As my blog name would suggest, one of the major pitfalls of pregnancy is the dreaded STRETCHMARK!!!
I had been lucky enough to escape these and was becoming rather smug about being several months into pregnancy without having any....but alas, they eventually appeared!
I found my first one about 2 weeks ago on my lower tummy, and have found a few more since in various places! They are pretty extreme ones too!
So I was more than happy to try out the new Maternicare Pre & Post Natal Nourishing Cream.
Maternicare has been developed by pregnancy skincare experts, and contains pro-vitamin B5, almond, avacado and grape seed oils, vitamin E and soothing calendula.
The benefits of Pro Vitamin B5 are listed as:
* Reducing the amount of water lost through the skin
* Improving softness and elasticity of the skin
* Acting as a natural skin healer and protectant
* Relieving itchiness and reducing redness
* Enhancing the repair of the skin barrier; wounds treated with pro-vitamin B5 have been shown to have more solid and elastic tissue
My first impression of the cream was that it's very lightly scented, which I find appealing as I am using the product for its healing properties - not to be covered in a fragrance!
The cream is nice and thick, so very easy to apply - it takes only seconds to dry and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky which means I can apply it before bed without any discomfort.
I have been using the cream twice daily for about 2 weeks now, and although my stretchmarks don't appear to have reduced (which I'm sure is to be expected given that my bump is still growing and its only been two weeks!) I do feel that my skin is softer and the itching sensation has certainly eased since I began using Maternicare.
Maternicare was released this month and is available from Boots and other pharmacies at £14.99 for a 200ml bottle.
For more information on skincare during the different stages of pregnancy, you can visit www.maternicare.com
I was sent a bottle of Maternicare for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.