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I had to have major surgery several years ago. I came across this in my local chemist and thought I would give it ago.
I absolutely love it I use it morning and night all over.
I have a scar on my tummy which didn't heal well after surgery since using this cream the marks have gone down loads and are hardly visible.
I suffer from dry skin on my face and I use this on my face and it works every time. It has a lovely smell to it. Only disadvantage I can think of is it does leave your skin a little greasy.
This cream is very cheap and lasts a long time. Great product at a great price. I would defiantly recommend it to anyone that suffers from scars. Stretch marks or dry skin. Or if you just want a nice cheap smelling cream this is the one to buy.
Ever since I found out I was pregnant with my little bundle of joy I was adamant I was not going to get stretch marks not because I think they are something to be ashamed of, but because I wanted to see if any of the products actually do what they claim to. The week I found out, I made a mad dash to the shops to buy any stretch mark cream or oil I could get my hands on, a bottle of Palmers cocoa butter stretch mark cream was included in the mountain of creams, lotions and oils that I returned with.
The Palmers cocoa butter cream comes nicely packaged in a 250ml pump dispenser bottle, although it has a very plain and simple design it is still appealing to their target consumers. The front of the bottle depicts an outline of a pregnant woman along with the brand name, some of the contents and a basic one line summary of what the product claims to do. The back of the bottle explains in more detail the aims of the cream, the key ingredients (the good ones are in a bolder font), and also how to use the product. The product claims to reduce the appearance of stretch marks with their special blend of ingredients. These ingredients include cocoa butter, vitamin E, shea butter and Bio C-Elaste(trademarked). Bio C-Elasteis a blend of collagen, elastin, centella asiatica, sweet almond oil and argan oil. It is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologist tested.
Personally I found the product easy to use, the pump action can be operated one handed so that's pretty much a no brainer, and also the quick drying time is perfect for the modern day lifestyle of the working woman. The consistency of the cream is moderately thick but not enough to clogg pores or make you feel weighed down. My description of the smell that eminates from this bottle will not do it justice, its a mixture of chocolately butter and other smells I can't describe properly. The only way I can describe the smell that comes out of this bottle is absolutely heavenly, it smells like the makers have trapped an endless supply of everything nice in the world into each of the bottles. The cream leaves my skin feeling so soft and silky smooth and of course it makes me smell like a little piece of heaven (they should put that on their bottles I would believe them)!
Despite this product being specifically aimed at pregnant women it does also state that it's suitable for anyone with stretch marks associated with weight gain.
Personally I haven't seen much difference with regards to stretch marks, they haven't stopped them from appearing whether they have reduced their appearance only time will tell. I've always been told if you are set to get stretch marks, no amount of creams, oils or lotions will stop them. I would recommend this product to everyone for the smell and soft skin but not necessarily for the what it claims, not at this point in time anyway.
I have recently started using Palmer's lotion to help reduce the appearance of my newly arrived stretch marks.
I've been using the lotion that is mainly aimed at pregnant woman, however I'm not pregnant! I started my office job roughly a year ago, I went from walking to and from college daily and generally keeping quite active, to getting a lift to and from work (not walking distance) and sitting on my butt all day, this has obviously had a bit of an affect on my body as I'm not burning any calories.
Although my stretch marks are small and not visible to anyone on a daily basis, they make me very uncomfortable, hence why I started using Palmer's. I have also tried 'Bio Oil' which I found was too greasy and didn't have a nice as feel as the Palmer's did.
Palmer's is a really smooth, nourishing lotion that not only helps reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, it also makes your skin feel beautiful! Some of the creams and lotions that help with your stretch marks can tend to be quite horrible smelling, but not Palmer's as it is made with Cocoa and smells divine.
On the downside it can be quite expensive I think I paid roughly £4-5 for a big pot, and was rather apprehensive as to whether it would work or not, but luckily it did and it's really helped the appearance of my now fading stretch marks.
I bought this stretch mark cream when my second son was born and as I had a lot of stretch marks on the backs of my legs after my pregnancy. I didn't use anything apart from a normal moisturiser during my pregnancy with my second son and I used bio oil with my first son.
After my first son was born I had a few stretch marks on the backs of my legs but didn't like bio oil (which I was using at the time but that's for another review ) so didn't use it as much as I could of done. With my second son I was brave and thought I could "get away" with just using a day to day moisturiser but it turns out I couldn't. After he was born I noticed stretch marks down to the backs of my knees so I popped to boots and found myself leaving with plamers coco butter stretch mark cream. I've never been a fan of coco butter as I find it to be quite thick and heavy so was I quite sceptical but this was totally different.
When he was about 2 weeks old I starting putting it on every night before bed and I noticed a difference in just a few weeks. By the time I had been using it for about 9 months they had almost gone completely (as much as they will fade anyway). Maybe it was the cream or maybe just time helped them fade but either way I was very happy.
I'm now expecting baby no.3 and have again been using this cream. It smells so lush and is very easy to apply. It doesn't leave a sticky residue and my skin always feels great afterwards, I have very sensitive skin too and haven't had any problems with itching or dryness which a lot of creams cause for me.
So far (I'm 25 weeks) I've only noticed the 1 stretch mark and I put it down to using this. It may be a little pricey at £5.30 ish a go but is often on offer at boots but it really is worth it. I've only used 1 bottle during this pregnancy and I can see it lasting me another good few weeks. It's very easy to get out of the bottle too as it comes with a pump lid so a few pushes on that and away you go.
All in all a great cream that I believe really does help reduce the look of stretch marks and the added bonus that it smells great and leaves your skin feeling lovely.
I have recently suffered with stretch marks on my stomach, hips, inner thighs and under arms due to growth and a change in weight. I brought this cream as it is known to help skins elasticity and to reduce the appearance of marks in your skin hence why many ladies use it during their pregnancy. I have been using the cream for about 3 weeks now and my skin definatley feels alot firmer and looks smoother - the marks dont look as deep and purple anymore they are starting to fade and look more silvery which is better than before! I like the smell of the cream its sweet but not over powering or sickly like some cocoa butters can be! The texture of the cream is nice also not to thick but not watery either, its a good consitency for easy application for the whole of your body. I use this cream after every shower and have found it best to apply when your skin is still damp.
When I was pregnant, I ended up with stretch marks - they weren't just limited to my expanding tummy, I also had a few on my legs too. In one of the free bounty pregnancy/new mum packs (I don't remember which one) was a sample bottle of Palmers cocoa butter formula lotion, specifically designed for stretch marks. I'd used other types of Palmers creams before and had always had a good experience with them when I remembered to use them!
The bottle I had was a 50ml sample and I obviously got it for nothing, but the cream retails in Boots at £5.39 for a 250ml bottle. There are many items in the Palmers cocoa butter range although unfortunately this one isn't designed with my skin type in mind. The cream states that it contains vitamin E, collagen, elastin and shea butter to help improve the appearance of stretch marks and is designed for use all over the body. The bottle I have is a screw top bottle but I think the full sized bottles usually come with a flip lid or sometimes a pump. The bottles are white so it's impossible to see where you're up to with it.
The scent of the cream is the first thing that I wasn't drawn to - it's a similar scent as you get with E45 cream if you've ever used that, although I would probably say this one is worse. To me it's not a very pleasant smell. It's by no means disgusting, don't get me wrong, but to me it just smells a bit too clinical and reminds me of an antiseptic smell you'd get in a hospital - it's really off putting before using it and it automatically set me off on the wrong foot with the product as it's the first thing I noticed. The worst thing about the scent is that it lingers once applied - this is usually something I want but with this cream, I think it would be better if the scent disappeared fast! It was a surprise as their other products have always smelled so lovely before!
The cream itself is white in colour and a small dollop from my bottle was enough to cover quite a large area so my sample bottle lasted me around 4 weeks. It rubs in fairly quickly and doesn't feel sticky on the skin, although I remember it did feel quite oily when first applied until it had soaked in completely. I only started to use it a while after having my daughter (stretch marks were the last thing on my mind when I had to give birth and then have sleepless nights!). I assume as with a lot of things, prevention is better than cure, but I found that the cream did lighten my marks even using it a few months after they started to first appear. They are still visible but they have faded and are definitely not as red as they were. Whether this can be put down to this cream entirely I don't know -the stretch marks may have faded with time anyway but I assume it gave them a helping hand.
Readers of my other reviews may remember that I have sensitive skin - this cream didn't do it any favours. The bottle did state to test it on a small area before use and to be fair, I did try it out on my hand first, not because of their advice, more because I wanted to see how well it rubbed in before applying on a bigger area but I never noticed any sort of issue with it then. I used it for a few days quite often (at least three times per day) and then noticed a small rash in the places that it had been applied over that period. It wasn't itchy as such, but felt annoying on my skin and my skin felt like it was tingling a lot. It settled after 10 minutes or so and after this I stopped using it so much, I dropped to using it just once per day and didn't notice this problem happen again. For this reason, I wouldn't really recommend this cream for use on people with very fair and sensitive skin incase of a similar reaction to mine or if they did use it I would definitely suggest the skin test they advise and only very limited use at first until they know whether it suits their skin type or not. Like I say, I have used other products in the Palmers range before now and I've never had a reaction to any of their other products but there must have been something in this one that didn't quite agree with my skin type unless I just overused it. There are no specific directions on the bottle to say how often to use it though.
I would perhaps recommend this cream for stretchmarks cautiously - mine have faded and I feel that this cream helped a little but I think they would have faded with time anyway, maybe just not so much as they have done. The cream isn't great for sensitive skin either - it's definitely not a cream that I'll be parting money for, the only reason I carried on using it was because it was a freebie. I rate it 2 stars overall unfortunately - I think it's quite pricey, the smell really put me off using it and it didn't agree with my skin type although my marks did look slightly better afterwards.
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As You may know from my little bit of personal information on my profile, I am currently 31 weeks pregnant with my second baby.
My first born is now 4 (5 in a couple of months!) and I have to say I had forgotten the extent of strains and problems pregnancy can cause your body, particularly to someone like me, who seems to be prone to any ailments one can get in pregnancy!
One of the biggest frustrations for me, during and after my first pregnancy, was stretch marks! As I am sure it is for many women out there...you put up with all the niggling things during pregnancy, and the constant discomfort towards then end, because you know you will have something so beautiful at the end of it, but unfortunately, stretch marks are something which leave a lasting impression, long after your 40 week stretch!
I thought I had avoided them during my first pregnancy, until a few months before I was due to give birth, when suddenly I was covered in them on my belly. And they weren't the subtle kind, no, these were bright red, wide and long, I thought I looked like I had been attacked by a tiger! My dad so kindly told me my stomach looked like raspberry ripple ice cream!
Anyway, after trying various products which claimed to improve the appearance of stretch marks, and after a 4 year gap of trying to keep my figure tight, I was pleased to see that those unsightly marks became barely noticeable!
So when I got pregnant this time around I was determined to keep my stretch marks down to those I had already attained the first time around. I found the infamous bio-oil had really helped improve the appearance of my first time stretch marks, post pregnancy, but I had used it during my first pregnancy, and it certainly hadn't prevented them! I also found the smell very off putting and found it did make my skin very itchy, especially when I first applied it. And with its hefty price tag, for such a small bottle, I wanted to give something else a whirl this time around.
I came across Palmers cocoa butter formula massage lotion for stretch marks, in the the supermarket one day while doing my weekly shop, early on in the pregnancy. I was on a reduced offer, and not costing much even at full price, let alone offer price, I thought I would dive it a whirl!
I was aware of this product before buying it, there were adverts for it plastered all over the baby magazines and many people had spoken of it in my first pregnancy. But I had heard in the past that it didn't do the best job and that it wasn't worth using, so I never even bothered trying it the first time around.
And I have to say I am very disappointed that I didn't give it a go before, I have found it to be an absolute wonder cream!
I am someone who starts showing in pregnancy the minute I do a pregnancy test, so I was already fairly big when I started using this, and believe me I have certainly stretched some since! But I am pleased to say that as yet I haven't got any new stretch marks at all, and the ones which were already there are still faint silver in colour, so not too noticeable, bar being stretched a little more into view.
I found this cream felt far denser than the oils I had previously used, which I actually liked, as I really felt I was applying plenty of extra moisture into my skin. And with the elastin and collagen added in this product, I have really felt my skin remain supple this time around, even when stretched to the limit!
I do still have a couple of months left to go and I will be making sure I apply even more of this product every day to keep those extra stretch marks at bay!
The only downside of this product is the smell isn't that great, but it doesn't linger on for ages, depending how much you apply.
For the very small price tag on this product, and the fact I have found it to work wonders for me, I would certainly recommend it to anyone, to at least give it a go.
This product is £5.49 at Boots and is currently part of a buy one get one half price on Palmers products offer.It will also earn you 20 advantage points.
I have always been quite un-confident about my body and the way I look and when I became pregnant I was worried that I would suddenly be covered in stretch marks. Because of this I searched high and low for a cream that might prevent it! Then a friend who had already had a baby suggested Palmers Cocoa Butter.
I found it in Bodycare and was glad to see it was cheaper then in some of the other shops, although it was still rather expensive at over £4!
The bottle had a pump to pump out the lotion which is nice and easy to use. The cream is white in colour and feels thick for some reason this made me believe more that the cream would work. It had a nice smell to it, almost like faint honey. It rubs into your skin really well and leaves it feeling really soft and not greasy or sticky which was great.
The only thing is that as the cream is quite thick and absorbs quite well into your skin I didn't find the cream went that far. Because of this I didn't use it al over my body and instead did it on the areas more prone to stretch marks my stomach and legs.
I used this cream most days throughout my pregnancy and I am pleased to say I never got one stretch mark! I'm not sure if this was because of the cream or if I was just lucky. However I have since had my second child and used it again though that pregnancy and again I got no stretch marks.
For me I think this cream was fantastic, I would use it for everyday however how much it costs I can not justify it and so I think I'll just stick to it if we ever have a third child! However for those who are pregnant I would recommend it as not only did it seem to stop me getting stretch marks but I love how soft my skin was left feeling after I used it.
I love palmers cocoa butter, and when I saw they had a stretch mark cream I just had to try it, technically I shouldn't have stretch marks, I haven't had children, I have never lost weight rapidly or gained weight rapidly, but when I was a teenager I grew pretty fast and I ended up with stretch marks. These stretch marks have always bothered me and I have tried a lot to hide them.
This lotion is made from pure cocoa butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks hydrates the skin; this helps the epidermis to maintain its natural elasticity and helps to prevent the tears which appear as stretch marks. It is dermatologically tested and can also help to relieve the dryness associated with stretched skin due to pregnancy.
This lotion is not cheap, but as always Superdrug usually has special offers on this cream and that's when I stock up. As with all palmers lotions you get the option of which kind of bottle or tub you want, and as I found with their regular lotion their pump bottle sometimes does decide to not pump anymore so I have been buying the squeeze bottle.
I generally use this every morning after a shower and at night after a bath , I apply all over my body and add a little extra to where i have the strech marks. The cream is of thick consistency but not extra thick like a body butter, its also not to thin like some budget creams, it has the same distinct smell all of all the other palmers lotions and you don't need a lot to cover your whole body.
I used one whole bottle and unfortunately I didn't find it did anything to my stretch marks, it maybe lightened them but this maybe have also been a placebo, due to the fact I wanted them desperately to disappear.
In future I'll stick to their original formula its cheaper and does exactly the same job.
When my Mum was having me my granddad passed on a bit of advise to her in order to avoid stretch marks, he said that if she was to rub lotion into the effected areas everyday she wouldn't suffer with them, she did this everyday for the whole 9 months and never had a single stretch mark at all, now I am expecting my first baby she has in turn passed this advise on to me. I have always been one to use various different moisturisers for my hands, face and body, especially during the winter as I find my skin gets particularly dry however when shopping the other day I noticed that Palmers do a special massage lotion for stretch marks, the last few weeks I had just been using one of my many pots of body lotion I have but decided that as this was designed specifically for this job I would give it a go.
The Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion comes in a tall while plastic bottle, it has a white label stuck on both the front and back of it to give the impression that all of the product information is printed direct onto the plastic. Right at the top of the label is the Palmers logo a bright orange oval with the word "Palmers" written inside it in dark brown, just below this is a large brown rectangle with "Cocoa Butter Formula" written inside it in white. The description of the product is written towards the middle of the bottle and states "Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks". There are various other statements about the lotion written on the front of the bottle including "with Vitamin E, Collagen and Elastine and Shea Butter", "All over body lotion", Dermatologicaly Tested" and "Helps improve appearance of stretch marks". The rest of the bottle is taken up with a pinkish coloured box and the outline of a pregnant woman drawn inside of it, the front of the bottle is quite busy and contains quite a bit of information, although it is all clear to read and follow. The back of the bottle contains more information about the lotion, some of which is a repeat of what is on the front of the bottle but in a bit more detail, it also contains warnings, directions for use and the ingredients, this information is repeated in a couple of other languages. The bottle has a large white pump on the top of it, similar to that on bottles of hand wash, this allows the lotion to be easily dispensed.
The Massage Lotion is white in colour and also of a thick consistency, although not so thick that it is hard to pump out of the bottle, I usually pump it into my hands first and then apply it to my skin, it has a soft creamy feel to it however when rubbed into your skin it does not feel greasy, which I thought it would as it contains Shea Butter and for some reason associated this with being a bit on the greasy side. When rubbed into my skin I can feel a slight stickiness from the cream but this only lasts for a couple of minutes while the lotion soaks in fully and wears off quickly. I expected the lotion to have a slight chocolaty smell to it, I can detect this very faintly but the lotion is not overly perfumed and does not really smell of much, however the fragrance is not unpleasant and I quite like the fact that it is not over powering.
The Palmers Massage Lotion claims to help with the appearance of stretch marks as it contains Cocoa Butter, Vitamin ", Collagen, Elastine and Shea Butter, these ingredients help to moisturise the skin and help it to maintain its elasticity. The lotion is designed to help with dryness associated with pregnancy and also smooths stretch marks due to weight loss.
The back of the bottle states that using circular motions massage the lotion into areas prone to stretch marks morning and evening. Personally I apply the lotion once a day before bed as I'm not sure I would like to apply it and then have to get dressed for work, whilst the lotion is not greasy I don't really like the feel of applying cream to my skin and then putting clothes over the top, this is just my personal preference.
The label suggests that sensitivity is heightened during pregnancy and that your should test a small amount of the cream on the inner arm 48 hours before use, obviously if irritation occurs then discontinue use, it also suggests that if irritation continues then to seek the advise of your doctor. The lotion is dermatological tested, however they still suggest doing a test first. I have to admit I did not do a test before using the Palmers Lotion, I didn't even read the back of the bottle I just used it the night I brought it but if you are in any doubt as to whether you will be sensitive to the product it is sensible to do a test first, luckily I had no reaction to the cream at all.
I brought my Palmers Massage Lotion from Tesco, a 250ml bottle cost me £3.46, I was quite pleased with the price of this product, I thought that it would be quite expensive as it is for a specific purpose, but it actually turned out to be the same sort of price as regular body lotions, Palmers do regular lotions and the one for Stretch Marks was no more expensive compared to these. I find that you do not need a huge amount of lotion at a time making it long lasting and definitely worth the money.
So far I have been pleased with my Palmer Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft without leaving a greasy coating over it, there is a slight stickiness straight after using it but this quickly wears off. The lotion feels creamy on your skin which makes me think it must be doing some good, the fragrance is very delicate and in no way overpowering, personally I cannot really smell it once I have applied the lotion. I think the product is very reasonably priced and that one bottle will last me a long time as you do not need a huge amount at a time. I cannot really comment on the stretch mark part as yet but I am hoping it will be successful if I continue to use it everyday but it certainly is an extremely good body lotion and one I would recommend.
This non greasy all-over-body massage lotion helps prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss. Made from pure cocoa butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks hydrates the skin; helping the epidermis to maintain its natural elasticity and helping to prevent the tears which appear as stretch marks. This dermatologically tested lotion can also help to relieve the dryness associated with stretched skin due to pregnancy.
Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer derived from the cocoa bean. This is the same cocoa bean that brings us chocolate. With Palmer's, you can enjoy the benefits of natural cocoa without the guilt. Palmer's also provides fragrance free versions that have all the benefits of cocoa butter without the scent. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula SPF 15 Body Lotion is perfect to moisturize and protect your skin, everyday, while outside. Another product to consider is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Lip Balm with SPF 15. It moisturizes with all the benefits of cocoa butter and protects from sun exposure with SPF 15. Stretch marks don't just happen overnight. Immediately, you should notice that your skin looks smoother and more moisturized. After a few weeks, skin's tone and texture is improved and marks are softened. In time you'll notice an overall improvement in the appearance of your stretch marks while skin takes on a healthier, firmer look.
You can get this Cocoa butter in pretty much every cosmetic shop, this is in Superdrug, 250ml is £5.26. However that is online and may be cheaper in store. Boots online is quite a lot more expensive, for just 125ml half the size for a dearer price of £5.89. This can also be purchased from Asda's and a few other supermarkets and can also be purchased from Ebay like most products, this is where I got mine, it was just £2 for 50ml. So it's really worth shopping around before buying this product as you might find yourself paying more than you have to.
This is usually in a plain white bottle with a neutral coloured label, it has a full list on English ingredients on the back, no sign of instructions or any other languages which makes it easier to read. This comes in lots of different forms of packaging, the one I purchased was in a small bottle with a pull of lid, this could be a problem for some people, it's very small so you can carry it in your bag, but the lid does come off easy so you might not want to carry this around in case it comes off in your bag! This also comes in a pump action bottle which is good for controlling the amount you use as you want it to last long enough because of the price!
The general use for this is, every morning and maybe night if you want after your bath or shower apply all over body or to problem areas such as stretch marks and rough patches like knees and elbows. The cream it self if a dark orange yellow colour with a bit of brown. It's quite thick but seems to spread really well too, so you don't need much at all. You can get this in fragrance free but to be honest I quite like smelling like chocolate, it isn't a strong smell but it is a chocolately hint that'll stay with you all day and night.
I do have a couple of stretch marks, I have been using this for aproximately one week now and haven't seen a difference yet, However i'm not going to give up on this just yet as I know it doesn't work on everybody but hopefully it will start taking an effect soon, I have noticed my knee's are smoother than before.
I strongly recommend this product for dry areas but for stretch marks this could take quite a bit of time to see any difference at all.
I had heard before of women getting stretch marks during pregnancy but I never thought I would get them. Boy did I get them!!! If you could call them stretch marks more like slashes, something from a horror movie comes to mind. So I went out and bought Palmers coca butter cream before the stretch marks got any worse. Did it work, you ask??? Well lets put it this way my baby is 3 and a half months old and I still have the stretch marks. So no it didn't work.
I still used the cream even when I knew it wasn't making a difference as it made my skin so soft and the smell was lovely. People kept saying I smelt lovely even hours after I had put it on!! Also I found the price a bit too expensive for it to go to waste.
It could have been my skin tone or that the stretch marks were too big for the cream to work. So I'm not saying Palmers doesn't work for everyone because as soon as people found out about my stretch marks (family and friends) Palmers was the first thing they said. So it must work for some people and not for others. I just happened to be the other.
On discovering I was pregnant one of my first purchases was a tube of stretch mark cream. This turned out to be a bad buy as the smell was too strong for me as morning sickness kicked in so husband was dispatched to buy something else. On recommendation by the assistant in Boots he came back with Palmers Cocoa Butter. It is available in most chemists and supermarkets so should be easy to find.
After an initial sniff test I can confirm that it is good to use if suffering from morning sickness. This lotion smells nice and fresh but the smell is not so strong as to make you feel ill if you are struggling not ot lose your breakfast (or in my case lunch or dinner!). I found anything which was highly perfumed to be unusable until around week 14. With the Palmers Cocoa Butter I can confirm that I have been using it throughout first trimester and now approaching the start of the third trimester with no adverse effects.
I love the pump action as it distributes just the right amount of cream each time. It massages easily into my bump and soaks in well so I don't have to wait too long before getting dressed. I prefer to warm it slightly in my hands before applying it to my bump. I like to massage my bump with it whilst chatting or singing to the baby. The baby seems to like this too as he quite often gives me a little kick as I do this although it could just be he doesn't like my singing! It is recommend that you use it daily in first trimester and twice a day later on. I have tended to use it twice a day since I got it and I don't have stretch marks yet and will update this review after I give birth with the end result!
I recognise that there are much more expensive lotions put which the likes of Mrs Beckham etc use but in my opinion I think it just as well to save your pennies and go for this product which moisturisers well and is reasonably priced especially as the jury is out on how well stretch mark lotions actually help prevent stretch marks. Currently you can get this product for £5.39 for a 250ml bottle from Boots.
This product even if does not prevent stretch marks at the end of the day keeps my skin soft and lets me bond a bit with the bump as it is massaged in.
Even before becoming pregnant, I had heard of Palmer's Cocoa Butter and its usage for improving the appearance of stretch. I also heard that the best way of avoiding the worst of the stretch marks is to put on weight slowly and to keep skin well moisturised at all times. I had always planned to purchase a bottle of this Palmers formula, however in one of the pregnancy packs I got, there was a free sample bottle of this Palmers which was a relatively good size and so I thought it was worth using this up first before deciding whether it was worth me actually buying the big bottle.
I have to admit from the beginning however, that I have used a combination of both aqueous (moisturising) cream, as well as this Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula, rotating it every other night, applying it to my bump before I go to bed. The little sample bottle is almost done now but it has lasted me extremely well, and I feel that I can now comment on the effectiveness of it on my skin, given that I am now 35 weeks pregnant.
On the front of the bottle, it states that this is a 'massage lotion' for 'stretch marks' although it is obviously not restricted to just those who are pregnant. This cocoa butter formula includes Vitamine E, collagen and Elastin, as well as shea butter, which should help ease the stretching of the skin during pregnancy. Its big claim, which is why most pregnant women purchase this, is to 'help improve (the) appearance of stretch marks'. Although I have only ever applied it to my bump and the surrounding area, this can be used as an all over body lotion. It has been dermatologiclaly tested.
Although my skin tends to be quite sensitive, particularly to heavily fragranced products, I have had absolutely no reaction to this product, despite it having a heavy scent. The scent that comes off the product and lingers on your skin is strong but very pleasant, and you can notice the shea butter in the scent easily. It is very easy to massage this lotion into the skin, and it doesn't leave you skin feeling in any way greasy or sticky.
As I said, although I have alternated on a nightly basis between this palmers formula and my regular moisturiser, I have (up until now) no stretch marks in sight. Now, I may just have been extremely lucky so far, and certainly my midwife tells me that things may now change in regards to the appearance of stretch marks over these last couple of weeks, but I have been extremely surprised that I haven't had any strectch marks to date so far, despite it being very obvious the stretching that has went on around my tummy. I do believe, that apart from putting on weight gradually rather than very quickly, the moisturising elements of this product, along with my only moisturiser has certainly kept my skin in good condition so far and helped with all the stretching that has went on. Now, that I am nearly finished this bottle of Palmer's I wil certainly purchase a big bottle of this product to continue to apply to my skin, particulary around the bump area up until birth and then afterwards. I don't doubt that the stretch marks will appear soon, and I cannot believe that I would get through without any, but I do believe that applying this product as well as my moisturiser has certainly been of great benefit, and so I would certainly recommend it. If nothing else, it will keep you skin moisturised, which is always a good thing in the long run!
You may well be wondering why on earth a bloke needs to use a product such as this, one designed to prevent and reduce stretch marks. Well, the reason is quite simple, I have them. To cut a long story short I were suffering from an illness a few years back and when I was 21 I had to have surgery for my condition. I gained a lot of weight through water retention and I ended up losing around 6 stone, going from 13 stone to 7 stone in just a week! This is the reason why I came to have these stretch marks, and I also have marks left from surgery in shape of scars.
In the past I have written about the wonders of Bio-Oil and how it helped to reduce the appearance of the resulting marks left, but the latest product to have been recommended to me is Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. The one thing that has always bothered me about Bio-Oil is that it feels very oily and can get all over my bedsheets as I have always applied it whilst in bed before going to sleep. The beauty of the Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion is that it doesn't have an oily feel to it. I no longer wake up with the residue of the product still on my skin, and my skin is much softer to the touch than ever before.
The Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion comes in a white pump-action bottle and the picture on the front label of the bottle is of a pregnant woman. Most people may relate to a pregnant woman when they think of stretch marks, so it does catch the attention of anyone looking for such a product. The lotion comtains cocoa butter, shea butter, collagen, elastin and vitamin E to help prevent and reduce stretch marks. The non-greasy lotion is very simple to apply as the bottle is pump-action and therefore you can control very easily the amount of product you put on your hands. The purpose of the product is obviously to reduce stretch marks, but it achieves this by relieving the dryness from the effected area which is associated with stretch marks. I have stretch marks all over my legs, around my waist, but not on my stomach. I have found that I can apply the lotion with the minimum of mess, but the smell is quite off-putting at first. There is quite a strong smell of alcohol, quite strange really, as the name of the product led me to believe it would smell of cocoa! Fortunately the lotion is quite thick and my skin feels moisturised after a number of applications.
I am still using Bio-Oil, as that is for the treatment of scars, which I do still have. For my stretch marks however, I am using the Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion. My skin does feel a lot softer and not as dry. I wouldn't say their appearance is reduced, but as there is some improvement to the condition of my skin I am hoping they will fade a little in time to come. The 250ml bottle I buy costs around £5, which is a little bit more expensive than general moisturising lotions. I would rather use this product than any other moisturiser as is aimed at people with stretch marks, but perhaps it could be debatable whether it will produce better results to my skin in the long term, the jury is still out on this one.