Stretch marks are perhaps the most talked about pregnancy side-effects, and sagging skin tops the postpartum list. The other issues no one talks about? Endless! But let’s keep it light for today…
I hear about a lot of women who swear by slathering themselves with oil, everyday, ever since they find out they are pregnant, and get lucky enough not to discover what a stretch mark actually looks like. Let’s just say my diligence did not prevent me from joining the unlucky bunch. I have gone through numerous Bio Oil bottles, and when the really big and thick marks made their appearance on each of my sides, I ditched it for Shiffa Pregnancy Oil. I’m not sure if the latter actually prevented new marks from showing up, or the damage was already done by the time I started using it.
Now that stretch-mark prevention was a big failure, the baby is safely out and I’m trying not to go bonkers, I started noticing how my skin is sagging as I’m slowly shedding my rather hefty pregnancy weight. I can’t even begin to describe how that alone takes a toll on a woman’s emotions. Enter some products that have seriously helped me believe there’s hope again to get my pre-pregnancy skin back. Well, kind of.
My recipe for hope? I apply Mama Mio Boob Tube on my neck, decolletage and breasts. I mix a couple of sprays of Firming and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil from L’Occitane en Provence with a couple of pumps from the Mustela Body Restructuring Gel and massage that onto my stomach, buttocks and thighs. I then go over the same areas with Mustela Stretch Marks Intensive Action.
It’s been practically 3 months since I delivered and I can seriously say I’ve seen results. Some would argue that the body is instinctively firming back the skin and healing itself, but I’m not willing to test this claim by sitting back and not doing anything. I will continue with my concoctions, fingers crossed they continue their magic on me!