Everybody gets stretch marks. While it’s usually associated with pregnancy, it can happen if you suddenly gain or lose a lot of weight, or if you’re just genetically predisposed to them. The good news? There are lot of stretch mark creams that can prevent them, or minimize their appearance.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream
One of the most popular (and affordable!) creams! It’s made of oure cocoa butter and shea butter, natural oils, collagen, elastin, and lutein. These extremely moisturizing ingredients help keep your skin soft and supple for 48 hours. It’s also free of parabens, phthalates and mineral oil.
While Palmer’s is typically marketed for pregnancy stretchmarks, anyone can use it! It’s got hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon. However, women did say that it was very thick. If you prefer a lighter formula, Palmer’s also has a lotion.
Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Cream
Use it to prevent stretch marks, or even slowly fade the ones you already have. It’s made of avocado peptides, beeswax, shea butter and (their special, patented ingredient) Galactoarabinan. Your skin will be soft, smooth and stretch mark free!
Reviewers liked the very light scent. “I used to use Palmers but I was sensitive to the strong cocoa butter smell during my pregnancy,” says one beauty review.
Bio Oil Multi Use Skincare Oil
This multi-purpose skincare wonder can help prevent prevent stretchmarks and wrinkles, and can even out your skin tone! “I always a have a bottle in my gym bag and another on my bathroom counter, so I can apply it on my face, stretchmarks and even my cuticles. It’s so practical and convenient, and gives such value for money!” gushes one beauty review.
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
“I’ve tried a lot of stretch mark lotions, but this one was my favourite!” says one beauty review. “It faded some very big stretch marks that I was afraid would never go away. And after I started using this, I didn’t see any new ones!”
It contains hyaluronic acid and dimethicone (which hydrate the skin without feeling sticky or heavy) and a patented botanical complex called Cepalin.
Wild Stretch Mark Ointment
Sephora Singapore reviews praised its very light balm texture, which melts on your fingers and is easy to apply. And if you’re a fan of natural ingredients, this one’s for you. It has 50% shea butter oil, mango butter, Vitamin E, neroli oil, tangerine oil, rosewood oil, and lavender oil. You can imagine how amazing it smells — is it a stretch mark ointment, or a spa ritual? Maybe both!
Biolane Stretch Mark Cream
Argan oil nourishes your skin and keeps it elastic, preventing stretch marks and overall firmness. It also contains a hydra-bleine, which is full of lipids and wheat proteins, to prevent water loss. It’s a great lotion for people with dry or itchy skin, and since it’s hypoallergenic you can apply it in sensitive areas like the inner thighs too!
Clarins Stretch Mark Control
This is part of Clarins’ line for pregnant and new moms. It’s got a patented crowberry extract to keep stretch marks at bay. “I would apply this in the morning, since it’s not greasy and absorbs quickly. Then at night, I’d apply a heavier stretch mark cream. I barely got any stretchmarks, and the ones that appeared were very faint and disappeared very quickly,” says one review.
The Honest Co. Organic Belly Balm
This thick balm is packed with certified organic oils (like sunflower, coconut, olive oil and more) and cocoa butter. It doesn’t have any petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances. Massage it into the skin, and then let it settle for a few minutes. “This is one of the few creams that relieved itchiness not just on my belly and arms,'” says one beauty review. “I also applied it on my breasts, where a lot of my stretch marks appeared. It even helped soothe the cracked nipples during breastfeeding.”
Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream
Do you already have dark red stretchmarks? Use this to help them fade and prevent new ones from appearing. Its patented Tri-Derm complex can help your skin rebuild collagen, and keeps skin toned and elastic.