|Meet El, today's guest reviewer!|
Olive oil is a home remedy that had been recommended to me and in theory it should work as it contains vitamins A, D and E. However, if you're reluctant to smell like a basted turkey there are lots of other products out there to try.
This claims to be a multi-tasker that will hydrate, tone and rejuvenate your skin. True to its description, the oil is very lightweight so there is no need to wash your hands after using it- just rub it in. It’s easily absorbed and has a pleasant, sweet and nutty smell. It warms nicely during application and you can feel very smug and right on using this product too as it’s Irish (doing your bit for the economy) and claims to be 96.2 per cent natural with another 3.8 per cent of the ingredients being naturally derived.
This has a much longer list of ingredients (over 30 compared to human+kind's 6) and is probably one of the most heavily advertised products aimed at preventing scars and stretch marks. Bio Oil says its secret ingredient is PurCellin Oil which reduces the thickness of the oil making it more easily absorbed. I didn't find a big difference between the absorption of this and the human+kind product but it does feel somehow more luxurious. I love the orange colour and the warming smell of rosemary and the comforting aroma of lavender. It also contains chamomile and calendula oils- both known for their healing and soothing properties. Overall it is a product you would look forward to applying each morning and night.
But all is not lost - rather than applying it to the stretch marks I don't yet have, I’ve been concentrating its use on a scar I have on my belly button thanks to minor keyhole surgery. It's early days yet but I have to say that the scar is now looking a little less red and protruding, even as my growing stomach gradually turns my belly button from an innie to an outie. The product doesn't have a smell and isn't easy to apply but I can't help thinking that, like a healthy food or medicine that doesn't taste nice, it must really work and be good for you!
So hopefully that's the stretch marks sorted - all I have to worry about now is labour and the 18 years of bringing up baby..."
Any further recommendations for mums-to-be? Share them in the comments!