Most women already have them, some are very lucky not too. But when you're pregnant they seem to become more visible than ever. That's right, stretch marks, one of the very few things that stay on our bodies after giving birth.
Jade Pickering has shopped around for some of the best beauty lotions and potions claiming to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, improve the skin's elasticity and help prevent new marks from forming. Some say that's wishful thinking, but hey, it could be worth a try!
Mama Mio Goodbye Stretch Marks
£44.00 for 100ml
Clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks by over 70%, claims the blurb. This product is safe to use during pregnancy and what's great (if it works) is that it claims to help reduce the appearance of old stretch marks, even if they're ancient.
Skin Doctors Stretch Away
£19.95 for 200g
Packed with cocoa butter, vitamins A, E and K and natural fruit acids, this product is said to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and stop new ones from forming. The cocoa butter is great because it helps to leave your skin super soft and the vitamins give your skin the minerals it may be lacking.
Clarins Stretch Mark Control
£30.34 for 200ml
Clarins' products always smell absolutely gorgeous but this one doesn't have much of a smell to it. Like the other products it's a two-in-one, helping to reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks and prevent new ones from forming.
Biotherm Biovergetures Stretch Mark Prevention & Reduction Cream-Gel
£25.00 for 150ml
This product is said to improve skin's elasticity, which in the longer term makes skin resistant to future stretch marks, if you're already thinking about that next baby! This product is great for toning down the colour of previous stretch marks. It smells lovely, without being too over-powering.
Decleor Perfect Sculpt – Stretch Mark Restructuring Gel Cream
£34.50 for 150ml
The product is quite rich and works at firming your skin, more over than actually making stretch marks appear less visible.