First, let's clear the air. Stretch marks are totally normal. They appear on all types of bodies for all types of reasons, and there's nothing inherently wrong with them. We don't think they should be embarrassing or shameful at all (and either do celebrities like Chrissy Teigen). Essentially, what we're trying to say is that they happen, and that’s completely okay.
With that being said, some people find them annoying and pesky and would rather they fade or disappear altogether. That's okay, too. If you fall into the latter category, it can be difficult to find products that work for you. However, we bet you haven't tried this under-the-radar cream that’s currently trending on Amazon. According to InStyle UK, it has roughly 6000 five-star reviews on the retail giant's website. Curious to see what all of the fuss is about? Keep reading to learn all about this stretch mark–disappearing cream.
You're probably asking yourself what makes this shea butter so special. The answer lies in all of the fancy ingredients that it doesn't have. That's right. This is pure organic shea butter that contains absolutely no chemicals, fillers, or preservatives. It's sourced from Ghana in West Africa (a place that produces much of the world's shea butter) and remains untouched after it's filtered for impurities.
This means that all the butter remains pure and packed full of nutrients, so it's able to soak into the skin without any other additives getting in the way. They claim it can be used to treat the toughest of skin issues, including redness, eczema, and even acne, thanks to the vitamin E and A, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties that are found inside.
Simply cut off a small slice of shea butter from the rest of the block and rub it into your skin. Or, if you want to get more creative, you can mix it with essential oil or other good-for-skin ingredients to customize your own moisturizer.
One Amazon user writes, "This shea butter is the smoothest I've ever tried. I'm using it on 20+ yr old stretch marks and I can tell a difference in the elasticity of the surrounding skin and the silvery streaks are fading - not gone - but not as noticeable. I would highly recommend this product - it's got the consistency of firm play-doh but very easily melted in the hands. I will definitely be purchasing again!"
Another said, "I wish I could give this product more than just 5 stars! I've been making my own homemade lotions and butters for quite a while and this has to be the best quality Shea Butter I've ever used. It's creamy, consistent in texture and smells fabulous. … This is my new Holy Grail brand of Shea butter!"
Head over to InStyle UK to read the full article. Then, read a complete guide to stretch marks and their removal.
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