“ Brand: Boots / Type: Pampering Products „
When I joined the Boots Parenting club, I received a ton of vouchers which were either money off vouchers or vouchers to receive free products. One of the vouchers was for a free tube of Boots Antenatal Massage Cream. I can't remember how much it cost at the time and it isn't sold anymore in Boots stores. At the time I received the voucher, I didn't have any stretchmarks but I went and redeemed the voucher anyway and put the cream to the back of the cupboard just in case. It came in a 125g tube which was white in colour with a pregnant woman's belly on the front and the Boots logo with what the product was underneath. The tube had a flip lid for ease of getting the cream out. The cream was aimed at the stetchmark area of pregnancy. I tried every stretchmark cream available whilst I was pregnant and none of them worked. I remembered having this cream in the cupboard after many failed efforts and decided to give this one a try seeing as it hadn't cost me anything it was worth a shot. The back of the tube said that the best places to put the cream were the breasts, belly, hips and thighs. The cream was easy to dispense from the tube, just a case of squeexing it like a tube of toothpaste. The cream when it came out was white and looked similar to E45 cream. It had a faint scent of cocoa butter and I was already resigned to the fact that this probably, like all the others I had tried before it, would not work. When I applied the cream to my belly the first thing I noticed was that the cream felt very cool against my skin but it was also really sticky. It felt horrible. I used about a fingertip covered with cream and rubbed it in but the cream was not at absorbant and I found that I ended up having to wipe the remainder of the cream off of my belly with tissue. The cream was greasy and just left my skin feeling horrible and "wet". I didn't use the cream again after that. I haven't seen this cream in Boots stores for a couple of years now and I think it is because it really was just a bad mixture. It didn't do anything for my skin at all though I did only use it the once but once was more than enough to put me off.
I bought various creams and gels when I was pregnant with my first baby, as I really didn't want to end up covered in stretch marks. I used them on and off (when I actually remembered!!), but never really stuck to any sort of routine. In fact I probably only used them for one month in total, out of the whole nine months pregnancy!! I never have been very strict with myself. I got on with enjoying my pregnancy, and didn't really think much about stretch marks, until my midwife commented on the fact that I didn't have any!!! This was quite near the end of my pregnancy, so I sort of assumed that maybe my bump wasn't as big as some people's get!!! Anyway, after passing my due date by three whole weeks, becoming absolutely huge, and then having an 11lb 7oz baby.......I Still had no major stretch marks! Ok, there were a few small marks low down on my tummy, but they were hardly noticable!! I think you either have skin that will stretch or skin that wont!! if you have the latter...then maybe no amount of cream or gel would help!! I'm now nearly 36 weeks pregnant with baby no 2, still have no stretch marks to speak of, and I haven't bought any creams or gels at all this time!! I wouldn't really recommend these creams or gels are they can be quite pricey, and don't necessarily do anything for you!!
I bought the boots gel for my pregnancy to help prevent those dreaded stretch marks. i used it for a few weeks but i really disliked the stickness that it left on my skin so i stopped using it. unfortunately this was the biggest misstake of my life as i am now covered in stretchmarks, belly legs and thighs! So even though it leaves youre skin feeling unsticky i would definately recommend this product to expectant mummys - dont make the same mistake as me try to put up with the stickiness if your body is more important in the long run!
A friend of mine bought me this cream on my first pregnancy, I did as the instructions said and used it daily rubbing it onto all the places likely to be affected. It had a lovely smell and texture and seemed to moisturise well, but sadly it didn't do it's job. At about 6 months into my pregnancy all these lines started appearing on my stomach (luckily only my stomach). On my second pregnancy I did the same again but with another brand, I got more stretch marks on my stomach and aquired more on other parts of my body. I don't believe these creams work, they may limit the amount of stretch marks you will have (I have too many to count) but at the end of the day I think it depends on the type of skin an individual has and how elastic it is!
Hardly any stretchmarks in 2 pregnancies using this cream. What more can I say? Well, dooyoo would like me to expand on this opinion and say at least 75 words, so I guess I'd better explain myself a bit. I got hold of this cream when first pregnant. You are supposed to massage it into belly, hips and thighs (I also used on bust) from the early stages of pregnancy and on for 3 months postnatally. I used it diligently throughout my first pregnancy and had only a couple (literally) of stretchmarks despite gaining almost 3 stone in weight, a stone of which was in the last month. In my second pregnancy I admit I was a bit lax and didn't always remember. Although I gained only 1 1/2 stone in that pregnancy, I have far more stretch marks. Draw your own conclusions from that. The cream itself is lovely and thick, much richer than a normal moisturiser. It has a lovely subtle scent, and also lasts a long time. I would estimate that each tube lasted at least a month. If nothing else, it made my skin feel very soft and silky, and I enjoyed those few minutes at the end of the day, pampering myself.