You say stretch marks, we say growing pains…
With even ASOS recently refusing to airbrush their models, stretch marks are the new normal! Weight loss and gain, childbirth (or not), and hormones all play a significant role in the formation of these scars. Does your own mama sport these lines of honour? Genetics can up your chances of getting them (or not), so if she does, you probably will too! It’s believed that up to 90% of women get stretch marks during pregnancy, in fact!
With that said, technology and science have opened doors to treating stretch marks like never before! From super cool laser treatments to the use of good ol’ Cocoa Butter, there are plenty of options when it comes to fighting stretch marks. Our handy guide will take you through the best of the best, so you never have to worry about marks and all things stretchy for a while, mama!
Bikinis at the ready! If you’re looking for a more permanent solution for your stretch marks, Lily Medi Spa offers a full range of treatments that are solution-oriented and tailored to your needs. Whoop! You can say “goodbye” to the silvery, white marks on your body as Lily Medi Spa offers a variety of treatment options based on your personalised consultation. From over the counter creams to laser removal and therapy as well as other modalities. Like magic, the treatment boasts of stimulating the production of new collagen fibres for firmness and flexibility of the skin (yes, please!). The treatment will also help revitalise the body tissue and rejuvenate the body cell as well.
For Sassy Mama readers, enjoy a first time trial price for $1,800 (original price, $2,000) on your first session. Contact Lily Medi Spa for more information!
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From Kim Kardashian to former Spice Girl Mel B, the healing properties of Bio Oil have a legion of mommy fans. Recommended by doctors and midwives alike, it is the no. 1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 24 countries around the world . And here’s the proof – 100% of users in a clinical study reported improvement after just 8 weeks of using the oil! Aside from helping reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and ageing skin, all thanks to its key ingredient PurCellin Oil™, the formulation is light and non-greasy, making it quite the beauty wardrobe staple. All at a fab price!
Psst, a little bit on your hair every day, and you will even get the mane of your dreams!
Find it: $180 at Watsons
Calling all Mama Bees! A powerful combination of Cocoa, Shea and Jojoba butters, this fragrance-free product promises to keep your belly feeling soft and super smooth, both before and after bubba arrives. With NO parabens, petrolatum, SLS or nasties, the natural formula is creamy and smooth and will provide plenty of chemical-free moisture for all and any type of stretch marks and scars.
Find it: $190 at Fish Pond
No stretch mark roundup would be complete without mentioning this best-seller from Clarins. Expensive but oh-so-good, it helps reduce marks by increasing collagen production – producing almost the same result as clinical aesthetic treatments. Rich, non-oily, fragrance and colour-free, it also makes for a great massage base alternative to Jamu during your postnatal recovery.
Find it: $540 at Clarins
If you’re feeling truly indulgent, mama, this celeb fave is renowned for its sumptuous moisturising properties, which just happens to be the #1 tip doctors recommend for staving off the appearance of stretch marks. It contains La Mer’s famous nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, and when massaged into the skin it does wonders to improve circulation.
Find it: $3,300 at Lane Crawford or Harvey Nichols
Famous for its ability to make skin softer and smoother, almond oil’s popularity with celebs dates back to Cleopatra herself! Almond Supple Skin Oil by L’Occitane is an ideal combination of both almond (50%) and camelina oils, which ensure that skin gets supple and firmer, too – perfect for those stretch marks! Light and easy to absorb, you are sure to love the subtle, satiny glow this oil leaves behind. The fragrance? Soft and lingering, reason enough to buy it anyway, we think!
Find it: $390 at L’Occitane
Hypoallergenic, paraben-free and containing 100% pure Cocoa Butter, this legendary stretch mark solution is a drugstore must-have. A special blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and Almond Oil (amongst other ingredients) provides the much-needed hydration and moisturising that helps smooth out marks. This specific lotion formula is especially great for our tropical climate – light and non-greasy! Palmer’s also offers a special Stretch Marks Massage Cream.
Find it: $198 at Watsons
If you adore natural beauty products, this homegrown brand is a must-try. Chemical free and 100% natural, the Stretch Mark Ointment by Wild Products is designed to take care of your skin both pre-and post-pregnancy. Along with potent Shea Butter Oil (50%), there’s also the extra power of Vitamin E, Mango Butter and essential oils such as Tangerine and Lavender to prevent and reduce stretch marks.
Find it: $250 at Sephora
Lead image courtesy of EsthéClinic, image #1 sourced via Pexels.
Brought to you in partnership with Lily Medi Spa.