Stretch marks (ugh). They’re bound to happen during pregnancy. One study suggests that up to 50% of women will develop stretch marks during their pregnancy and the American Pregnancy Association says that 90% of women get them. That’s a big range, so you should just plan on probably getting some.
Most studies imply that genetics play a small role, as does low maternal age, high body mass index (BMI), and weight gain of more than 33 pounds. I’ve got them (I gained 40 pounds with Grady). They appeared during the end of my first pregnancy and are very much noticeable this second time around. Even though I have them, I still love to slather on the creams to help combat anymore that might pop up. Centella asiatica extract (an herb), alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) and collagen-elastin hydrolysates (an enzyme) have been shown in studies to prevent the appearance of stretch marks in some women when combined with massage.
Did you know that Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and Palmer’s Organic lines of pregnancy products have these ingredients in them? If not, now you do! Palmer’s also just happens to be the #1 cocoa butter brand in the world and is sold in over 80 different countries. Not only is Palmer’s a longstanding company that you can trust for quality products, they also support several charitable organizations (Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City). I love a company that gives back!
Speaking of being a giving company, Palmer’s sent me a slew of products from their pregnancy lines to review! To make it easier to follow I’ll review each item separately below for easy reference.
- Palmer’s Organics Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (8.5 fl. oz.): First off, smells yummy. What pregnant woman doesn’t want to smell like cocoa butter all day! What I like best about this product is that it’s an all over body lotion and not just for your tummy. It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. It’s got 2 out of the 3 ingredients that we talked about from above (it’s missing centella asiatica extract), but also includes known moisturizes like shea butter, aloe, and of course, cocoa butter. While it’s not 100% organic, quite a few of the ingredients are. I’d love for them to come out with a 100% organic lotion in the future.
- Palmer’s Organics Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks (4.4 oz.): This is the heavy duty stuff! It comes in a jar and is much thicker than their other creams and lotions. It starts off a little gritty but rubs in smooth. I’ve been using it for over a month and I’ve barely made a dent in it, so this stuff will last forever! It has similar active ingredients as the massage lotion, but fewer ingredients overall, which in my opinion, is much better. It also has some lavender oil, so it has a slightly different scent than the other products. Again, not 100% percent organic.
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (8.5 fl. oz.): This is the non-organic version of their massage lotion. Very similar to the organic version in scent, appearance and texture, but has more ingredients overall. Includes all 3 of the studied ingredients listed above, as well as many known moisturizers. Other than looking at the bottles, I can’t tell the difference between this one and the organic version. Both smell great and leave me smooth and moisturized all day.
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks (4.4 oz.): My favorite of all the Palmer’s products. This cream is a consistency between the body lotion and the tummy butter. My skin feels smoother longer but without the grittiness of the tummy butter. Contains all 3 of the ingredients studied to prevent stretch marks. Palmer’s recommends using this concentrated version on stretch mark prone areas (tummy, hips, thighs, bust). I’ve begun layering the products for maximum effect. Tummy Butter on the tummy, the cream on my tummy, hips, and thighs, and then the lotion on my legs! I smell delicious all day!
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Milk for Stretch Marks (5.1 fl. oz): This is a spray-on, non-greasy formula to help with dry, itchy skin. It does work to relieve itchiness, but I personally find it to be too cold for my liking. Although, during the hot summer months I think this would be great to help cool off! It’s got the 3 ingredients from above, as well as lavender oil to calm the skin. Instead of smelling like cocoa butter, this one smells very much like lavender. If sprayed on at night, it might even help you fall asleep! I have no problem falling asleep, so I wasn’t able to test that hypothesis!
BUY IT: You can buy the Palmer’s lines of pregnancy products, like the ones I reviewed, at popular drug stores like Walmart, Target, CVS, and Rite Aid. You can also buy online right from the Palmer’s website! Prices are in the $5-10 range depending on where you shop! The organic line is a little bit more, ranging from about $10-15. Be sure to “like” Palmer’s on Facebook and follow them on twitter to be the first to know about any coupons and deals!
WIN IT: One very lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win ALL 5 of the products I reviewed from Palmer’s! You’ll be one very well moisturized lady! Open to US and Canada. Ends on 4/10.
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Although I was sent complimentary items for review purposes, I was not paid or enticed to write an awesome review for these products! All opinions expressed are 100% mine!