When I was pregnant I bathed in lotion and oils. I usually went to bed a complete oily mess. But I had a reason for slathering oils all over my body — I was trying to prevent stretch marks. I know I’m not the only pregnant woman who dreaded those stripes. I say more power to those women who consider them a badge of honor, but I already had some from weight gain during puberty and my freshman year in college. I didn’t want anymore.
First of all, stretch marks are caused when the middle layer of skin stretches and tears, leaving behind stretch marks. Stretch marks usually happen during a rapid period of growth — puberty, pregnancy or quick weight gain of any kind.
There is just not enough research to say with 100 percent certainty that creams, balms, lotions, lasers and gels actually work to get rid of stretch marks or prevent them. But creams and oils do help reduce itching and dryness.
Studies show that creams containing rosehip oil and vitamin E improved the appearance of stretch marks. Cocoa butter didn’t do it for me. I have read studies that have said cocoa butter is beneficial and others that say it does nothing.
Knowing all of this I nonetheless coated my belly, boobs and upper thighs in two products — Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil with Rosehip oil, vitamin E oil, and cocoa butter also Triple Lanolin Lotion.
I’m about to sing the praises of Triple Lanolin Lotion. If you haven’t heard of it let me bless you so you can put it in your life.
I simply Googled moisturizing lotion and somehow I stumbled upon Triple Lanolin, which is used in a lot of nail salons. It’s not too greasy, which why would you want a greasy lotion? Right. It’s created for extra dry skin. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin.
It can be used as a makeup base, cleansing cream (remove makeup, dirt and excess oil) or aftershave soother.