Ol Massage Oil for Pregnant Women
  3. Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil
  4. Nivea Oil in Lotion
I started with the Clarins brand cause it's the most raved product that pregnant women use. I remember getting it at DFS, before we boarded our flight to Melbourne! It's relatively cheaper and it usually comes in a set, with the Clarins Body Scrub which I use on alternate days. Clarins is the priciest of the range of stretch marks products I use. For comfort, I use Clarins Stretch Mark Control in the day cause its cream-based and not greasy.

Clarins Stretch Mark Control helps to reduce the existing appearance of stretch marks and prevent future ones from forming by enhancing the production of collagen fibres. With its nourishing olive, coconut and palm oil ingredients, the cream improves skin-elasticity while enhancing the skin's healing process. It reduces the colour of new stretch marks and stimulates their repair.

The other product I alternate about for my boobs, belly and hips is the Frei Ol Massage Oil for Pregnant Women.

I received a huge package from Frei Ol about a month ago and started on this targeted oil right away. I find that it is not as greasy as the other 2 oils I've been using so I use this in the day.

So now I can alternate Clarins Stretch Mark Control with this Frei Ol! Frei Ol Massage Oil for Pregnant Women is from the producers of the No. 1 skin care oil in German pharmacies which effectively prevents stretch marks, increases skin elasticity with vitamin E and its product has omega 3 and 6 fatty acids from natural oils. It also contains bisabolol from chamomile which calms the skin.

I got a few bottles of Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil from Melbourne cause it's highly recommended by Alvin's cousin.

Coconut Revolution is very popular in Australia and though it says for kitchen, it is multi purpose! They have the same oil but labeled differently, like for kitchen, for beauty. We got this 1000ml bottle labeled for kitchen cause it was on a big discount hahaha. It initially came with a cap but Alvin decided to try to change it with our shampoo's pump and it fitted like a glove- so convenient! Made with 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil.

Because of the high amount of vitamin E in coconut oil, pregnant women in South India apply the coconut extract on their bellies to prevent stretch marks. Even existing stretch marks have a chance to fade with regular use of coconut oil. It will also moisturize the skin and keep skin irritation and infection at bay.

Lastly, I use NIVEA Oil in lotion for the rest of my body!

This is Asia's first oil-infused lotion which is ultra-lightweight lotion with 24 hours deep moisture. Why just regular creams when you can have an oil infused one now?

Pregnancy causes our skin to be really dry so it's also important to keep the rest of the body moisturized- not just our bellies!

Night Application
  • Oils, ultra moisturizing and firming for night repairs.
  • More cost-effective priced products for less concerned areas like butt and thighs.

  1. Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil
  2. Bio-Oil
  3. Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil
  4. Nivea Oil in Lotion

My first stretch mark oil is this one, Tonic Body Treatment Oil is Clarins' No.1 selling body oil-with 100% pure plant extracts of Rosemary, Geranium and Mint-helps firm, tone and improve elasticity, while smoothing the appearance of stretch marks.

After I got back from Melbourne, I began on Bio-Oil. I was introduced to Bio-Oil by a kind reader!

Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Its unique formulation, which contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, is also highly effective for aging and dry skin. Bio-Oil has won 223 skincare awards and become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 18 countries since its global rollout began in 2002.

In fact, this kind mama reader not only introduced me to the existence of Bio-Oil and how it helped her during her pregnancy- she had no stretch marks, she also gave me 2 bottles! She Instagram- messaged me to say she always sees my grandfather exercising downstairs and that she lives nearby. And told me to drop her a message when I visit again so she can pass me the bottles that she hasn't used!

I use Bio-Oil at nights. I alternate on nights with Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil. If you are looking for a cost effective stretch mark product, Bio-Oil is the product to go for.

At Week 28 (I started these products since week 12), I finished 1.5 bottles of Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, 1.5 tubes of Clarins Stretch Mark Control and 2 bottles of Bio-Oil in 4 months.

I usually am more generous on my oils at nights so I switch about the Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, Bio-Oil and Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil at nights based on my mood that evening.

I end off with Nivea Oil in Lotion for the rest of my body!

Prices in Singapore Dollars:
Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil: $90 for 100ml
Clarins Stretch Mark Control: $95 for 200ml
Bio-Oil: $35.90 for 200ml
Frei Ol Massage Oil For Pregnant Women: $29.90 for 125ml
Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil $32 for 670ml
Nivea Oil In Lotion: $10.90 for 400ml

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