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Pregnancy Skin Care

Oooh the dreaded stretch marks, they are inevitable! They say they are genetic, and appear if you gain weight at a fast pace. What helps is to keep hydrated, gain weight at a slower rate, and applying certain oils and lotions.
With my first pregnancy I used a well known brand, Palmers because that's the first one and only one available at the stores. For the oil I used a different brand Bio-Oil. I didn't defeat the stretch marks but they were tiny and subtle on my belly so I was happy about that.
This time around I wanted to try a different brand. I really wasn't a fan on the cocoa butter scent nor the texture of Palmer's lotions. I searched on Target's website and read reviews and I stumbled upon Boppy. Yes the makers of nursing pillows. I was a bit skeptical at first since I've only known them for the pillows but after reading reviews I was open minded. (Disclaimer: This review was NOT sponsored by Boppy I paid for all the products and all opinions are mine)

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They offer three products; renewing body oil, stretch mark cream, and whipped belly butter. They are not too expensive the oil is $9.99, cream $12.99 and whip $14.99 at Target's website, if you use your Target Redcard like I did you get free shipping and save 5% of your total purchase. I placed my order when I was three months pregnant, meanwhile I had been using some left over Palmer's. After the three months I switched to Boppy. I've been using it through out my pregnancy and so far reordered twice so it lasts a good while. I apply the oil once a day after my shower. I allow it to absorb which doesn't take long since it is not greasy. I apply either the whipp or cream afterwards. At night I only apply either the whip or lotion. I'm currently 34 weeks and I haven't noticed any new stretch marks!. The products have NOT erased my old stretch marks, but did smooth them out. I'm going to go over each product and share my thoughts on the products.
The renewing body oil is 4 fl oz. It is non-greasy and fast absorbant. It keeps my skin hydrated protecting it from stretch marks. It has a nice citrus shea scent, which I really like!! You can use it in the morning and at night. All three products are hypoallergenic, paraben free and phthalate free so they are safe and effective both during and after pregnancy. I only use it once a day and it lasted 4 months. I reordered my second bottle and will start applying twice since I'm hitting my final months.
The stretch mark cream is 6 fl oz. It contains a triple moisture blend of coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E combine to smooth and hydrate skin for stretch mark protection. This too has the citrus shea scent and is non-greasy. The texture is smooth like butter and feels nice to apply it, it feels very rich. I used it twice a day and it lasted three months before reordering.



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Now on to the cherry on top, the whipped belly butter! It is also 6 fl oz, citrus scent, and non-greasy. This stuff is amazing literally feels like whip. The texture is so decadent and rich. It keeps my skin hydrated and deeply moisturize. I used it twice a day lasting me three months. Personally you can do the oil and either the cream or whip or use all three it's up to you.
I'm glad I found this product because they are amazing in quality, results, and are inexpensive. Best of all I can stand the citrus shea scent over the cocoa butter! This product has prevented new stretch marks from appearing. Now you know there are other options out there and this one is worth trying. They make the perfect gift for the new mommy-to-be. Here is a picture of my belly to show you that they have worked for me, perhaps they'll work for you too.



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  1. Very helpful article . I personally slathered wmy tummy with massage oil and cocoa butter . I had no stretch marks ! I also worked out most days as well. Prenatal yoga was so much fun :)

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    1. Glad it was helpful, oils and butters are liquid gold.

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