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The best stretch mark creams for bumps and beyond

Stretch marks are, for many women, part and parcel of being pregnant. They can appear anywhere on your body, from your bump to your boobs, caused by the dramatic changes your skin goes through during pregnancy. Read more about what causes stretch marks.

Using a good stretch mark cream during your pregnancy will help prevent too many appearing, and after pregnancy they will help your skin repair and heal. Here are our top picks of stretch mark creams on the market. There are also lots of stretch mark oils you can try, instead of creams.

>> READ: THE BENEFITS OF PREGNANCY MASSAGE

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Remescar Silicone Scar Cream, £24.99.

The silicone in this cream creates a barrier over stretch marks, helping to keep them hydrated, gradually fading them over time; it keeps the skin supple and aids circulation. It also has a smoothing effect so scars look instantly better, ideal if you're feeling self-conscious about layers coming off as the weather warms up.
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Trofolastin Anti-Stretch Mark Moisturising Cream, from £20.35 for 250ml.

Studies show daily use of this cream, containing centella, prevents and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. 
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CeraVe Intensive Stretch Marks Cream, from £21.39 for 5oz.

Hyaluronic acid helps this hypoallergenic cream reduce the appearance of stretch marks. 
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Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, from £29.99 for 5oz.

Clinically proven to help prevent and reduce stretchmarks when used for 12 weeks. The cream contains centella and hyaluronic acid to soften skin and aid elasticity. 
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Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream, from £24.99 for 150ml.

Developed to care for your skin during and after pregnancy, it contains centella, provitamin B5
and olive oil. 
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Re-Gen Cream, £5.47.

Supermarket price, supermodel product. Skin gets a real glow from this vitamin-packed moisturiser and it's effective on silvery stretch marks and red scars, locking in moisture and fading them over time.
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Phytalotion, £9.99.

Rosehip oil is the latest superhero in skincare, and its cocktail of essential fatty acids and vitamins has been found to fade stretch marks. Phytalotion is fast absorbing and has no added nasties (but note that you should check with your doctor before using any essential oil when pregnant or breastfeeding).
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Mustela 9 Months Stretch Marks Double Action, £16.75.

Massage in this cream at bedtime for instant relief on skin that feels tight or itchy. The patented Elastoregulator formula strengthens skin deep down, helping to prevent stretch marks taking shape.
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Aveeno Moisturising Cream, from £6.99.

A family staple in the USA, Aveeno uses natural colloidal oatmeal proven to intensely nourish dry skin. Widely used for eczema, it's also brilliant for preventing and fading stretch marks, and keeping skin feeling calm and comfortable. Great for easing baby eczema too, from age three months.
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Aleva Naturals Stretch Mark Cream, £14.99.

Absolutely no chemicals, guaranteed. This luscious maternity skincare range uses only plant products: good stuff such as organic shea butter, olive oil and pumpkin seed extracts. Use regularly to clarify and smooth skin.
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Hope's Relief Intensive Dry Skin Rescue, £16.20.

Originally developed to treat eczema and dermatitis, this silky cream is all-natural – it's made from organic manuka honey, aloe vera, calendula and licorice root – and so can be used safely on bumps and babies to soothe and repair skin.
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Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm, £19.80, pommadedivine.com

This gorgeously decadent balm for soothing scratches, burns, scars and itchy skin has an impressive story: created by the Royal Family’s chemist more than 200 years ago, it was used by Queen Victoria. It’s a celeb fave too: Sienna Miller says she uses it on her toddler daughter. With refined shea butter, it instantly soothes and softens.
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Silgel, £35.99

Not cheap, but there's a reason why Silgel has long been favoured by surgeons for healing and fading scar tissue. Now available for consumers, this cooling silicone gel is completely safe for C-section or keloid scars, or any red, sensitive skin damage.
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Thalgo Stretch Mark Cream, £27.

Lovely Thalgo uses marine collagen to improve suppleness and natural elasticity, vital for any skin that's doing a lot of stretching (hello bump!). Spend a few minutes massaging in this luxurious cream and you'll see results.
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Cussons Mum & Me Stretch Mark Cream, £9.99, mumandme.com

We love the Mum & Me range, and this stretch mark cream is soft and soothing to post-baby skin. Made with Tamanu oil and lupin seed extract, this feels luxurious without the big price tag.
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