“ Brand: Clinique / Type: Face Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I used Clinique CX Stretch Mark Cream after the birth of my third child (who is now two years old) because pregnancy had really taken it's toll on my abdomen. I wasn't expecting miracles wherein I would used the cream and my stomach would return to its pre-pregancy state of 10 years before....but I did buy into the idea that it may help fade some of the stretch marks and leave me with the option at least of wearing a bikini again at some point in the future. This cream was recommended by a beautician who said she had used the cream herself with good effects.
I cannot remember exactly how much I paid for the tube of cream - but it was expensive and somewhere in the region of about £80. However, I have looked on Amazon today, and you can get hold of it for around half the price now and so its become a little more reasonable. However, when I looked ont he Clinique website, I can no longer see that this is part of their range and so I don't know how much longer it will be available for purchase.
The Clinique CX Stretch Mark Cream comes in a plastic tube with a screw cap. There is nothing about the packaging about this product that stands out as, like the rest of the Clinique range, the packaging is plain and simple without any gizmos to make it stand out on the shelf. Clinique is a very well known and respected brand and so it must simply rely on its reputation to sell its products - and it obviously works. The tube comes in a box with a leaflet which contains the product instructions and ingredients - as standard.
This instruction leaflet explained that the way this product works is to reduce the visibility of stretch marks by increasing collagen and elastin production so that the body is essentially repairing itself. It claimed also to hydrate to improve overall skin health, but also to smooth out the skin and leave it looking and feeling better. The ingredients included collagen, acetyl hexampeptide-2 and palmitoyl oligopeptide, shea butter, muru muru butter and linoleic acid. Together, it was claimed that these ingredients boost collagen and elastin production and hydrate the skin. It also suggests that you need to use this product once a day for at least 4 weeks in order to see any improvement - and so this is what I did.
Applying the cream was exactly the same as applying a moisturising lotion. The cream was fairly thick, but spread easily over my stomach and was absorbed within a few minutes of application. I found that one tube lasted me a month, but then if you are using this over more areas then this isn't going to last as long......and this is where it would get really expensive! The cream isn't perfumed which is good for me because I have sensitive skin and I find that perfumed products are more likely to bring me out in a rash and make me really uncomfortable.
The hydration effects of this cream were evident from the first time that I used it.....but this would be the case with any good moisturiser. I used this product for two months and, I have to say, the results on my stretch marks was pretty minimal really. I think there was a very slight improvement where the stretch marks became flatter and maybe even a little lighter - but I think this may have been improved my moisturising alone as I have used moisturisers over the past few years and there has been a gradual improvement in this regard. However, as far as shrinking the size of them, I really don't think there was any marked effect at all. My skin looks a little smoother, but the stretch marks are still there in the same size and quantity as they were before. Certainly, after dishing out close to £150, I would have expected better results than this. I have heard some say that it is useful in preventing stretch marks if used from early pregnancy, but this is a little like locking the stable door after the horse has bolted!
I wouldn't recommend using this cream......it's just too expensive and the results don't seem to be any better than that achieved from using a basic moisuriser. Save your money!