Mama's SummaryThe chemicals we use can be transferred to our placenta. Parabens have been scientifically shown to lead to several issues, such as damaged DNA, future health problems, abnormal infant growth and lower quality of breast milk. We've created a paraben-free stretch mark cream so that you can deal with your pregnancy stretch marks safely and with peace of mind!
It can be tough to find a good, paraben-free stretch mark cream. Many stretch mark creams and cosmetics that you’ll find in the market do contain parabens.
Unfortunately, this information is often written in fine print, which you probably don’t look at closely. (To be fair, almost no one does!)
While it may be fine outside of pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to pay close attention to the treatment products you use, especially during pregnancy. Harmful chemicals which you ingest or absorb can easily pass to your baby through the placenta.
When choosing a stretch mark cream, the first thing you should do is to make sure that it’s paraben-free. If you’d like to get straight to learning about our paraben-free stretch mark cream, click here to skip to a later section of this article!
Why are parabens dangerous?
Let’s start by introducing what parabens are. Parabens are antimicrobial agents used as preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.
If parabens are used frequently, this could lead to:
- Damaged DNA in infants. Parabens can cause damage to infants’ DNA, which could result in birth defects.
- Excess hormones in babies. Parabens are estrogenic, and mimic estrogen in the body. Frequent use of products with parabens can result in having excess estrogen in the baby’s body which can potentially cause cancer, endometriosis and thyroid disorders.
- Abnormalities in infant growth. Parabens can cause your child to be obese. This was supported by a study of 520 children whose mothers had used 95% paraben-containing products during pregnancy.
- Breast milk lacking nutritional value. A study showed that breastfeeding mothers who used products containing parabens before and during pregnancy had traces of parabens in their breast milk, which then affected the quality of their breast milk.
Additionally, parabens can also settle inside the body for long periods of time. In these situations, they can pose a long-term risk to your health and the health of your baby.
Parabens clearly aren’t safe for you, especially during pregnancy. If you’re looking to deal with stretch marks (or prevent them from appearing at all!), it’s best to find a Paraben-free Stretch Mark cream to stay away from harmful toxins.
A paraben-free Stretch Mark cream specially made for you
To help you deal with stretch marks without exposing yourself to parabens, we created a Stretch Mark cream that is paraben-free, alcohol-free and free of phthalates.
Apart from being free of parabens and toxins, our Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream is enriched with natural ingredients such as Lipobelle™ Soyaglycone, aloe vera, shea butter, olive oil and jojoba oil.
It helps you:
- Fade and prevent stretch marks
- Relieve itching skin
- Cool down and moisturise your skin
Here’s how our ingredients work!
You probably haven’t heard of Lipobelle™ Soyaglycone before. That’s because it’s one of the latest biochemical innovations derived from soybean! It helps boost your skin thickness by 12%, and also promotes the building of collagen to repair damaged skin and fade stretch marks.
You’ve probably used (or eaten) aloe vera before, and know about its cooling effect. We decided to put aloe vera in to help you deal with itching during pregnancy (By the way, itching can be a sign that stretch marks are about to appear!)
Shea butter is extracted from the fruit of the African Shea tree. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients to soften your skin and prevent wrinkles (and stretch marks!) from forming.
As a natural, non-greasy antioxidant, olive oil is great at protecting your skin against ageing and damage while keeping the texture of the cream smooth and non-oily.
Our jojoba oil comes from the jojoba shrub, a bush native to Mexico and parts of the United States. It doesn’t evaporate like other water-based moisturisers, which means that it can provide longer-lasting moisturisation to your skin. Jojoba oil is also filled with minerals and antioxidants to protect your skin.
If you’re in the second trimester and looking to prevent stretch marks, this ingredient is going to be really effective for you!
Remember what we shared earlier about Aloe Vera and Lipobelle™ Soyaglycone? By using our cream to build collagen and absorb antioxidants, you can reduce the risk of stretch marks appearing too! 🙂
How to use paraben-free stretch mark cream
Here’s how we recommend you use the stretch mark cream of your choice:
- Massage the cream across your belly and any other vulnerable areas every morning and night (If you’re doing this preventively, we suggest the hips and thighs as well)
- Massage in a circular motion to promote good blood flow
- Make sure to massage gently on your belly for safety
- Begin applying stretch mark cream from the second trimester, and continue for at least 6 months after pregnancy
If you’ve decided to use our stretch mark cream, great! You can always drop us a message on our social media channels or any e-commerce platforms to leave any questions you have.
Stretch mark cream is a pretty important pick-me-up for any stage of pregnancy. Whether it’s to fade your stretch marks or to protect yourself from them, we recommend that you get yourself a good, paraben-free stretch mark cream.
If you’re keen on getting one for multiple purposes, including to prevent stretch marks and relieve itching, do try out our Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream! Feel free to drop us a question on our e-commerce platforms or social media if you have any questions about it 🙂
Mama's Choice Team