“ Brand: Boots / Hydrating / Type: Body Lotion / Subcategory: Oil / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Boots Expert / What it does: Moisturizes „
I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby but I know for a fact I am prone to stretch marks as I have them on my legs and hips. I went into Boots to look for Bio Oil as I had heard that they were good for reducing/preventing the appearance of stretch marks. However, I saw the price for a little bottle and nearly fainted! I decided to try the Boots version as it is only oil after all! At a fraction of the price and for a much bigger bottle with a nifty pump nozzle I was quite impressed. The oil itself doesn't have any smell to it really which is great because to be honest, things like Palmers etc tend to turn my stomach with the smell after a while (think that's down to the pregnancy though!). You only need to use a little bit and it spreads a long way. So far I have noticed my existing stretchmarks have lightened in colour but more to the point I haven't got any marks on my tum yet! I will keep using and see if this changes or not and will re-review at the end of my pregnancy but so far so good! For the price and the amount you get I think it's great. A lot of people say if you are prone to stretchmarks you will get them anyway, but I've managed to avoid them up until now and I have quite a big bump already! Fingers crossed it works the same for others!
I am sixteen weeks pregnant with my first baby and when I was about twelve weeks I started to notice a couple of small stretch marks appearing on my belly. I was horrified as they are not pretty and it is the first time in my life I have ever had them. I decided to go to Boots the next day and buy a product to help out.
When I got to Boots, I looked through the products on offer and decided upon buying Boots expert stretch mark oil which came in a white cardboard box with bright orange writing on the front. The cost was £5.10 which I thought was quite reasonable as there were a lot of more expensive products that were similar.
The packaging wasnt very exciting but I think the fact that I had a coupon to save £2 off the oil was the reason I finally decided to get it. If you join the Boots parenting club, they will send you vouchers, this being one of them. For the grand total of £3.10, I thought it was too good a bargain to pass up and at least worth the try.
Boots say this product is fragrance free and is suitable for three months of pregnancy onwards. When I opened the box, I was surprised that the bottle seemed to be a lot smaller than I was expecting which was a bit disappointing. I was a bit dubious about using an oily product as in the past other oil based items have made my skin feel quite dirty and really greasy so I was hoping this one wouldnt be. The bottle has a pump at the top and to use i just pressed it a couple of times and held it over my belly. The oil came out quite quickly and was surprisingly warm and not cold and uncomfortable like I was expecting it to be.
The oil slid down my belly really quickly so I had to be fast to rub it in so it wouldnt run down my legs. The oil was quite slippery and I didnt notice much of a colour to it when I was using it. It was a nice feeling massaging it into my belly but I didnt like how it took a while to absorb into my skin. It left my skin feeling quite greasy which I didnt like. Also, anytime I used it after a shower, it made me feel quite dirty like I hadnt showered at all which was a bit disappointing.
After about twenty minutes of sitting on my skin, my skin did feel a lot softer but I didnt like how it sat in lines in the grooves of my skin which didnt absorb until I found them later and massaged it in for a while. I didnt really notice much of a smell of the oil. I think the bottle would last a few months as I have been using it twice a day for about four weeks now and there is still loads of it left so a little really does seem to go a long way.
With regards to what it does to stretch marks I was really disappointed. The couple of stretch marks that I got before I started using it are still there and look exactly the same. Not only that but I have developed more stretch more and the oil does not appear to have made any difference to either the ones I already had or to stop me developing more. I was very disappointed with this product and am unsure if I should either use the rest of the bottle up and then switch to another product or just use another product instead and hope that it works.
As I have said, I have been using this product for around four weeks but maybe with longer use, it may actually work. So far, I have not seen much about it that has impressed me and it makes me think that maybe it is more beneficial investing in something more expensive which gets results.
The next product I will buy will probably be a cream as oil based products like this arent really for me and I dont like how they leave my skin feeling dirty and greasy. This product was a good price but I would not buy it again as it was just not good enough and didnt live up to its claims.
Boots Expert Stretch Mark Oil
As I had ran out of Bio-oil and any samples of stretch mark cream I thought I'd better get myself someone oil to help prevent stretch marks. As I only have less than 7 weeks left before my baby is due I didn't want to spend a fortune on lotions and potions for stretch marks. So I visited Boots to look for the best value I could get and found this product.
**WHAT IS IT**
It is an oil that Boots produces specifically for stretch marks. It comes in the form of an oil and should help minimise the appearance of stretch marks. This particular oil is suitable for use from your third month of pregnancy onwards. It is a non-greasy formula that is fragrance free. As its dermatologically tested it should be kind to your skin.
The bottle of oil comes in a cardboard box. This packaging is very simple as the box s white and has the Boots logo on it in a shiny foil like dark blue colour.
It tells you that it is stretch mark oil in bold orange writing so you defiantly can see it clearly. There is a picture on the front of a naked pregnant lady (you can't see her face) and her hands are covering her private parts. It sounds rude but the picture isn't really I think its supposed to give the product a more natural look. The back of the cardboard box gives you detailed information on the product in orange writing.
Inside there is a long circular bottle, which is white with, labels on it. The labels are exactly the same as the information and picture on the cardboard box. The bottle is made out of plastic and is strong and durable. It has a clear lid and a spray pump that the oil comes out of (this is different from other oils I have used).
Vitis vinifera seed oil, Isononyl isononanoate, Simmondsia chinensis oil, Triticum vulgare germ oil, Prunus persica kernel oil, Tocopheryl acetate
This may be useful if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
To use you spray the pump and the oil will come out straight away. When you first start using this product you should hopefully only need to spray once as you do get a generous amount each time. However as you pregnancy progresses and your stomach gets large I find myself having to spray two or three times as I have a larger area to cover. You can spray the oil onto your hands and massage in or directly onto your stomach whichever you prefer is best.
You are advised to use this oil twice a day (I tend to put it on first thing in the morning and last thing at night). The areas that Boots recommend you massage the oil into are your stomach, thighs, waist and breasts. Any area that your skin feels tight or stretched is really what I go by.
Some people find that using this oil causes itchiness this however can be a thing that you will experience during pregnancy. I have had this happen to me it was mild though and never really posed a problem. So if the itchiness is severe or persists then stop using this product.
The oil is yellow/orange in colour and feels like an oil (which you would expect, as it is an oil) but it does absorb reasonably quickly. Sometimes I do have to wash my hands after use.
I find this oil glides over your skin very well and absorbs reasonably quickly. It isn't overly greasy however like all of the oils I have used there is a slight stickiness to your skin for a short period of time.
I find that the oil helps my skin feel less tight and does make it feel softer. My skin feels in better condition after I have used it. Like all creams or oils it will not totally prevent stretch marks completely (no matter how much you want them to) but it can help you have less stretch marks or even help them not look just as bad as they could have been.
So far I have a few stretch marks and this oil is helping the look of them (however this is a slow process and only really helps the colour of them).
If you are pregnant and are working on a budget I would recommend this oil. It costs £4.99 from Boots for a 150ml bottle, which is a lot cheaper than Bio-oil.
I did notice that the Bio-oil does have more ingredients and feel it fades the scars/stretch marks quicker than this product.
This product does help with the prevention of them and in my opinion needs to be used daily to get result.
The only downside I have is that you can not control the amount that comes out of the bottle as the pump decides for you. Once you are running out you can screw the pump and top the oil out id needed so there is less wastage. If I run out before my baby is born I would buy this product again as it does what it claims to do and is satisfactory value for money.
I wouldn't use it to reduce the appearance of stretch marks but would use it to help prevent them. If you have the extra money then the Bio-oil probably is a better product to be using