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When my best friend found out I was pregnant, she very kindly bought me a gift set from the Cussons "Mum & Me" range. This set included lots of lovely treats which are safe to use in pregnancy, and one of them was this bump stretch mark cream. The cream is designed to boost your skin's elasticity and help prevent stretch marks which are caused by the rapidly expanding skin. For best results, it recommends using it twice daily, and although it has the word "Bump" on the front of the packaging, it does say to apply it anywhere that's prone to getting stretch marks.
The cream comes in a tub similar to the type of tub body butters come in. The consistency isn't as thick as body butter, however, and is a little thinner, yet thicker than body lotion. A little goes a long way so you don't need to apply too much at once, just a quick swipe across the top with your fingers is enough to pick up as much product as you should need. It feels really luxurious applying this to the belly area, and regardless of whether it helps with stretch marks, it stops my tummy being dry and itchy which can sometimes happen as the skin changes during pregnancy. It smells absolutely gorgeous, smelling slightly of almonds but very sweet.
I have read somewhere that if you're prone to getting stretch marks, no wonder creams or potions will prevent this from happening. Yet, Cussons claim that this cream is "clinically proven" as it contains Tamanu Oil (I'm sure I'm not alone in not knowing what that is), Almond Oil (aah, that's where the almond smell comes from), and Lupin Seed extract (what?). So far, I haven't had any sign of stretch marks appearing, but I'm not sure how soon they would appear so it may be that they rear their head later in my pregnancy. This cream is doing a good job of moisturising my stomach area, and by using it twice a day as recommended, I like to think I'm doing the best I can to avoid getting stretch marks. I haven't used it anywhere else yet, but after reading somewhere earlier that breasts are also prone to stretch marks, I think I might start using it on those too!
I've been using this cream for about six weeks, and the skin on my stomach is lovely and smooth and feels moisturised as opposed to being dry and itchy which I've heard can happen if you don't look after your bump. It should last me ages too, as a little goes a long way so I've still got loads left. Now my bump is showing properly, my husband likes to apply this in the evening sometimes, as a way of bonding with the baby. I think this is really nice because people often forget the man when it comes to pregnancy and babies.
This is a really luxurious feeling cream, and I'm sure time will tell whether it fully does the job or not. However, I will continue to use it because so far, it has been very good for my bump, I have had no stretch marks so far, and it's a lovely way of bonding with the baby before it arrives. At full price it costs £9.99, but I have seen it on offer in a few places, including Boots where it currently costs £4.99.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)