Forget whatever or whoever told you that rubbing cocoa butter on your belly daily would PREVENT stretch marks from appearing! He/She/It/They Lied! Well, if it is any consolation, I was duped too. We all were. Sold a bag of horse bull! While it is true that a moisturized tummy may reduce the stress on the skin and help the skin more supple and perhaps less prone to getting as many stretchmarks. The creams may even delay by a couple months when the marks appear. BUT! and that is a big BUT inevitably, unless you are genetically blessed to be one of those women (like my mother) to have wonderful superelastic skin, YOU WILL GET STRETCH MARKS!
There have been loads of products released that do help the “Belly itch” (pun intended) and also help to keep your growing belly moist, soft and supple as it stretches and as the baby grows. What about after delivery and the stretched out skin goes back to normal? Eventually, you’ll go back to exercising, and maybe do some tummy exercises that will work to put some “stuff” back where it was before. It may work for some and not for others. For those extremely vain (*cough *) like me, you may consider a tummy tuck or alternatives like Thermage treatment. But despite all of those efforts, the raised, or flat, blue, pink, dark or light striations on the tummy, thigh, arms, buttocks and other stretched out areas most likely will remain. Our bab(ies) are worth it though no?
Nonetheless, thank goodness about a decade ago, product and beauty manufacturers and labs started creating creams, salves, balms and oils to try to reduce drastically or erase the marks. The big marketing push which catapulted many copy cats was Stivectin-D which was an anti-wrinkle cream that was discovered to reduces stretch marks. Thank Goodness for free market economy and capitalism because competition meant diverse products and cheaper prices. Today, the market is flooded with various makers of products making claims to reduce, lighten and in some cases “erase” your stretch marks!!
I start this review with a piggy back of a commercial site’s review of what that site claims are the top three products. I found that many of the sites claiming to “review” the stretch mark cream come off a bit phony and fabricated. So even this “so called” Top Three is “suspect” in my book.
*Shrug* What to do?
I then go on to review 25 other products I discovered via an online research effort. I culled a lot of products from conducting a simple search on Epinons.com which offers comparisons of online stores that sell various products. I looked for user reviews to guide my comments but rarely found any, which is very not a good thing because of the reviews I did find, they too read too much like they were written by the manufacturers themselves.
They read too scripted to be real product endorsement from real women! *sigh*
So…what that means is you’re on your own as I’ve tested absolutely NONE of these products, but one. Sorry. All you’ve got is my personal cynical perspective based on the info that is out there in the Universe! HA!! Good luck!!
*note to product manufacturers if you wish to have your product tested by Bellyitch, I welcome the opportunity to check it out and will give an honest opinion. Right now, I plan to purchase one product in particular to check out and review later.
1.Cosmetyn stretch mark removal cream contains a unique blend of peptides and a patented Dermaplex-12 formula which consists of natural extracts and vitamins that work to fade and repair stretch marks. The makers say the product is very high in moisturizers and antioxidants which work to improve your skin’s complexion by fading away skin discolorations, age spots, and scars. Instead of just treating the surface of the skin like most creams, Cosmetyn works at the epidermis layer, where the most of the skin damage occurred, the makers state.
This is supposed to be THE BEST CREAM!
2. Striation, is number 2, and it contains a patented SNaP complex which contains super antioxidants and anti-aging peptides such as Acai Extract and Elastonyl. The makers say that one of the key ingredients (Elastone) has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, increase collagen production, and decrease the enzymes that actually cause stretch marks. The makers also claim that this stretch mark product is designed to help heal your skin and prevent future stretch marks from occuring by protecting your skin against diet, pregnancy, trauma, and hormonal influences.
According to reviewers on of products on the web, the negatives of this product is that (1) it doesn’t have t a Long Track Record Yet (It’s A Relatively New Stretch Mark Product. (2) It takes A Little Longer To Work When Compared To Cosmety and (3) It is Not Available In Stores but can be accessed on the company website here!
My take: The creators have done a stand up job marketing this product. Online, it’s everywhere, but I don’t buy the independent product testers and reviewers one bit! An unfortunate consequence of Hard sell promotions is one is quicker to think the product is a scam! Not that it is…
3. Revitol. According to the review site I looked at, Revitol is its #3 rated cream out of the 14 products examined the site says it examined. Revitol is slightly different than Cosmetyn and Striation because Revitol is more designed for “preventing” stretch marks. Revitol’s ingredients are still capable of treating existing stretch marks, but just not as effective when compared to the two products above.
The Revitol stretch mark product works to strengthen and deeply condition your skin to increase your skin’s elasticity. Revitol is a great option for women looking for a product to prevent stretch marks from occurring during pregnancy. According to Revitol’s web site, this product is best for treating existing stretch marks when the new scars are still red and elevated. On older stretch marks and scars, you’d probably be better off with Striation or Cosmetyn.
At $40.00 a bottle, THIS PRODUCT is dirt cheap compared to the previous two. You get NO FREE Trial and the product Works Best For Repairing Existing Stretch Marks Only If They Are Still New.
Apparently, the company that makes this product has a very good reputation, and its skin care line has been successful for years.
Now that we’ve discussed the so-called BEST Stretch mark removal Options, here are others I found on the E.pions.com site in no particular order. My there are lots of options out there. I’m thinking the cost may have something to do with effectiveness, but really do not know. I am one of those folks that get suckered into thinking the more expensive, the better.
I should know that is not the case and that many times, the higher price may be the price you pay for the pretty fancy packaging and marketing that brainwashes me and others like me into thinking this way. *sigh*
Revitagen-FX’s patented peptide combination of Palmitoyl oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 targets major problem areas like wrinkles, sagging skin, skin discoloration, dryness and rough skin; not just stretch marks. The makers promise skin to feel softer in as little as four-six weeks. Revitagen products contain other skin care ingredients such as shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, sesame oil, citric acid, coneflower extract and aloe vera
Some users of this product have found out that using an exfoliating scrub while taking a bath helps the deep penetration of the cream into their skin. Others found out too that leaving the cream on their skin for five minutes before rubbing it gained quicker results. The results of Striae cream vary from individual to individual. Some says they have seen the result after six weeks and others have seen the result in just a few days of use.
8. Avon ANEW CLINICAL Professional Stretch Mark Smoother $12 – $25
I actually have tried this product for at least a month, but I cannot tell if the marks got lighter or faded at all. I suppose I would need more time to tell. I got it from an authorized Avon dealer for $30.00 cause I had to pay shipping and I suppose her commission, but apparently you can get it from online stores for as cheap as $12.00!!
Another pricey product that comes from the line of “surprise” side effect additional benefits as Strivectin-D (the original product made for wrinkles but found to help reduce stretch marks) This product has included the new find in its product name. I was only able to find reviews that again, read, too perfect and clinical as if they were totally made up by the manufacturers. Another hung jury.
11. Dr. Yermianee Stretch Marks $110
Doctors love to hawk products under their name don’t they? I am usually willing to try a product simply because they are backed by a doctor. Heck, the profession is a credible one. What can I say?
16. Erbaviva Stretch Mark Cream $28
This Stretch Mark Cream is supposed to incorporate the healing aspects of erbaviva, whatever that is…someone look it up, will ya? This lotion version is the answer to the oil version of this product. I really like all the essential oils in the ingredients and the other very natural ingredients include Fever Few, Shea Butter, and Sea buckthorn OOOh! Neat stuff!
27. Rilastil Intensive Stretch Mark Cream $98Um, okay, so nearly $100 for a 2.5 ounce tube? EEK! I know the makers of this cream are well known for their anti-aging remedies and products, but I couldn’t find anyone to vouch to the madness! I’d have to ration this puppy out by using as much as I could pull out with a safety pin to make it stretch! LOL! Someone send me a sample please! I have to check this one out!