Pregnancy number four means…. another possibility of stretch marks. In my previous pregnancy, I made this cream and it worked I got no new stretch marks that time! In my first or second (they were so close I honestly don’t remember which is from what) I got a few marks on my stomach on each side that have mostly faded in the last 13 years .
I know, stretch marks are a right of passage for motherhood. But if you could minimize that right of passage, you probably would right? Well, moisturizing the skin and keeping it elastic so it can stretch to fit a little human, is the best game plan. While nothing is fool proof when it comes to stretch marks here are a few oils to help that I’ve mixed together to create a nice little belly batter I used twice a day (unless I forget).
My Favorite Ingredients
- Organic Shea butter – ultra-moisturizing thanks to its vitamin content, along with oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids which help prevent drying.
- Coconut oil – contains proteins that can contribute to cellular health and tissue repair.
- Organic Rose Hip Oil – contains high levels of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids, which are believed to support skin texture, prevent discoloration and reduce wrinkles.
- Organic Jojoba oil – close to the oil our skin creates and provides all day hydration.
- Vitamin E Oil – a potent antioxidant that can help protect the collagen fibers in your skin. It promotes skin elasticity, which is important when your skin is rapidly stretching and growing.
- Organic Marshmallow root – contains flavanoids, which contain anti-inflammatory properties. The flavanoids are able to reduce inflammation while the mucilage holds them in place and prevents further damage.
- Ylang Ylang Oil Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil – has also been shown to speed up wound healing, it can strengthen the skin, a crucial factor for healing stretch marks.
- Orange Essential Oil – helps reduce skin fragility and helps perk up the skin due to its high level of antioxidants.
- Organic Apricot oil – Paula Begoun, author of “The Complete Beauty Bible,” notes that apricot oil is one of the oils that has a lipid content similar to that of your skin. When the skin’s lipid content becomes too low, dry and irritated skin results; topical application of apricot oil helps soothe and heal this rough, damaged skin.
- Beeswax provides a protective barrier that holds moisture in the skin.
I use a double boiler to melt the more solid oils, add the liquid oils and essential oils then I add the beeswax to finish it off. I put the mixture into cute little tins and refrigerate until it forms (not necessary but I’m inpatient) so I can carry it with me when I forget to put it on in the morning or if I feel an itchy belly coming. June 2021 I can tell you how it worked this time around after baby number 4!