Best baby bump moisturisers for stretch marks and pigmentation
Best baby bump moisturisers for stretch marks and pigmentation – whether it’s oils or thick creams, I’ve tried and tested them for you.
So let’s talk stretch marks. It’s a total by-product of pregnancy, and while I haven’t got any (yet), it’s something that I’m trying to prevent with military action. I’ve been using a myriad of products (not all at once, mind). Therefore I like to think I’m something of an authority on baby bump moisturisers.
So whether it’s creams, oils or balms, all the products detailed have been tried and tested by moi. And while their effectiveness really is proven after the little bundle of joy arrives, I can vouch for their skin-softening properties, as well as their ease of application.
Of course, it has to be said that, like wrinkle creams, stretch mark creams aren’t an exact science. So if you’re lucky enough not to have any stretch marks post-baby, you may not have got them anyway, whether you use stretch mark cream or not.
That said, I’m not taking that chance and leaving it to luck, and I don’t know a single pregnant lady or mum that didn’t slather on lotions and potions either.
So below is a curation of what I’ve been using over the last few months, with the pros and cons of each.
Colief’s Mum to Be Moisturising Cream
Any seasoned mums out there may have heard of Colief’s Infant Drops, but did you know that they also do a moisturising cream? I was sent Colief’s Mum To Be for review. It is a rich cream specifically made for bumps, thighs and bums, i.e. the areas which are most prone to stretch marks later.
It packs a super moisturising punch, which isn’t surprising given its ingredients. The rich cream contains almond oil, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, avocado oil and grape seed oil. As a bonus it smells lush too.
Another plus is that despite its richness, Colief’s Mum to be cream sinks into the skin quicker than an oil, which is ideal for the mornings.
The only downside? Colief is recommended for bumps and lumps, so you’d probably want to use a separate moisturiser for your arms and legs. Plus it’s recommended to use several times a day for best results, which I do struggle to keep up with. However, this is optimal recommended use, you could use less and still feel smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Colief’s Mum to Be Moisturising Cream retails at around £12.95 and can be bought from Amazon.
Nelson’s Arnicare Bath and Massage Balm
I was introduced to Nelson waaaaay back when I started blogging (you can read my first article on them here). They’re known for skincare which has medicinal properties. While their Bath and Massage Balm isn’t specifically for use for stretch marks and baby bumps, I’ve found it to be a great oil.
The multi-purpose balm (it’s actually an oil) is suitable for use in the bath, for massage and as a body moisturiser. Hubby, who suffered a shoulder strain, has found it to be a good muscle relaxant. I meanwhile, have been using the balm liberally on my belly. I love the lavender fragrance which makes it slightly therapeutic. Plus it also has sweet almond oil and evening primrose oil, two bump-friendly ingredients.
The downside? Well I haven’t found any. But if I had to pick on something, you may find that the lavender smell is a bit strong if you’re sensitive. Also, being an oil, it takes a little longer to absorb than a cream.
Nelson’s Arnicare Bath and massage balm is £11.57 and can be bought from Amazon.
Kneipp Grape Seed Oil Intensive Cream
Now I’ve been using the Kneipp body oil. In fact I have just finished it, which is testimony itself. And the Kneipp Cream is pretty damn good too. With the same lush grape smell, it includes sandalwood and vitamin E among its key ingredients. As it promises firm and smooth skin, it’s a good shout for bump.
The downside? I couldn’t really find one. Though perhaps it doesn’t have the same long-lasting skin softening magic as the oil.
Kneipp Grape Seed Oil is £9.95 at Amazon.
Tropika Mum’s Spa Coconut Tummy Butter
A relatively new addition to my skincare arsenal, I was introduced to Tropika at a recent Christmas in July event. The Mum’s Spa Butter is specially formulated for pregnant ladies and new mums. The all-natural ingredients include coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, plus a zing of tea tree oil. Having tried mum to be a few times, I find it to be thick, luxurious and moisturising. It’s definitely more heavy duty than your average moisturiser, without leaving you clogged.
With ingredients farmed in Malaysia where Tropika supports the local communities, there’s also a real feel-good backstory to the brand.
If I had to find a downside, it would only be that the butter is used for tummies, so you’d ideally need another moisturiser for the rest of your body. But if it keeps stretch marks at bay, it’s an extra effort worth making.
Tropika Mum’s Spa Coconut Tummy Butter can be purchased for £13.99 from www.tropika.co.uk.
The Beauty Kitchen Inspire Me Body Oil
Another oil for stretch marks and cellulite, The Beauty Kitchen’s Inspire me is one of the lighter oils I’ve tried. With a pipette dispenser, a little goes a long way, and the oil glides on effortlessly. This makes it an ideal morning moisturiser. Inspire Me also contains 100% pure essential oils such as jojoba and evening primrose oil. It also has a drop of lemongrass which really comes through, leaving you slightly perfumed.
The downside? Oil aficionados may find it too light compared to the likes of coconut and olive oil.
The Beauty Kitchen’s Inspire Me Oil is available from Holland and Barrett for £14.99 (currently on sale for half price at £7.49.
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion
I’ve been using Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion on and off. While it doesn’t have the same intense moisturising as the legendary Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, it’s great for use on the days when it’s just too darn warm to slather on a thick cream. It’s also great for the mornings, when you just don’t have ten minutes to let body oil absorb before you get dressed.
The downside? It might be a little too light for your growing bump’s needs.
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion is £5.25 from Amazon.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Now at this point I feel I have to stress that I don’t have shares in coconut oil. Yes, I rave about it a LOT, but it’s brilliant. Totally natural. Brilliantly moisturising. Multi-purpose (I share the many uses here). Coconut oil is the wonder skincare. My only advice is go for the Organic Extra Virgin version. The cheaper synthetic versions don’t even smell of coconut, so I’m never quite sure what’s in it.
The only downside? It pains me to find fault… but I guess it would be the oily factor in the morning. Coconut oil isn’t the most rush-to-work friendly moisturiser.
I use Perfectly Pure Coconut Oil which is available from Holland and Barrett (currently half price at £7.89).
What are your body moisturisers of choice? Leave a note in the comments section below.
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