This review is specially for all the to-be moms out there. My sis-in-law had this tube from her pregnancy around an year back from mine and I was passed it on when my time came (It was within its expiration window and she barely used this one). So I can say for sure that it accidentally fell on my way and well, it was no joke. Thanks to this, I don't have even a single stretch mark on my body. This particular cream is one I highly and sincerely recommended to whoever I could.
So let's begin with the details!!
It's ingredients, product description and what it claims (as per the box) is noted below, so in case you dont want to go through this you can directly jump to the next section, 'My Experience'.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks helps improve the appearance of stretch marks with a unique blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Bio C-Elastin. Collagen, and Elatin, This rich cream concentrate helps improve elasticity and suppleness of stretching skin during and after pregnancy.
From the Manufacturer
Palmer's stretch mark cream helps prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss. The cream is made from 100% pure cocoa butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen and Elastin. It hydrates the skin; helping your skin to maintain its natural elasticity and helping to pre- vent the tears which appear as stretch marks. This dermatological tested cream can also help to relieve the dryness associated with stretched skin due to pregnancy.
Contains Pure Cocoa Butter, Collagen, Elastin, Vitamin E, and now with Shea Butter and our exclusive Bio C-Elaste.
Non-greasy cream concentrate for tummy, hips, thighs and bust lubricates the skin to help it retain its natural moisture and elasticity.
Bio C-Elaste contains a special blend of proactive stretch mark fighting ingredients that include: Collagen, Elastin, Centella Asiatica, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and a proven elastase inhibitor.
Helps reduce appearance of stretch marks and support skin elasticity.
Convenient tube relieves dryness from stressed skin.
Hypoallergenic- Paraben-Free – Phthalate-Free and Dermatologist Tested.
It has a nice creamy texture to it and the fragrance is mild as well. I used it twice to thrice a day depending on the dryness / itchiness. I took a small amount of the cream and slightly massaged it in circular motions till it blend completely. I started using it from 5th month onwards (could've started earlier as well, but well, you're never too late). It provided instant relief and hydration. I continued to use it for over 40 days post delivery (as it is said that it is then your tummy takes back its shape and you're prone to having stretch marks as much).
Comparisons with other anti-stretch marks products?
Mustard Oil is something that my mom suggested, I liked it but well its no competition to the cream I am talking about. Next I used bio-oil for around a month. I found bio-oil more expensive as it finished soon. It could have been my fault too but once I started using Palmers anti stretch marks cream, nothing else felt better. Also I've heard about Mothercare's Anti Stretch Marks cream to be as effective but during my pregnancy it was not available any where, so I have no idea about it.
Why would I recommend it?
Stretch Marks in itself is a sensitive topic. I've read about women who are proud of them, who are not ashamed of them and well some even dared to flaunt them. The thing is no one wants to have these marks by choice but it's part and parcel of being a mother. As much as I supported these women, I wanted to give not-having-to-have-them a try. Initially it was about relieving the itch/dryness but later it just became a habit. I can't guarantee that it will work for you, but I feel that if it didn't then nothing else will. I'm glad I came across it and I'll be even more glad if it helps you.
The DelhiBahu most definitely recommends it!!
PS: I have reviewed it particularly for pregnancy related stretch marks, though the cream can be used for stretch marks due to weight loss/gain as well.