Unless you just moved here from outer space (in which case, welcome!), you’ve probably, at some point in your life, read an article about preventing stretch marks. Well, this isn’t one of those. The truth is that whether you get stretch marks or not is largely based on genetics. All research points to “never gaining or losing weight” as the best way to avoid stretch marks entirely, and since that would require not being human, let’s assume we all have a stretch mark. Or 20. So. Prevention schermvention…stretch marks are here, so wtf do we do about them?
The keys to reducing the appearance of stretch marks are the 3 “-ation”s: Hydration. Exfoliation. Circulation. And since the last thing we want to do is pile chemicals on that gorgeous mama-skin of yours — or, heaven forbid, rub those chemicals off onto the pure skin of your baby/toddler! — I’ve compiled a list of natural, safe, and luxurious potions that promise to fix those stretch marks utilizing the 3 -ations.
If you want something specifically for stretch marks:
Zoe Organics Belly Butter or Belly Oil
Two options here, in case you prefer a “butter” to an oil, and both are great choices. Both are completely organic, absolutely pure, safe for both pregnancy and postpartum, unscented, and practically perfect in every way! $20, Buy it here.
If you want to feel like your bathroom is the world’s best spa:
Tata Harper Resurfacing Scrub
This scrub is, as they say, “spa-grade,” and you will definitely feel its luxurious effects. With ingredients including Pink Himalayan and Hawaiian Sea Salts, Cranberry Fibers, Apricot Seed Powder and Organic Sugar, a handful of this powerful yet gentle scrub will bring your body some much-needed extra circulation and exfoliation at the same time. Apply to dry skin, which not only keeps it from getting rinsed off too quickly in your shower, but also allows the Argan Oil and Tata Harper’s proprietary Estate Grown Beauty Complex to “thoroughly hydrate the skin’s hydro-lipid layer.” $70, Buy it here.
Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm
After rinsing off the scrub, follow it with an application of Redefining Body Balm for maximum results. A true balm, it will melt in your hands and glide on your skin as easily as an oil, but without the mess. Specially formulated to minimize the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and made with butters, extracts, and oils, you can’t help but feel fancy and pampered when using it. $115 Buy it here.
If you want something so delicious and luxurious that you just won’t even care about stretch marks anymore:
True Botanicals Pacific Body Oil
You will absolutely feel like you’re strolling through a lush flower garden as you apply this silky, rich oil. With notes of tuberose, rosewood, neroli, and, my personal favorite, jasmine, you’ll be whisked away (in your mind, at least) to a floral fantasy vacation! (You can bring your family. Or not! It’s your imagination!) $95, Buy it here.
If you like your treatments natural but also medicinal (aka “medi-organic”):
Celsus Bio-Intelligence Scar Cream
This company makes one thing, and you better bet they do it really well. This scar cream is effective, sustainable, responsible, and affordable. And it’s something you’ll want to have around your house forever once you’ve tried it. Not only is it good for stretch marks, but it can help heal c-section scars (ask your doctor, of course!), kiddo boo-boos, and other skin blemishes. I promise, this is going to be your new best friend. $19.99, Buy it here.
If you have no time:
Splurge Skincare The Rub
As natural and hand-made as it gets, this scrub has been my hands-down favorite for years. It’s not terribly expensive, but it is terribly effective! Translation: best bang for your buck! Bonus: Made by 2 women in Boston. East Coast and Lady-friendly! $27, Buy it here.
See? What stretch marks? Even if they’re not actually gone, I promise you are so busy picturing yourself in Hawaii you can’t remember your name, let alone if you have stretch marks. And that is the best way to deal with Stretch Marks!