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I feel like I can offer something here
on August 31, 2016
I feel like I can offer something here that may help a lot of mamas out. I am a mom and pregnant with my second child. I am 37 years old and every woman in my family has gotten stretch marks on their tummy, but me. I am 5' 2" and went from 120 lbs to 215 lbs at my last check in with my first child. I am a licensed esthetician, worked as a medical esthetican for 6 years and on my own for several years. I am a life long student of botanicals and herbs and probably will be the rest of my life. So, I would like to address genetics and then this product. Your genetics will play a role in whether it will be harder for you combat stretch marks, but it doesn't mean it is definitive for you. It depends on a lot more than just genes and whatever your issues are genetically combat those extra hard. Stretching skin without tearing is old science. Midwives back in the day would use boiling water during labor not only for sterilization purposes, but also to help the skin stretch so that it doesn't tear. They also used heated oils if they were available. A stretch mark is a tear in the tissue and what we have control over is lots of moisture. So, what helps keep the skin moist??? Water inside and out, so drink your water. After a bath or shower apply something heavy to keep the moisture in your skin, think treating dry feet, but please don't use foot products on your belly. Keep the sun off your tummy. There may be health benefits to the sun on your tummy while pregnant, but I would not recommend it if your concerned about stretch marks. The sun will affect it by drying out the skin and there are other issues as well. Designating an old shirt at night that you can get greasy before bed is what I did with my first, but I did not use this belly butter. I used Burt's Bees Belly BALM, which apparently is discontinued. So now for the review on this product. I did not realize that when I ordered this belly butter that it wasn't the balm. So I called a friend and asked to try hers before I opened it. I put it on after my bath tonight and I am disappointed. I love shea butter and think it is great ingredient for skin and even like the idea of it for stretch marks. However, I think the balm formula makes more sense for stretch mark prevention. Some of this is personal preference. I personally feel that there are benefits to botanicals that we don't always understand why they do what they do, chemical products are simple minded which have their benefits (less allergic reactions comes to mind and more shelf stable), but they miss what nature has to offer. For example beeswax comes to mind. Beeswax was in the balm formula which has the benefit of sealing in the moisture and it lingers on the skin, which means lasting moisture. I could go on and on about the benefits to the honey bees and their benefits to the skin, but to keep it simple will move on. It is also ideal to have some kind of oil that is listed as a carrier oil. Carrier oils penetrate the skin better. This product has some coconut oil in it, which is good, but it isn't at the top of my list to mix with shea butter. Both are thick and are solid at room temperature, which means they don't go as deep as other oils. If I were to use this product, I would mix it with a better carrier oil. One review mentioned great results with mixing olive oil into the product. It makes a lot of sense why that would help. But if I am going to be mixing my own product, I might as well mix it from scratch and cut out the synthetic crap that is in this product that I really don't like and get the added benefit of minerals and vitamins to nourish my skin. I wish I had something to recommend. If I find something great that is a great price I will update this review with a recommendation.