How to Choose the Right Stretch Mark Cream
Posted on 23 June 2016
If you’re in the market for a stretch mark cream, you’re likely deluged by the options to help improve the marks that develop when the layer of skin beneath the surface stretches, leaving behind dark, roughly textured scars.
Stretch marks can happen to anyone, but most often pregnant women, people who gain or lose weight, kids who experience a rapid growth spurt or weight lifters whose muscles push and stretch the skin beneath the surface are the ones who are most susceptible to stretch mark scars.
If you have them, you want to get rid of them, and get rid of them fast.
Taking time to find the right product is perhaps the most important part of the process, and will save you time, money and the heartache of selecting a product that fails to live up to its promises.
Read the Reviews
You want to make sure you’re not only using a product that that has high quality ingredients, but one that has also worked for others.
Are there reviews on the website of the product you’re researching? Are there before-and-after pictures so you are able to see real-life results?
Both are important, because without actual proof, you don’t know for sure if the testimonials are true, of if they are the same as the well-worn movie tributes that pop up with every new release.
Check the Ingredients
According to a 2000 study from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Tocopherol (vitamin E) was shown to be most effective in helping to prevent stretch marks, according to testing of the skin-friendly antioxidant on 100 pregnant women. Those who were treated with vitamin E had fewer stretch marks after pregnancy than those who were not, reported the New York Times.
Another key ingredient for stretch mark relief is Vitamin C, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“It seems so simple, but you get a lotion with some vitamin C in it — the vitamin C actually boosts the collagen,” said Oz, adding that the extra boost of collagen improves skin’s elasticity by filling in the torn skin, so stretch marks narrow and become less visible.
Senvie’s Setavan stretch mark cream is a smart option because it contains both vitamin E and vitamin C in the form of both orange oil and grapefruit seed extract, all of which have the potential to increase collagen production, hydrate damaged tissue, fight free radicals and improve the condition of your skin.
Skip the Chemicals
One of the worst options for stretch mark creams are those that are chemically based. Lab-manufactured creams may include ingredients that look the same under a microscope as the good-for-you botanicals that your skin craves, but won’t yield the same results.
Make Sure It's Made in the USA
In the same way synthetic vitamins can be essentially useless – our bodies cannot process the chemical versions as well – they can also be potentially harmful, because the lab-manufactured nutrient sometimes needs to steal another nutrient from your cells in order for your body to use it. That leads to nutrient deficiencies, both physically when taking a vitamin, and topically when applying a product to your skin.
Using natural botanicals is especially important because much of what we apply to our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream.
If it’s an artificial ingredient, you could be doing your skin – our body’s largest organ, but in some ways the most delicate - more harm than good.
To make sure you’re buying a beneficial stretch mark cream, look for natural ingredients, antioxidants, botanical extracts and vitamins.