Though stretch marks are battle scars most mothers embrace, there is no harm in preventing them while pregnant. The reason why stretch marks are most common in pregnancy is because they occur when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with, causing the elastic fibers under your skin to break. It is like you are over working your skin to some extent, so you need to be a little more diligent with your moisturizers.
Most individuals are susceptible to stretch marks, but it is different for each woman as it is genetic, and also highly based on your skin type. My paternal grandmother did not have one stretch mark (and she delivered my dad who was a 10lb chubster), but my mom and her mother had them. I have minimal ones on both sides of my torso, but only from my first pregnancy.
Aside from the physical disfiguration of your skin, while you stretch, it becomes quite uncomfortable and itchy. The products that have worked for me are as soothing as they are preventive. They can also be used through various stages of gestation and beyond.
VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer
I love all VMV products because they are all natural, free of fragrances, dyes and parabens, which make them extra safe during pregnancy. Mostly made with virgin coconut oil, this product is actually a facial moisturizer, which I use on my entire body. VMV has outlets in Powerplant Mall in Rockwell, Bonifacio High Street in BGC, and a main clinic in C. Palanca Street in Legaspi Village.
MUSTELA Maternite Soothing Moisturizing Balm
This is another brand I trust, not only for me but also for my newborn as well. Mustela has a wonderful range of products. This moisturizer is specifically made for expectant mothers and the prevention of stretch marks. You can find Mustela products in department stores such as Rustans and SM, as well as in kiosks around the Metro including Shangri-La, Megamall, Trinoma, and Glorieta.
TRILOGY Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
This oil is actually meant to lessen the visibility of scars so this is something you can use way beyond your pregnancy. Also organic and natural, it is a completely safe product. Though it is a little pricier than the others, you only use a drop or 2 with every application. At the moment, Trilogy products need to be ordered online.
OLIVE OIL and or VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
These two are as natural and economical as it gets. Most households will have olive oil or VCO in the pantry. I swear by both and have no qualms about rubbing my belly like a giant piece of meat. Both are known for their healing qualities, so it is definitely worth a try!
I love this tool. Jade is known to have healing properties that work miracles on a woman’s complexion. It feels cool on your skin so it truly is soothing, while it promotes blood circulation. I usually roll across my problem area after I put my moisturizer. It just gives that added boost! And also, this can be used way beyond your pregnancy. It is actually for the face, to help contour and reduce puffiness so it will be very useful if you feel a bit swollen at some point. The Jade Roller can be ordered through 0977-1779200, or check out their IG page @jade_roller or FB Jade Roller Manila
It is important to find the one that works just right for your skin.