Most of us have stretch marks and although they are not causing us any harm, they can be a beauty bother.

There are many creams on the market that claim to stop stretch marks in pregnancy or reduce/remove those that we already have but the evidence seems to suggest otherwise! Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for stretch marks but there are a few things that can help to prevent stretch marks or improve them slightly. We decided to put some of the most well-known stretch mark treatments under our beauty microscope to find out if they REALLY work!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion 

This is a great moisturiser packed with cocoa butter, coconut oil, palm oil and even has some vitamin E thrown in! However, studies suggest that cocoa butter, even when it is combined with vitamin E, doesn’t show any long-term improvement when it comes to stretch marks. Moisturising stretch marks is a big part of any of the treatments so for the price, as wearing a good moisturiser will help reduce the appearance of the stretch marks. So in the long run this will not make those stretch marks disappear but it will make your skin hydrated and could temporarily make your stretch marks less noticeable. We think for the price this is a good bet!

You can find Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion HERE (only £4.00!)

SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel

The active ingredient in this is Centella Asiatica, which has more evidence than many other ingredients to say that it could help us avoid stretch marks (although this is still not a lot!). It is thought to help stretch marks that are just forming as it speeds up the healing process, which means the stretch mark will not be so severe. SkinMedica also has several humectants to help hydrate skin so if you are in the early days of having stretch marks this product may be a good call.

You can find SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel HERE (£72.00) 

Clarins Stretch Mark Minimiser

This also contains Centella Asiatica to try and combat stretch marks and has ingredients to moisturise skin too such as olive oil and palm oils. The evidence says that olive oil will not help improve stretch marks but again, it will help to moisturise so all is not lost!

You can find Clarins Stretch Mark Minimiser HERE (£38.00)


This is often a go to product when it comes to stretch marks, and although we don’t think it can stop you getting stretch marks, it could help reduce the appearance of those you already have. This oil will certainly moisturise and also has camomile to prevent any inflammation. There is also some vitamin E, which is another anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. However the evidence of whether this helps stretch marks and scars is controversial. Overall if you want to improve the appearance of those stretch marks we think Bio-Oil is a fair price to try.

We have compared SkinMedica and Bio-Oil so check out the article here if you still can’t decide!

You can find Bio-Oil HERE

The Final Verdict:

All these products have one thing in common; they contain good moisturizing ingredients and moisturisation is the way to go for reducing the appearance of stretch marks! None of these products are going to make stretch marks disappear completely or totally prevent them from happening in the first place!

We think Bio-oil and Palmers Cocoa Butter are your best bet for existing stretch marks and SkinMedica or Clarins could worth a try if you have new/ just starting to get stretch marks. But don’t splash out if you have existing stretch marks, as the active ingredient won’t be much use!

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