Prevent stretch marks with Bepanthen
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So I’m currently seven months pregnant and despite feeling really fit and healthy and having no health issues I’m a bit worried about getting stretch marks. Stretch marks are streaks or lines that appear on the skin and they’re caused by rapid expansion of the skin when the middle layer of skin (dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. They start off as pink or purple lines and eventually fade to a silvery white colour, and they’re most common on the tummy, buttocks, breasts and thighs.
Stretch marks are particularly common during pregnancy (about 8 out of 10 expectant mothers get some) usually appearing from month 6 onwards, but they can also appear after sudden weight loss or gain or during puberty – around 7 out of 10 girls and 4 out of 10 boys get them during puberty according to the NHS.
The best prevention for stretch marks is to massage the at-risk areas daily with an oil or cream, this helps to nourish the skin and allows it to stretch. Up until the end of month five I had been using Burts Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil which I was really happy with, but as I approached months six my Burts Bees oil ran out and at the same time I was asked if I’d try out and review Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream.
Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream has been specifically been developed to prevent stretch marks, it’s a rich white moisturiser that helps to nourish the skin and help it to stay elastic allowing it to stretch as the baby grows and your body changes shape. Bepanthen recommend that it’s used twice a day, morning and evening, and it can also be used after the baby is born whilst your body shape returns to normal. It should be rubbed into the skin using gentle continuous stroking motions, if you’re using it when pregnant it can provide a vital, relaxing 5 minutes per day that you can use to connect with your baby before it is born.
Stretch Mark Cream contains Centella Asiatica extract which encourages Collagen production, Provitamin B5 which is proven to moisturise and nourish skin and pure olive oil which helps assist the skin’s natural barrier against external influences. The product is also free from preservatives and colours, and it has a very traditional scent that reminds me of old fashioned hand cream.
I’ve been using Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream for just over a month now, I massage it onto my stomach every night before bed (although I must admit I’ve not been using it in a morning, I don’t seem to have time). It feels cooling and moisturising and it doesn’t take long for it to soak into the skin. So what results have I seen so far? Well I’m happy to report that there are no signs of any stretch marks on my tummy at all just yet! But I do have another two months to go until the birth so I’ll continue to use the Stretch Mark Cream and hopefully it will continue to do the job.
The bottle will last me ages too, it’s quite large – 150ml – and it has an innovative bag-in-bottle technology which ensures that you can use it right down to the very last drop. The only downside for me is that I do like to use products that contain natural or organic ingredients and this Stretch Mark Cream has a long list of rather complicated ingredients, I’d much prefer it if it were a bit more natural.
Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream isn’t just for mums-to-be, it can be used by anyone to help prevent stretch marks.
Other Bepanthen products include Nappy Care Ointment and Baby Sun Cream and I’ll definitely be checking these out after the baby is born.
Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream is priced at £12.99 for 150ml, and is available from Boots.
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