Stretch marks are scars that appear when the skin has been subjected to excessive stretching, such as during pregnancy or a sudden change in weight. Collagen and elastin fibers, which give the skin flexibility and resistance, break and unsightly tears appear.
Although they are associated with women, stretch marks do not discriminate between the sexes and the common areas where they appear are the hips, belly, thighs, chest and buttocks. Although their complete elimination is almost impossible, preventing them and reducing their appearance is thanks to specific treatments that include ingredients whose main action is to nourish and improve the elasticity of the skin.
There is a cream that stands out above the rest and that has become the best anti-stretch mark treatment that exists so far on the market. It is the Trofolastín cream, a product that enhances the elasticity of the epidermis, clinically tested and that manages to prevent and reduce the size and color of these marks by up to 89%. Its formula achieves the best results because it contains powerful active compounds such as gotu kola, vegetable oils, and hydrolyzed collagen and elastin.
But in this comparison you will find four other formulas with proven efficacy. In cream or oil formats, each of them offers different compositions for all skin types, also the most sensitive. In any case, most of the ingredients are antioxidants and hypoallergenic.
All manufacturers agree on one idea: the effect of the treatments is not immediate but long-term. For this reason, it is important to be patient and disciplined in the application.
Experts also recommend applying the cream or oil once or twice a day, for several months, and spreading the product using gentle circular massages. Therefore, read the prospectuses carefully.
In the case of pregnant women, when the skin is stretched more aggressively, it is preferable to start applying the product as soon as possible on the lower abdomen and chest, and maintain this application during pregnancy and a few months later after delivery. . The creams, usually in 250 ml containers, are usually valid for long periods.
The ideal is to always have the skin hydrated and nourished with a quality product, easy to apply and quickly absorbed. Take a look at the excellent products that have been chosen, priced between 10 and 25 euros.
The favorite: Trofolastín Elasticity
Trofolastín Elasticity is a product that has proven over the years its effectiveness in preventing and reducing stretch marks in athletes or those caused by pregnancy or weight changes.
Clinically and dermatologically tested, it has been proven that, applying it twice a day to the striated area and performing a gentle circular massage, it manages to prevent and reduce stretch marks both in size and in the reddish color that characterizes them by up to 89%.
This overwhelming percentage of effectiveness has been achieved by the brand thanks to its wonderful hypoallergenic formula – which does not produce allergic reactions – and antioxidant. Trofolastín Elasticity is a cream composed of:
Centella Asiatica that heals, regenerates and repairs the epidermis, generating a greater production of collagen and thus enhancing the flexibility of the skin.
Wheat germ vegetable oil rich in vitamins A, D and E characterized by its high antioxidant and emollient qualities. Ideal for mature skin because it provides the perfect degree of hydration and improves elasticity.
Hydrolyzed collagen that stimulates and provides nutrients.
Hydrolyzed elastin, an essential component in any quality cosmetic due to its high nutritional content and because it stimulates this protein in the epidermis.
Those who have tried it also appreciate its rapid absorption. In addition, its 250 ml are sufficient for long periods, such as nine months of pregnancy.
The only downside to Trofolastín stretch mark cream is that the smell can be strong for some people.
Another great option: Woman ISDIN
Secondly, the Woman from ISDIN anti-crevice and stretch mark cream has been chosen, a benchmark brand in skin care.
Like the favorite, it is a hypoallergenic product and tested on more than 500 pregnant women who guarantee the good results of this cream after continued use twice a day.
One of the most valued aspects is its magnificent cosmeticity that gives it rapid absorption, allowing you to dress immediately after application, its pleasant aroma and the feeling of smooth, soft, fresh and hydrated skin.
Its components have exceptional antioxidant, moisturizing and regenerating properties that improve elasticity enough for the skin to adapt to the rapid changes in volume and weight that cause unsightly stretch marks.
Some of these ingredients are shared with the favorite Trofolastín, such as gotu kola with its powerful healing action; and vitamin E, a source of deep hydration. It also contains Shorea butter and rosehip oil, essential elements that enhance collagen and elastin to achieve greater skin flexibility.
Its 250 ml container, just like the favorite, is perfect to take it on a trip, to the pool or to the gym to apply it after the shower.
For sensitive skin: Bio-Oil
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Many Spanish dermatologists recommend Bio-Oil anti-stretch mark oil to prevent and reduce spots, scars and stretch marks and because it manages to maintain the healthy tone of the skin, in addition to invigorating the natural oil layer of the body.
Its carefully chosen ingredients also keep the dermis hydrated and with the optimum degree of moisture.
At first glance, the main difference compared to other anti-stretch marks is its oil texture that absorbs quickly and gives it a light and silky appearance.
Experts recommend this cream for those with sensitive skin because its formula is hypoallergenic and is composed of natural elements and vitamins that do not irritate the skin or clog pores. Each of these ingredients has been clinically tested to ensure that their combination is effective and safe for all skin types.
It contains different oils such as rosehip, regenerating and healing par excellence; gotu kola, which firms and provides elasticity; Chorella seaweed, characterized by its powerful toning and anti-stretch marks; rosemary, calendula, chamomile and lavender oils with soothing, antiseptic, balsamic and anti-inflammatory properties; and vitamins A and E that favor the creation of collagen and deeply nourish the skin.
For its application, the manufacturer recommends massaging the area twice a day for a minimum of three months. In this way you can see the results: it reduces stretch marks and prevents their appearance.
During pregnancy, its use is recommended from the fourth month in the areas most prone to the appearance of stretch marks such as the buttocks, the lower part of the gut, the hips and the thighs.
100% organic: Fisyo
If you are looking for a natural, 100% organic and effective anti-stretch mark product, Fysio is the best brand. Founded in Greece in 2007, it has created a catalog of luxury products with ingredients from nature such as extra virgin olive oil and beeswax.
Beeswax, so widely used in cosmetics lately, provides a large number of benefits in various skin conditions such as stretch marks, acne, dry skin or eczema. It regenerates cells and contains important hypoallergenic, healing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. A marvel!
Its products are clinically tested and specifically, with its anti-stretch mark cream it has been shown that the skin regains its elasticity and moisture, as well as recovers lost lipids.
This treatment includes jojoba, argan, coconut, palo santo oils, marine collagen and vitamins A and E. All these ingredients have properties that regenerate tissues, provide elasticity and help restore the natural tone of the skin. . They also provide intense hydration, leaving a velvety epidermis.
Its use is totally safe during pregnancy and lactation, as well as for any skin type since it does not contain any fragrance or added chemicals.
The jar-shaped container contains 125 ml of product. It is a very creamy cream that must be deeply massaged so that it penetrates well into the skin. This characteristic means that, with very little quantity, a large area is covered.
Quality / price: Palmer´s Body Lotion
Finally, the podium of the five best anti-stretch marks is occupied by body lotion from Palmer’s, a leading American company in the natural cosmetics sector for more than fifty years. Their facial and body products are made from cocoa butter and they have been especially concerned with creating skin care treatments for pregnant women.
In its anti-stretch mark body lotion, there are, in addition to cocoa butter that gives it a pleasant fragrance, shea butter, vitamin E and Bio-C Elaste, a compound that provides elastin and collagen.
The manufacturer recommends its application twice a day to prevent the appearance of stretch marks and reduce their size and appearance. Also, customers perceive a great relief from the itchiness caused by dry skin and an improvement in skin elasticity.
It comes in a large 400 ml format and, although the texture is not as watery as other creams, it spreads easily without leaving the skin sticky or greasy.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.