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
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.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion (250ml) retails for SGD19.90 at Guardian or Watsons outlets.
2. Clarins Stretch Mark Control Cream
Containing crowberry extract, which protects and regenerates the collagen and elastin fibres, Clarin’s 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 SGD95.00 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 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.com wrote that she used it on her existing stretch marks and “they are reducing in visibility”.
Mustela Stretch marks prevention cream can be found at Watsons outlets or NTUC Healthcare outlets. It also retails for SGD39.60 (150ml) at Redmart.
4. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Worried about 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. What’s more – It’s also fragrance free!
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter retails (185g) for $26.00 and can be found on Lookfantastic SG.
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 (150ml) is currently not available at Biotherm outlets in Singapore but can be found on Lazada.
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 which makes it convenient to apply!
According to Elancyl’s website, 86% of users have claimed to see visible improvement.
The Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Smooth Cream (150ml) retails for SGD47.30 at Watsons.
7. SebaMed Anti Stretch Cream
SebaMed Anti Stretch Cream’s triple formula aims to prevent stretch marks, reduce existing stretch marks and restore the corrective tissue, and 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 also paraben-free and free of animal ingredients.
SebaMed Anti Stretch Cream (200ml) retails for SGD25 at Guardian outlets.
8. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Butter Cream
What dry and stretched skin need most is hydration. SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Butter Cream does just that.
Containing ingredients such as amazonian cupuacu, passiflora oil and pistachio oil, this butter cream helps prevent moisture loss while helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. A user wrote on makeupalley.com that she got rashes during her pregnancy but this cream managed to get her through it with “not one stretch mark” and also got rid of the skin irritation!
SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Butter Cream (170g) retails for US13.99 on GNC. International shipping fees apply.
9. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
According to the brand, 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 asistica plant extract. Lightweight and easy to apply, it is also paraben-free. Most of the reviewers on influenster.com noted that while it took some time, there were results! No harm trying, we say.
The Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream is available at Unity, Guardian and Watson outlets. Price is not available online.
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. It is also made of mango butter, vitamin E and essential oils of neroli, tangerine, Rosewood and Lavender, all renowned for their skin care properties.
Anna, the Founder of Wild Products, is a mother of twins herself and shared that due to this product is her secret to little to no stretch marks. “The ointment… contains beeswax that is very nourishing on skin, but means it would not ‘disappear into the skin’ and would leave a protective coating on my tummy that helped the skin retain moisture by locking it in.”
Reviews on Sephora are also mostly positive, and it has received a 4-star rating, taken from 22 reviews.
The Wild Products Stretch Mark Ointment (50g) retails for SGD24.00 at Sephora.
11. Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream
Specially formulated with Tri-Derm activies which rebuild collagen and regain skin elasticity, the Gly Germ Stretch Mark Cream helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks and initial results can be seen in just three weeks!
Blogger Jessica Loh, also known as Shiberty, used this cream and took before-and-after pictures. She said that after testing the Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream out, her “darkened streaky marks have also appeared to have lightened quite visibly”. Better yet, it is also said to help with scar marks.
The Gly Germ Stretch Mark Cream (125ml) retails for SGD55.90 on qoo10.
12. 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, colour and texture of existing stretch marks”. It is also free from harmful chemicals.
A reviewer on influenstar.com 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 SGD82.50 at Lookfantastic SG.
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. This cream works towards firming up the skin while keeping it nourished.
The Biolane Stretch Mark Cream (200ml) retails for SGD44.90 on Guardian outlets.