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While this organic cream feels rich and creamy to the touch (thank you, cocoa butter, jojoba and sunflower oils) it doesn't feel greasy on skin and absorbs in minutes, allowing you to put on a cute outfit without any residue staining your clothes (because that's a thing when you're pregnant). It's my *favorite* daytime formula (and I use their oil underneath the Shea Natural butter below at night).
"Certain essential oils are packed with fatty acids that further help strengthen your skin," Dr. Idriss adds. "Look for rosehip, jasmine and lavender oils in formulas." This dreamy salve (think: a cream and an oil had a baby) contains the latter as well as skin-quenching shea butter and coconut, hemp, jojoba, sweet almond, peppermint, and patchouli oils.
Shea, jojoba, and cocoa butter, vitamin E, coconut, sunflower, sweet almond, and soybean oils all combine moisturizing forces, so your skin is left feeling insanely hydrated. And with over it's 3,000 reviews on Amazon.com and an overall 4-star rating, you know this fragrance-free formula will be good.
Dr. Idriss swears by this prevention cream (it's what she used when she was expecting her little girl), so you know it's good. But allow me to tell you why: It has avocado peptides, which helps hydrate skin, minimizing any tightness; it contains Galactoarabinan, a patented stretch mark-preventing ingredient extracted from the Larch tree that promotes elasticity; and moisturizing shea butter and beeswax.
Remember when Dr. Idriss told you to look out for essential fatty oils, like rosehip? This one not only has that ingredient, it also has shea butter, organic avocado oil, omega 3-rich organic Sacha Inchi oil, and vitamin E to protect your skin as it stretches, helping to increase its elasticity. The only warning: If you're not into smells, go for the fragrance-free option, since this one has a gorgeous, yet strong scent.
When I found out I was pregnant, TONS of moms DM'd me on Instagram, singing the praises of this cream. It's super affordable and pumps a ton of moisture into your skin thanks to the pure cocoa and shea butter, vitamin E, collagen, elastin, and sweet almond and argan oil it contains.
If you want a TRULY thick body butter, this one won't disappoint. Especially since your belly is always slowly expanding when you're expecting, it's good to have a cream handy that doesn't just sink in and leave your skin feeling parched. Cue this formula. I've used it and, while I'm turned off by the natural shea butter's natural aroma (pregnancy probs), I continue to apply it at night because it keeps my skin SO hydrated that it still feels moisturized well into the next morning and beyond.
What better company to trust with stretch mark prevention than one that's known to treat scars, which stretch marks are a form of (otherwise known as striae). The good thing about this cream, which can be used at the beginning of your second trimester, is that it contains onion extract that's proven to help minimize scarring, Cepalin, Mederma's proprietary botanical extract, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and hydrolyzed collagen to help strengthen skin as it expands.
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