|PraNaturals 100% Raw Shea Butter||Best overall pick||9.5/10|
|Body Merry Defense Cream||Best premium pick||9/10|
|Vitabiotics Pregnacare Stretch Mark Lotion||Best budget pick||8.5/10|
|Organic And Botanic Mandarin Orange Body Cream||Vegan pick||8/10|
|Bloom And Blossom Anti Stretch Mark Cream||Best subtle scent pick||8/10|
|Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter||Best unscented pick||8/10|
|Marble Lab Silky Body Butter||Best moisturising pick||8/10|
|Biotherm Biovergetures Stretch Mark Prevention and Reduction Cream||Best gel-cream pick||8/10|
|Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter||Best solid pick||8/10|
|Secret Saviours Stretch Mark Prevention Kit||Best prevention kit||8/10|
Best Stretch Mark Cream UK
Stretch marks are one of the permanent reminders of pregnancy. While they are a sign that your body can do wonderful things, many women would prefer to reduce their appearance. Using a stretch mark cream during your pregnancy can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do about them after pregnancy. There’s so many great creams that can help ease the appearance of stretch marks, scars, redness, or any other skin complaint. Here’s our list of the best stretch mark creams.
- Vegan certified
- Chemical free
- Can be used as it is
|Scented||Natural scent only|
PraNaturals shea butter is 100% raw, unrefined and organic shea butter. It can be used as it is, straight out of the pot, or you can use it as a base to make your own stretch mark cream. If you’re using it as a base, make sure you only add scents and oils that are safe for use during pregnancy.
Shea butter has a naturally high vitamin content, so this butter is packed full of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Vitamin F. As this butter is unrefined, it keeps a slight nutty scent, but it’s not overpowering.
Shea butter is solid at room temperature, but it can be warmed in your hands, or microwaved to soften it. It absorbs quickly into your skin. It can be used to reduce stretch marks, scars, acne, cellulite, and dryness.
The PraNaturals shea butter is vegan certified, ethically sourced, and organic certified. It can be used as a treatment on your body, face, lips and hair.
- Cruelty free – Leaping Bunny certified
- Natural ingredients
- Natural scent version available
- Rich and creamy
|Scented||Vanilla and orange, or natural scent|
|Butters||Shea butter and cocoa butter|
The Body Merry Defense Cream is a rich cream, packed with skin repair ingredients. It’s made from 2 butters – shea, and cocoa, but it also has grapefruit oil, avocado oil, seaweed extract and hempseed oil. The ingredients are organic where possible, and naturally full of vitamins, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B5.
It’s a very rich cream, so a little goes a long way. The vanilla and orange scent is a sweet citrus smell, with the cocoa butter making it a little like chocolate orange. The natural scented version has a chocolate scent with a nutty undernote.
The Body Merry Defense Cream is a really moisturising cream that can help reduce signs of redness, dryness, flaking, scars and stretch marks. It’s been formulated to even reduce the appearance of old or deep stretch marks over time.
While some creams made from shea butter, or cocoa butter need damp skin, Body Merry Defense Cream can be used on completely dry skin. It is recommended that you use it twice a day for the best results.
- Dermatologically tested
- May help prevent stretch mark development
- Use during and after pregnancy
|Scented||Sweet natural scent|
|Butters||Shea butter, and Cocoa butter|
Best budget pick
Pregnacare is one of the best known pregnancy brands, so it’s no surprise that their Stretch Mark Lotion does exactly what it says it will. It’s a lotion, rather than a cream. It’s packaged in a squeezable tube, making it really easy to use. It doesn’t have a runny consistency, but feels like a rich lotion.
It’s made from shea butter, cocoa butter, and botanical oils. It’s full of Vitamin E which is really good for your skin’s elasticity. It absorbs quickly and has a non-greasy formulation. It has a natural sweet smell, which stays on your skin, but isn’t overpowering.
It can help reduce the development of stretch marks during pregnancy, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy. Although formulated specifically for stretch marks, many people use it to combat other skin complaints as well.
- Natural ingredients
- Rich and creamy formulation
- Paraben free
The Organic And Botanic Mandarin Orange Body Cream is a shea butter cream, with Vitamins A, E and F. It also has sea buckthorn oils which help hydrate, and nourish your skin. It’s not specifically a stretch mark cream, but the ingredients, and formulation mean that it works really well as one. It’s designed to reduce redness, dryness, and repair the skin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
All the ingredients are natural, botanical, and organic. It’s paraben free, ethically sourced, and isn’t tested on animals. It’s also free from harsh chemical preservatives. This cream absorbs into the skin really quickly, and doesn’t leave any sticky or greasy feeling afterwards.
It has an orange scent, which lingers slightly on the skin. The scent can seem very strong in the pot, but it’s a subtle fragrance on the skin, and isn’t at all overpowering.
- Vegan friendly
- Cruelty free
- 99% natural ingredients
- Made in Great Britain
|Scented||Slightly, with jasmine notes|
|Butters||Shea butter, and cocoa butter|
Best subtle scent pick
Bloom And Blossom’s Anti Stretch Mark Cream is a really rich cream. It feels silky, luxurious and indulgent when you put it on your skin. It absorbs quickly, and leaves no stickiness, greasiness, or unpleasant feelings behind.
99% of the ingredients are natural, and include shea butter, cocoa butter, horsetail leaf extract, sweet almond oil, and chlorella extract. All the ingredients are chosen for their skin repairing properties. The result is a wonderful, easy to use cream that can be used during pregnancy, and after.
Bloom And Blossom recommend using their cream on dry skin, but you do need to use it twice a day for the best results. It has a light, fragrant smell, which has subtle notes of jasmine. The lightness and subtleness of the scent means that you can layer other scents over it if you want. It also means that it’s not overpowering, which can be a trigger for morning sickness in some women.
- 99% natural ingredients
- Free from parabens, phthalates and SLS
- Responsibly sourced ingredients
- No animal testing
|Butters||Shea butter, jojoba butter, and cocoa butter|
Best unscented pick
Burt’s Bees are widely known for their natural skin care and beauty products, and this belly butter is one of their best. It has a rich creamy formulation, is incredibly moisturising, and leaves your skin feeling soft and cared for.
It has 3 different butters in it – shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba butter. It also has sunflower oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. All of the ingredients are selected for their skin care properties, which means that this belly butter is full of skin repairing goodness. It helps your skin as it expands during your pregnancy, but can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy.
It’s a fragrance free belly butter, but there is a slight natural scent, mostly of shea butter and jojoba. It’s very subtle, and the scent doesn’t linger on your skin. The Mama Bee Belly Butter absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave any stickiness or greasiness.
- Cruelty free
- 100% Essential oils
- Rich, creamy formulation
|Butters||Cocoa butter and shea butter|
Best moisturising pick
The Marble Lab Silky Body Butter is a rich, creamy and thick body butter with a lot of goodness packed in the pot. It has cocoa butter and shea butter, as well as almond oil, avocado oil, argan oil, and primrose oil. It has ingredients known for helping skin repair, rejuvenation, and smoothing out the skin.
It’s a thick, creamy formulation, but it feels very silky and indulgent on the skin. It absorbs well, and doesn’t leave any stickiness, or greasiness. It has a natural scent of the essential oils, but it’s not overly strong, or overpowering.
This body butter is perfect for preventing, or reducing the appearance of stretch marks, but it’s good for easing other skin complaints as well. It’s very moisturising, making it ideal for dry skin. The formulation is suitable for sensitive skin, and some users have said that it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, discolouration, and age spots.
- Non greasy
- Lightly scented
- Enriched with thermal plankton
- Non staining
|Scented||Vanilla, violet, and jasmine|
Best gel-cream pick
Biotherm’s Biovergetures is a cream that looks like a gel. It comes out of the tube in a gel like consistency, but it massages into the skin, and feels like a cream. It’s really easily absorbed, and because of the gel consistency, you can squeeze out the exact amount you need easily.
It has shea butter, and thermal plankton. These ingredients are fantastic for your skin. They help boost your skin’s natural elasticity, which can help prevent you from developing stretch marks. Not only that, but the same ingredients can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, including ones that happened during adolescence.
It is a scented cream. It’s a vanilla, jasmine, and violet scent, but it’s not sickly sweet, or overwhelming. It’s quite subtle, and has a gentle linger on the skin.
This cream can be used on damp or dry skin. It should be massaged in using circular motions until it’s fully absorbed. It should be used twice a day.
- Enriched with oils
- Solid formulation
- Can be used as an overnight treatment
- Has Bio C-Elaste
Best solid pick
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter is a solid ‘cream’ that melts in your hands, and then has a rich consistency. It’s made from cocoa butter, but is enriched with lavender oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, and sweet almond oil. It also has Bio C-Elaste, which is a formulation of collagen and elastin, designed to help your skin as it expands during pregnancy, and contracts after pregnancy.
This tummy butter is best used as a deep overnight treatment. It can take a little longer to absorb than other creams, so it’s best to massage it in circular motions, and put on pyjamas. It will be completely absorbed by the morning. As it’s absorbing into the skin. It doesn’t feel sticky, heavy or greasy.
It has a lavender scent, which is soothing, and can help aid restful sleep. It’s not an overwhelming scent, and it does linger on the skin.
- 3 step kit
- Helps skin tension
- Relieves itchiness
|Scented||With essential oils|
|Size||100 ml of each tube|
Best prevention kit
The Secret Saviours Stretch Mark Prevention Kit is a 3 step kit to help prevent stretch mark development. The first step is day gel, which helps prevent itchiness, and helps the elasticity in the skin. It also helps keep the bump band in place.
The second step is the bump band. You need to select the right size for your bump, and use it with the sticky pads on your skin. It helps diffuse the tension on your skin as your bump grows. You wear the band throughout the day, and remove it at night. When the band is off, you massage the night cream into your bump. It’s designed to moisturise and nourish your skin.
This kit has been clinically proven in preventing stretch marks, but you need to follow all three steps, and you can only use each of the products with each other. The products can be bought separately, or as a complete set.
Both the gel and the night cream are subtly fragranced with essential oils, such as bergamot, rose, and orange. It’s a light scent, and isn’t at all overpowering.
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