I refuse to have a tiger striped belly from this pregnancy. I refuse.
Everyone’s saying stretchmarks are hereditary, but I refuse to believe it. I REFUSE!
I’ve heard that if you scratch your belly you increase the likelihood of getting those evil little bastards and that if you don’t moisturize regularly as your belly grows those demons will pop up…so I’ve declared war.
I’m combating stretch marks by lubing up my belly, butt, thighs, back, sides, boobs with anything I can get my hands on! OK, not ANYTHING…*puts crisco back on shelf*
Now, ya know I’m trying to do the all natural/organic thing from now on so my options are slimmer.
My ammunition for this war is as follows:
- coconut oil – my fave!
- raw cocoa butter – great!
- olive oil – never used alone! (The link isn’t to the brand I use, I buy whichever is cheapest for skin/hair, only use quality olive oil for food)
*Warm and melt/mix these 3 together and let set in the fridge for a nice body butter!
I started out using my regular old Jergens with shea but I’d be dry tight and itchy really soon after. (Plus I’ll have to drop this once I use it up since it’s far from all-natural. So I started sealing with coconut oil (like I do w/ my hair) afterward. That works well at night, but I don’t want to be a slippery oily mess in the mornings for work.
I may try whipping up some of my shea mixture I used on my hair in the past for my ammunition stash.
I’ve heard great things about this product too:
But I’ve never tried it. Have you?
A friend of mine is getting a nice mix made for us of cocoa butter, vitamin e, olive oil, and coconut oil….and some other ingredients I forgot. So I’ll be slathering that on as soon as I get it.
What did you use to avoid stretch marks? How’d it work for you? Any all-natural ideas for me? Did you avoid scratching? Anything you know of to prevent the itchies?!