Stretch marks are common among pregnant women. In fact, it is reported that 8 out of 10 pregnant women (90 percent) will experience stretch marks during their pregnancy. This condition is characterized by narrow, wrinkly lines that etch vertically down the skin. They vary in color (from pink to purple) depending on your skin complexion.
The most common areas you will find stretch marks during pregnancy are your stomach, upper thighs, and breasts. They are the result of stretched skin tissue as women put on weight and hormonal changes.
In addition to seeing lines, you may experience itchiness around the thinning skin. Don’t worry, as stretch marks are not harmful, but they can leave permanent scars that may lower one’s self-confidence and body image. Post-pregnancy, they will fade and become less noticeable, but in general, they do not completely go away.
Are Stretch Marks Preventable?
Some people never experience stretch marks during pregnancy. This is because of their skin type, as some women have more elasticity than others. As a result, it is common among younger women.
If you are worried about getting stretch marks, there are products you can use to prevent the condition from occurring. While some anti-stretch mark creams are beneficial, there is limited evidence that they effectively prevent stretch marks. More evidence suggests that oils, like Life’s Butter Body Oil for Stretch Marks and Uneven Skin Tone, are better at preventing and reducing stretch marks.
In a 2018 study, 80 participants who used a popular body oil said their stretch marks were less pronounced after use. It is important to remember that not oils are equal. Rather than purchasing the most hyped product because they come from a name-brand company, look for all-natural ingredients that are clinically proven to work.
What Ingredients Work?
Body oils generally consist of carrier and essential oils. Whether organic or all-natural depends on which company you choose.
These oils are some of the best choices for stretch marks.
Rosehip is a carrier oil that is distilled from the seeds of rose flowers. In a recent study, researchers asked a group of pregnant women to apply a formula of rosehip and vitamin E oil to their stomachs and another group to apply a placebo. The study showed that women who used the rosehip oil formula experienced effective results at preventing stretch marks, while the placebo group did not. This evidence suggests that rosehip is a highly effective ingredient at preventing, reducing, and mitigating the progression of stretch marks.
The healing properties of jojoba oil make it ideal for treating stretch marks. Studies show that jojoba oil accelerates wound healing and stimulates collagen production. Skin that is dry and less elastic is more prone to experience severe stretch marks. Jojoba oil is among the most hydrating oils, which keeps skin moisturized, ultimately reducing stretch marks. This oil, closest to the human sebum, helps balance oil production and can be used on its own or in a replenishing formula. No wonder it's among our top five oils for skin.
Bitter Almond Oil & Sweet Almond Oil
Not all almond oils are the same. Bitter almond oil differs from sweet almond oil in that it comes from a different tree. While outdated, this 2012 study shows that bitter almond oil can reduce pregnancy stretch marks. Another study revealed that pregnant women who used this oil for a few minutes every day developed fewer stretch marks than women who did not use it.
What about sweet almond oil? Yes, this is another ingredient that is highly beneficial in preventing the formation of these unseemly lines. When applied to the stomach, breasts, and thighs, sweet almond oil can improve skin elasticity. In fact, this protective oil is one of the main ingredients in Life’s Butter Body Oil for Stretch Marks and Uneven Skin Tone.
We recommend applying body oils all over the body, not just in the areas that are more susceptible to experiencing skin issues.
Life Butter Body Oil – How Does it Work?
The new Life’s Butter Body oil is a potent formula that uses seven organic oils, including rosehip, jojoba, and sweet almond oil. In this magical blend, you will also find:
- Sunflower oil – Rich in antioxidants that hydrate the skin.
- Grapeseed oil – Evens skin tone and lightens scars.
- Sea buckthorn fruit oil – Reduces inflammation and creates an even, smoother skin texture.
- Tea tree oil – Anti-inflammatory properties soothe itchy, irritated skin.
Each organic oil is proven to reduce scars and stretch marks. As you can see, they are each special in their own way, working to strengthen the skin barrier to keep unsightly skin conditions at bay. Use the body oil during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.
How to Use
During pregnancy, we recommend massaging the oil on damp skin – after the shower is a great time to apply it, as it traps moisture for an extra boost of hydration. Massage in circular motions. You can also apply it when your skin feels itchy, as it helps soothe irritation.
Don’t discontinue use after pregnancy! While the oil can mitigate pregnancy stretch marks when pregnant, it may not completely prevent them from occurring. Continue to use Life Butter’s Body oil post-pregnancy to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks all over your body. This body oil is the perfect solution for pregnant women who need fast relief!