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
- Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Cream
- Bio Oil Multi Use Skincare Oil
- Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
- Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
- Wild Stretch Mark Ointment
- Biolane Stretch Mark Cream
- Clarins Stretch Mark Control
- The Honest Co. Organic Belly Balm
- Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream
- Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
- Mama Mio Goodbye Stretchmarks
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream
Shop it now: $27, Watsons
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.
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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
Shop it now: $37.13 (discounted from $49.50), AgapeBabies
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. Check out more Amazon reviews and Influenster reviews.
Mustela also has great tips for expecting and new moms, so check out their website. Click to watch a video of their tips for applying stretch mark cream
Stretch mark Tip: Don’t scratch your belly! If you can’t stand the itchiness, rub it with a soft washcloth.
Bio Oil Multi Use Skincare Oil
Shop it now: $15,50, Watsons
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. Check out more Ulta reviews and features in big media outlets like Real Simple and the Today show.
Dermatologist Dr. Linkner recommends this stretchmark oil to all of her patients.
“For expecting moms, pack Bio-Oil in your hospital bag to use in those first few days of post-pregnancy. Most women don’t realize that rapid weight loss during post-pregnancy can also contribute to stretch marks, so it’s best to continue using Bio-Oil two to three times a day when in post-pregnancy recovery, in order to help skin rebound to the best of its ability by keeping it supple and hydrated.”
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Shop it now: $25, LookFantastic
Looking for a stretch mark cream that’s made of natural ingredients? Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter is made of cocoa butter, and is completely free of parabens and phtalates. It also smells really nice, and the extra-rich cream relieves itching and dryness.
It can be on the greasy side (and feel too thick on a hot day), but apply it at night or after a shower to lock in moisture. It won’t treat severe stretch marks, but use it every day to prevent them from forming.
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
Shop it now: $62.98, iHerb
“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.
Amazon reviews are mixed, with about 50% of women swearing it works and about 30% disappointed in the results. It’s worth trying out, but get a small bottle first.
Wild Stretch Mark Ointment
Shop it now: $28, Sephora
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
Shop it now: $41.40, AgapeBabies
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
Shop it now: $92, Clarins
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.
Clarins reviews also recommend using the stretch mark cream with the Tonic Treatment Body Oil. It’s also great for reducing cellulite and firming the skin.
Stretch mark Tip: Stretch marks are hereditary, so if your Mom get them you probably will too. Prevent it by using a rich cream before they appear.
The Honest Co. Organic Belly Balm
Shop it now: $59.99, Amazon
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.”
However, Amazon reviews warn that it can make your belly slippery. “If you don’t want your husband to touch you, it’s great!” It’s also hard to find locally — with all the other stretch mark creams in Singapore, you may want to go with another brand.
Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream
Shop it now: $23.90, all leading pharmacies
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. Visit the Gly Derm website to see videos and testimonials.
This is an affordable and clinically proven stretch mark cream, and really easy to find! If you want a no-frills but effective product that will help you keep your belly smooth and stretch-mark free, try this before spending on something expensive.
Stretch mark tip: Your belly can feel extra itchy on hot, sweaty days. Wear loose clothes in a breathable fabric. Relieve itching by rubbing your belly with an ice cube.
Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
Shop it now: $47.90, Watsons
Eight out of 10 people who try this cream say that it works! It contains Carthame oil and Vitamin E, and has been dermatologically tested. You can safely use it on “sensitive” areas — not just your belly, but your breasts and inner thighs.
Mama Mio Goodbye Stretchmarks
If you’re a fan of natural and organic skincare products, then try this stretch mark cream. It has fruit extracts, water lily extracts, seaweed extracts and nourishing oils. These work together to repair your skin.
We love that it has no chemicals, and is full of antioxidants that can help improve your skin’s overall appearance. It looks toned, smooth, and supple. “My sister — who isn’t pregnant — tried some from my bottle, and said it was a pretty amazing body lotion, too,” says one fan.
Stretch mark tip: Apply stretch mark cream on your breasts and chest area too — especially if you’re breastfeeding! This will prevent stretch marks when you drop a bra size (or two) after you stop nursing.