No more stretch marks with Mama Mio!
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Being pregnant and having a new baby are stressful enough times without having to worry about stretch marks. I’ve recently given birth to a baby girl and despite religiously applying creams and butters to my tummy every night I have been left with a few small red stretch marks around my belly button. Thankfully there’s not many of them and they’re not too obvious, but it would be nice to get rid of them so that I can wear a bikini again.
So what are 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.
A couple of weeks before I gave birth I was contacted by Mama Mio, a skincare brand that focuses exclusively on products for babies and new mums, to see if I’d like to try out some of their products. They sent me The Tummy Rub Oil* and The Tummy Rub Butter*, both formulated to use during and after pregnancy to help prevent and fade stretch marks.
The Tummy Rub Oil* – this is a moisturising body oil that you can apply to the whole torso (from above the boobs to below the bum) every day. The product is made up from organic oils including Argan and Coconut, and is free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colourants, glycols and phthalates.
The oil doesn’t feel greasy on the skin at all and it sinks in really nicely. It has a gorgeous floral scent too, and my husband always comments that I’m smelling great every time I use it!
The heavy glass pump dispenser is really good, it’s non-messy and you can dispense just the right amount. 2 squirts will cover the whole tummy, 4-5 squirts will do the whole torso.
I’ve been using The Tummy Rub Oil for the last 5 weeks, ever since I gave birth to my baby girl, and I really love it. It feels really great to take a bit of me-time every day and slowly massage the oil into my tummy. My stretch marks are definitely looking less obvious and the oil also helps tone the skin on the tummy after birth too. With the help of The Tummy Rub Oil I’ll be back in my Levis jeans in no time!
The Tummy Rub Butter* – this is a similar product to the oil but it’s a body butter formula. It’s a thick white cream, although it’s not as thick as The Body Shop body butters and I’d describe it as more of a thick body lotion than a butter.
The Tummy Rub Butter has the same divine fragrance as the oil, and the main ingredient is organic Shea Butter. Being a body lotion it feels quite cold on the tummy when you apply it and I don’t find it as comfortable or relaxing to apply as the oil, but you can layer the two products applying the oil first then locking it in with a layer of the butter.
Both the oil and the butter are safe to use throughout pregnancy and beyond, in fact Mama Mio recommend using these products for four months after your baby is born to help your tummy spring back to its former glory and to minimise stretch marks.
I definitely prefer the oil as it feels like a real treat to apply it and it feels lovely and warming on the skin… that’s not to say that I don’t like the butter, but the oil is definitely my favourite. Mama Mio also produce ‘Goodbye Stretch Marks’ Visible Stretch Mark Minimiser and a range of facial skincare that is safe to use during pregnancy.
The Tummy Rub Oil is priced at £27 for 120ml, available from Mio Skincare.
The Tummy Rub Butter is priced at £23.50 for 120g, available from Mio Skincare.
Mama Mio products are also sold in Jojo Maman Bebe stores.
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