• 5 Stretch Mark Products That Actually Work, Starting at P175

    Our moms from the Smart Parenting Village say these can prevent or lighten stretch marks.
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
5 Stretch Mark Products That Actually Work, Starting at P175
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  • Preventing and lightening stretch marks during and after pregnancy can be tricky business. Some women are more genetically prone to stretch marks and others less so, says dermatologist Dr. Diona Reina Jacoba-Mabus.

    “If your mother has stretch marks, chances are you will also have them,” says the dermatologist. They can never really go away, either. They simply lighten in color and become less visible. 

    If you’re concerned about them, moms from the Smart Parenting Village have a few product suggestions that may help. Remember though that stretch marks are like victory battle scars. They are reminders of your beautiful little miracle and also testaments to just how strong a woman's body is!

    1. Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil
    Php174.75 for a 50 ml bottle


    Lots of Smart Parenting Village moms highly recommend this budget-friendly option. “So far, nagla-lighten naman ang stretchmarks ko. Basta tiyaga lang sa paga-apply — morning and night ako,” says one mom. 

    The oil, a Human Nature bestseller, can also be used to brighten and moisturize other parts of the face and body such as underarms, undereye circles, pimple marks, and scars.

    Available at Human Nature branches (list here) and online at Humanheartnature.com

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    2. Neutrogena Body Oil
    Php678 for a 250 ml bottle


    This one's to prevent stretch marks in the first place. “I used it kahit nung hindi pa ako preggy,” says a mom. “It really works for me. Drink plenty of water din and lagi lang i-moisturize ang skin,” says another. 

    Not sure about oil on your skin? This one promises to be sheer, non-greasy, and quickly absorbed by the skin. It's light formula also has a mild, fresh scent.  

    Available at Watsons branches and online at Beautymnl.com

    3. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter
    Php695


    “Worked wonders,” proclaims one mom adding that she hadn't even finished half of the product in the tub and her stretch marks already lightened. 

    Made from cocoa butter and shea butter, this promises to keep skin moisturized for up to 48 hours to allow skin to stretch more easily. Palmer's recommends using this during and after pregnancy. 

    Available at Rustan's and Watsons branches

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    4. Bio Oil
    Php 795 for a 125 ml bottle


    Willing to spend a little more? Moms highly recommend Bio Oil. Several attest they started using it during their second month of pregnancy and have seen great results. “Also, may preggy stretch marks ako sa upper thigh and nag-lighten talaga!”

    The product is applied twice a day for a minimum of 3 months, says the manufacturer. “It should be applied from the start of the second trimester to areas that are prone to stretch marks such as the abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs.”

    Available in leading drugstores

    5. Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Oil
    Php1,050 for a 105 ml bottle



    Moms like the Mustela because they feel more assured that its ingredients are safe for both mom and baby during pregnancy. One mom also says she used Mustela's Firming Gel postpartum. 

    Hypoallergenic, this claims to be specially formulated for expectant and new mothers as it helps prevent the appearance of new stretch marks. This is to be applied twice a day as soon as the mother finds out she is pregnant. 

    Available at Mustela branches (list here) and online at Lazada.com.ph

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