For many women, stretch marks are part and parcel of being pregnant. As your body gets ready for your new arrival, stretch marks can appear anywhere on your body, from your bump to your boobs. We’ve got a helpful guide on what causes stretch marks and how to prevent them here.
Although removing stretch marks can be difficult, using a good stretch mark cream during your pregnancy can help prevent too many from appearing. What’s more, if you continue using these after pregnancy, they can help your skin repair and heal.
There are plenty of stretch mark oils and creams out there, but if you find beauty oils far to messy, here are our top stretch mark cream picks.
Remescar Silicone Scar Cream, £18.59, Amazon
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.
Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream, £12.49, Amazon
For those of us who don’t like strong scented products, this is perfect. Coming in an easy to use bottle, it boosts skins elasticity and increases softness. Our mums love the nozzle dispenser, which actually works! To read further reviews of this product, head to our shopping section here!
Trofolastin Anti-Stretch Mark Moisturising Cream, from £20.46, Amazon
Studies show daily use of this cream, containing centella, prevents and reduces the appearance of stretch marks.
CeraVe Intensive Stretch Marks Cream, from £13.99, Amazon
Developed by dermatologists, the hyaluronic acid helps this clever hypoallergenic cream reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, £32.00, Amazon
Ignore the hefty price tag and trust the science with this one. The Mederma Stretch Mark cream is 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.
Aleva Naturals Stretch Mark Cream, £17.82, Amazon
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.
Thalgo Stretch Mark Cream, £35.30, Amazon
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.
The best stretch mark creams for under £10
Because sometimes, the best beauty products don't cost the earth (hello, Sudocrem face mask!) For those on a new-baby budget, here are our favourite stretch mark creams that will cost you less than a tenner. You can thank us later!
Re-Gen Cream, £5.47, Amazon
A fraction of the price of some of the other creams on this list, your skin will get a real glow from this vitamin-packed moisturiser and its clever work on those silvery stretch marks and red scars.
Aveeno Moisturising Cream, from £9.79, Amazon
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.
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. The best part? It’s been shortlisted for a Mother & Baby award TWICE, so you know you can trust it! You can read more about what our mums thought of this product here.
Palmer's Tummy Butter, £4.49, Amazon
Shortlisted in our Mother&Baby, real mum awards last year, Palmer’s Coco Butter is a brand you’ve known and loved for years, and now they have a special stretch mark product too. It smells delicious and will leave your skin feeling wonderfully moisturised, although you might struggle to find the time for the three applications it suggests on the packaging!
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, £9.33, Amazon
An all-round best seller, this extra-rich body butter is a great way to nourish your skin at a time when it needs it most. Free from preservatives and colourings, you can rest assured this is one brand that really cares about your skin.
The best stretch mark creams for C-Sections
If you've had to have a C-Section, whether planned or not, reducing the appearance of your scar can be another beauty problem to add to your list. Luckily, there are plenty of stretch mark creams out there to help with this too.
Science of Skin, Solution for Stretch Marks, £39.99, Scienceofskin.com
Developed by a team of scarring experts, you might flinch at the price tag, but rest assured, this has been carefully developed taking the very best from science and nature. A great product if you’ve had a c-section, the cream contains a naturally active green tea extract that is said to shrink scars by 40%.
Silgel, £35.99, Amazon
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.