Caused by the stretching of one’s skin, stretch marks most commonly appear postpartum but it can also occur during periods of rapid weight gain or even during puberty.
Something that many mothers experience, stretch marks are battle scars that many women are proud of; because they know they’ve earned their stripes!
But we also know that there are mothers who would prefer that the amazing memories of their pregnancies not remain as visible marks on their bodies.
The most common question? How do you get rid of these stretch marks or at least make them less noticeable?
We have found 13 best stretch mark creams that are raved about by reviewers who claim they can help you prevent stretch marks from appearing or fade the look of existing stretch marks.
- 1. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion
- 2. Clarins Stretch Mark Control Cream
- 3. Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Cream
- 4. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
- 5. Biotherm Biovergetures Stretch Marks Prevention & Reduction Cream-Gel
- 6. Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Smooth Cream
- 7. SebaMed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream
- 13. Biolane Stretch Mark Cream
- 9. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
- 10. Wild Products Stretch Mark Ointment
- 11. Mama Mio Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser
- 12. Mama's Choice Stretch Mark Cream
- 13. Maternea Anti-Stretch Mark Body Cream
1. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion
Mention stretch mark creams and chances are that someone would talk about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion.
Containing pure cocoa butter and shea butter, natural oils, collagen, elastin and lutein, this popular non-greasy yet affordable product is the #1 most popular stretch mark cream on influenster.com. Some users on influenster.com swear by it and say that they saw a ‘crazy difference’ as it helped fade their stretch marks within weeks.
2. Clarins Stretch Mark Control Cream
Another stretch mark cream that’s often on the to-try list for pregnant mums and new mums, this is raved about for how hydrating it is without leaving behind any greasy residue.
Containing crowberry extract, which protects and regenerates the collagen and elastin fibres, Clarins’ stretch mark cream helps boost your skin’s elasticity while keeping it moisturised. Not only that, this cream is also fragrance-free, a plus point for those who are sensitive to scented lotions.
Clarins Stretch Mark Control Cream (200ml) retails for S$98 at Clarins.
3. Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Cream
With ingredients such as avocado peptides, beeswax, shea butter and Galactoarabinan, a patented stretchmark-care ingredient extracted from the Larch tree, this stretch mark cream reinforces skin elasticity and leaves the skin feeling soft.
Though many expecting mothers use it as a prevention cream, this cream also helps fade existing ones. A user on Influenster shared that she used it on her existing stretch marks and “they are reducing in visibility”.
Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Cream retails for S$42.80 at Watsons.
4. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Worried about stretch mark creams causing irritation to your skin? Worry no more with Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter.
This 99% natural cream is free from phthalates, parabens, petrolatum and sodium lauryl sulfate. This belly butter also contains shea butter and vitamin E, which helps nourish your skin, and is fragrance-free. This is certainly one of the best stretch mark creams to consider if you have sensitive skin.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter retails (185g) for S$25.50 at Lookfantastic.
5. Biotherm Biovergetures Stretch Marks Prevention & Reduction Cream-Gel
A non-greasy gel-cream, the Biotherm Biovergetures Stretch Marks Prevention & Reduction Cream-Gel is loaded with moisturising ingredients that not only help with preventing stretch marks but also reducing the appearance of existing scars and marks.
This cream absorbs fast into the skin and does not stain, perfect for busy mummies who are in a rush. A reviewer on Influenster reports that she had used this product consistently for six months and she noticed that stretch marks on her upper thighs were almost invisible now.
The Biotherm Biovergetures Stretch Marks Prevention & Reduction Cream-Gel retails for S$63.90 on Lazada and S$96 on Shopee (but there’s a discount at the time of writing so click on link to see latest price).
6. Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Smooth Cream
Boasting a high concentration in safflower oil and marine extracts, the Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Smooth Cream helps improve elasticity of the skin and keeps it supple. The paraben-free formula also has a non-greasy texture that makes it convenient to apply.
While it’s a little more underrated, this Elancyl stretch mark cream has received good reviews from those who have tried it, with 86% of users who left reviews on the Elancyl website saying that they have seen visible improvements.
The Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Smooth Cream (150ml) retails for SGD47.30 at Watsons.
7. SebaMed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream
One of the most sought after stretch mark creams, SebaMed Anti Stretch Cream’s triple formula is said to prevent stretch marks, reduce existing stretch marks and restore the corrective tissue. This is suitable for new mothers who are breastfeeding as well. Enriched with natural avocado oil and shea butter care to protect the skin, this dermatologically tested cream is paraben-free and free of animal ingredients.
SebaMed Anti Stretch Mark Cream (200ml) retails for SG$39.50 at Guardian.
13. Biolane Stretch Mark Cream
Blogger Bong Qiu Qiu, used the Biolane Stretch Mark Cream while she was pregnant and said that she loved the smell, texture, its ease of application compared to other creams. Alcohol- and paraben-free, this product contains organic argan oil that are rich in essential fatty acids and beta-carotene. Besides preventing stretch marks, this stretch mark cream also helps firm up skin and keep it nourished – two other benefits that new mums will certainly appreciate.
Biolane Stretch Mark Cream (200ml) retails for S$44.90 on Redmart.
9. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
Reviews on the Mederma website says that 3 in 4 women noted visible improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks after using the Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream for 12 weeks.
Suitable for all skin types, this formula consists of cepalin, a proprietary botanical extract, hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica plant extract. Lightweight and easy to apply, it is also paraben-free. Most of the reviewers on Influenster noted that while it took some time, there were results!
The Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream retails for S$71.07 on iHerb.
10. Wild Products Stretch Mark Ointment
This chemical-free ointment contains 50% shea butter oil, an ingredient that’s known to help treat stretch marks. The intensely hydrating product is also made of mango butter, vitamin E and essential oils of neroli, tangerine, rosewood, and lavender, all of which help nourish and soothe skin.
This may not be a very prominent stretch mark cream, but it’s well-loved among those who have tried it..
The Wild Products Stretch Mark Ointment (100g) retails for S$44 on Zalora.
11. Mama Mio Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser
Fruit enzymes in a stretch mark cream? We’re loving it.
Infused with natural ingredients such as water lily extracts, indian gooseberries, seaweed extracts, and nourishing oils amongst other ingredients, the Mama Mio Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser promises to reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks, including their colour and texture. It is also free from harmful chemicals, making it safe for expectant mothers.
A reviewer on Influenster said that she finds it “helps with the appearance of stretch marks, leaving skin feeling nourished and rejuvenated”.
The Mama Mio Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser (100ml) retails for S$68.50 at Lookfantastic (there’s a discount going on at the time of writing, so click on the link to see latest price).
12. Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream
Safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, this stretch mark cream is formulated using natural ingredients and is enriched with vitamin E and antioxidants to nourish skin.
The product also provides relief from itching – a common problem that expectant mothers face, especially in the third trimester.
Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream retails for S$20.90 and is available on Shopee (there’s a discount going on at the time of writing, so click on the link to see latest price).
13. Maternea Anti-Stretch Mark Body Cream
This stretch mark cream contains almond oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, and jojoba oil to offer several benefits to the skin.
They include stimulation of cell regeneration, improving healing processes, and increasing the production of collagen and elastin. These benefits prevent the appearance of stretch marks and discomfort such as itching.
Maternea Anti-Stretch Mark Body Cream retails for S$49.50 and is available on Shopee.
Featured image taken from A Little Pop of Coral.