Stretch marks cramping your style, mama? Here’s a list of services and products that’ll help get rid of them.
With even ASOS recently refusing to airbrush their models, stretch marks are the new normal! Weight loss and gain, childbirth (or not), and hormones all play a significant role in the formation of these scars. Does your own mama sport these lines of honour? Genetics can up your chances of getting them (or not), so if she does, you probably will too! It’s believed that up to 90% of women get stretch marks during pregnancy, in fact!
With that said, technology and science have opened doors to treating stretch marks like never before! From super cool laser treatments to the use of good ol’ Cocoa Butter, there are plenty of options when it comes to fighting stretch marks. Our handy guide will take you through the best of the best, so you never have to worry about marks and all things stretchy for a while, mama!
Bikinis at the ready! Are you looking to erase stretch marks before your next beach holiday? EstheClinic offer innovative aesthetic treatments that are painless, non-invasive and extremely effective. Their Smooth Beginnings Stretchmarks Treatment uses LED photomodulation that combines with radiofrequency to boost cellular metabolism, regenerate cells and lead to a gradual and sustained dermal-epidermal restructuring of damaged tissue.
In simple terms, the procedure flattens stretch marks and encourages collagen production, resulting in tightened, firmer and smoother looking skin. The price is right, too! Generally 10-20 treatments are recommended for the best results.
CENTRAL: 72 Tras Street ,Singapore, 079011, Tel: (+65) 6221 4797
WEST: 44 Rochester Park, Singapore 139248, Tel: (+65) 6254 9913
EAST: 424 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427643, Tel:(+65) 6344 0121
Fractional laser resurfacing with the Lutronic treatment is one of the more popular (and tested) treatments in the market today. Expect microbeams of laser energy targeted in a pattern to allow for optimum heat dissipation, leaving areas of skin unharmed to boost rapid wound healing. As the body heals these micro injuries, new collagen is formed, thus repairing skin and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. While you will see some difference after the first treatment, Dr Chan may recommend a series of sittings based on the severity of your skin or how long you’ve had the stretch marks. FDA-approved and minimally invasive – what’s not to love!
Sassy Mamas can pay just $400 per session; no consultation fees.
Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, 501 Orchard Rd #05-11, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880 Phone: +65 6732 4981, www.drcalvinchan.com
We are all for non-invasive treatments, and the Cellulite Smoothie from Privé Aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for our stretch mark concerns. An advanced treatment designed by doctors, body shaping and tightening treatment utilizes high energy radio frequency to strengthen collage production as well as improve blood circulation and facilitate waste drainage. Results? Improved skin laxity, fewer wrinkles and reshaping of fat deposits – just what we need!
Get the lauded Cellulite Smoothie treatment @ $68nett for a 30-minute session when you quote SASSYMAMA. Terms and conditions apply.
390 Orchard Road #03-02 Palais Renaissance Singapore 238871, Tel: (+65) 6737 0755
23 Serangoon Central, #02-27 Nex, Singapore 556083, Tel: (+65) 6509 0098
Banishing stretch marks? We like the sound of that! The treatment uses patented dual laser technologies to regenerate the skin, diminishing stretchmarks by enforcing new collagen growth. Working from the outside and inside (ablative and nonablative patented lasers), it ensures new skin cell turnover from within. Take heart ladies; firmer, more youthful and smoother skin is but a few weeks away.
Dr Vanessa Phua at David Loh Surgery, 501 Orchard Road, #05-16, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880, Tel: (+65) 6733 5300, www.drvanessaphua.com
From Kim Kardashian to former Spice Girl Mel B, the healing properties of Bio Oil have a legion of mommy fans. Recommended by doctors and midwives alike, it is the no. 1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 24 countries around the world (including Singapore). And here’s the proof – 100% of users in a clinical study reported improvement after just 8 weeks of using the oil! Aside from helping reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and ageing skin, all thanks to its key ingredient PurCellin Oil™, the formulation is light and non-greasy, making it quite the beauty wardrobe staple. All at a fab price!
Psst, a little bit on your hair every day, and you will even get the mane of your dreams!
Calling all Mama Bees! A powerful combination of Cocoa, Shea and Jojoba butters, this fragrance-free product promises to keep your belly feeling soft and super smooth, both before and after bubba arrives. With NO parabens, petrolatum, SLS or nasties, the natural formula is creamy and smooth and will provide plenty of chemical-free moisture for all and any type of stretch marks and scars.
No stretch mark roundup would be complete without mentioning this best-seller from Clarins. Expensive but oh-so-good, it helps reduce marks by increasing collagen production – producing almost the same result as clinical aesthetic treatments. Rich, non-oily, fragrance and colour-free, it also makes for a great massage base alternative to Jamu during your postnatal recovery.
Find it: $95 at Clarins
If you’re feeling truly indulgent, mama, this celeb fave is renowned for its sumptuous moisturising properties, which just happens to be the #1 tip doctors recommend for staving off the appearance of stretch marks. It contains La Mer’s famous nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, and when massaged into the skin it does wonders to improve circulation.
Find it: $330 at Tangs
Famous for its ability to make skin softer and smoother, almond oil’s popularity with celebs dates back to Cleopatra herself! Almond Supple Skin Oil by L’occitane is an ideal combination of both almond (50%) and camelina oils, which ensure that skin gets supple and firmer, too – perfect for those stretch marks! Light and easy to absorb, you are sure to love the subtle, satiny glow this oil leaves behind. The fragrance? Soft and lingering, reason enough to buy it anyway, we think!
Find it: $75 at L’occitane
Hypoallergenic, paraben-free and containing 100% pure Cocoa Butter, this legendary stretch mark solution is a drugstore must-have. A special blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and Almond Oil (amongst other ingredients) provides the much-needed hydration and moisturizing that helps smooth out marks. This specific lotion formula is especially great for our tropical climate – light and non-greasy! Palmer’s also offers a special Stretch Marks Massage Cream.
If you adore natural beauty products, this homegrown brand is a must-try. Chemical free and 100% natural, the Stretch Mark Ointment by Wild Products is designed to take care of your skin both pre-and post-pregnancy. Along with potent Shea Butter Oil (50%), there’s also the extra power of Vitamin E, Mango Butter and essential oils such as Tangerine and Lavender to prevent and reduce stretch marks.
Find it: $24 at Sephora
Lead image courtesy of EsthéClinic. Brought to you in partnership with EsthéClinic, Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, Privé Aesthetics, Dr Vanessa Phua and Bio Oil