Stretch marks - The best skin care products
Stretch marks are the permanent reminders of the extraordinary changes your body goes through during pregnancy. If you want to say good bye to them, we can help.
Stretch marks are merciless. They can appear on your tummy, breasts, bum and thighs. Also research has shown that they appear not only as a result of stretching skin, but also as a result of hormone changes during pregnancy, puberty, growth spurts and rapid weight gain.
While it is almost impossible to completely avoid them, there are creams which claim to prevent them, together with some treatments which may help in reducing their appearance.
Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention
Revitol Anti Stretch Mark Cream claims to promote healthy skin, increase the production of collagen and elastin in the epidermis, and also increase the strength and elasticity of the skin. The product effectively prevents the development of stretch marks, and lessens the appearance of existing ones.
Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk.
Prize: £25 - €29.96.
Trilastin SR Intensive Stretch Mark Complex
TriLASTIN-SR cream - containing collagen, elastin and soy protein - helps stimulate the cell regeneration process of the skin, thus normalizing the skin’s surface, and helping to repair and diminish the appearance of stretch marks. It's effective on both new and existing stretch marks. Rapid visible reduction in deep furrows and discolouration in as little as 3 weeks.
Where to buy: at the moment it is not available in Ireland or the UK but you can buy it online at Trilastin.com.
Price: approx. €61.
This well known product is used for many skin conditions, including the reduction in the appearance of scars. It is also effective at reducing the unsightly purple/red appearance of stretch marks. It should be applied in a circular motion to the effected skin twice daily for a minimum of 3 months.
During pregnancy apply from the start of the second trimester to areas that are prone to stretch marks.
Where to buy: chemists nationwide.
Price: €19.80 for 125ml.
Boots Expert Stretch Mark Oil
This luxurious cream is enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. Why are these two so good against stretch marks?
Because Vitamin E increases the moisture levels in skin, making it smoother, and prevents the formation of free radicals, which damage the structure of your skin. Aloe Vera - in addition to it's many other qualities - speeds up skin regeneration.
This oil is suitable during pregnancy from 3 months onwards.
Hypoallergenic, fragrance free and easily absorbed.
Where to buy: in any Boots stores.
Price: €7.32 for 100ml.
Fraxel Laser Skin Treatment
It's not a cream, but some people swear by it. Fraxel lasers are used to stimulate new collagen growth and fill the stretch marks from deep within. As new collagen thickens, plumps and fills the skin it fills in the stretch mark. It's claimed that dramatic results can be seen in just one treatment.
Keep in mind that cosmetic surgery is very expensive and rarely recommended by health professionals, if you are going to go down that route its a good idea to have a chat with your G.P beforehand.
Where: in cosmetic surgeries countrywide.
Price: approx. €400 per treatment.
All the research shows that there is no absolute ‘fix’ for stretch marks, but you can always reduce your risk of getting them, or improve the appearance of them, by keeping your skin moisturised and in good condition.