Of course stretch marks are natural and not wanting them a matter of vanity, but since when has anyone not wanted to look their best anyway! Men have higher levels of collagen, the compound behind giving skin its firmness, so they’re less prone – but certainly not immune – to these marks. However it affects more women than men because hormonal fluctuations also play a role, as do growth spurts. Growth spurts happen during pregnancy, weight gain and then the skin has to shrink again when the weight is shed. This is what causes stripes.
Today we review Thalgo Stretch Mark Cream which promises to smooth the skin’s surface and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
- Marine Collagen
- Marine Elastin
- Centella Asiatica plant
- Tamanu oil
- Wheatgerm oil
- Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E)
Marine collagen and elastin help with fibroblasts, which keeps the skin smooth, so help prevent new marks from forming. Centella provides nutrition to the connective tissue which keeps skin firm. Tamanu oil hydrates, softens and rebuilds skin as does wheatgerm oil, which also prevents cell aging. Vitamin E is known to nourish and protect skin.
Apply the cream daily during pregnancy and until your period returns. Use it intensively.
A 5.07 ounce tube retails for $40 on the Thalgo website. There are no discounts but this purchase does qualify you for free shipping.
You must return your product within 45 days of the shipment date, and it must be at least 75% full. Your receipt must accompany your return and you must send it by trackable parcel. Your purchase price minus shipping fees are refundable.
Thalgo Stretch Mark Cream Review – Conclusion
The proof is in the pudding and consumers are not rating this highly. This is not surprising, given the dosage directions which appear to imply that the cream is better at preventing stretch marks and reducing it once already visible. A few good ingredients, especially collagen, make for a formula that is not entirely useless. But as beautifully marketed as the product may be, and as luxe and high end as it may seem, it lacks some of the fundamentals, most notably – silicone. This is a high risk purchase considering that you can only use 25% of the tube before invoking the returns policy. Often, genuine results take longer to ascertain. In any event, while the cream may work well on mild blemishes, the formula is not persuasive.