“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Stretch Mark Oil „
Although I'm proud of my stretch marks and see them as a badge of honour, I would still like as few new additions as possible during this pregnancy. Having wasted a small fortune on oils and creams in my last pregnancy, only to develop my first new stretch mark at just 16 weeks, this time around I decided to go for a cheaper option, namely Tesco Stretch Mark Oil. Costing just £3 for 100ml, this oil is said to moisturise and smooth your tummy to improve elasticity with a blend of coconut oil and rosehip oil.
Following the instructions on the cardboard outer box, I massage this oil onto my ever expanding tummy and boobs twice a day using gentle circular motions and taking a little extra time over those areas already criss-crossed with stretch marks. This lightly scented oil is easy to dispense by shaking or squeezing out of the dropper top, although I do have to admit that the screw top lid does become a little awkward to put back on with oily fingers. Unless you particularly like the feel of cold liquid hitting your skin, I would suggest pouring the oil into your hands, warming it and then applying to your skin.
I love the delicate floral scent that this oil leaves on my skin and the ease with with which it absorbs into my skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth to the touch. I also love the way that even though it is an oil it doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy in the way that, say, baby oil does. Finally I love the fact that I don't need to use very much at a time, I've been using the same bottle twice a day for 8 weeks now and still have just under half a bottle left.
As to whether this oil prevents stretch marks, sadly I can't say it is completely effective, I do have a couple of new lines on the roadmap that is my tummy. But, and this is a big but, they are only small, especially compared with the stretch marks that had developed at the same stage in my previous pregnancy. Amazingly, the one area I thought would develop stretch marks this time round is my boobs, they have expanded from a B to DD cup in the last 18 weeks, but haven't developed a single stretch mark.
While not 100% effective at preventing stretch marks this oil is at least as good as the far more expensive brand names at a fraction of the price. And so I am giving Tesco Stretch Mark Oil four stars out of five and recommending it to any pregnant lady who wants to reduce the chance of developing a road map of their very own.
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