If you’ve had babies or gained and lost weight, you likely count yourself among the women who constantly conceal or try to get rid of stretch marks. I’m with you. That patch of skin that would be seen just above a bikini hasn’t been in the sun for eons.
I’ve always been skeptical about stretch-mark creams. A stretch mark forms when the dermis tears because the fat or muscle beneath the skin is growing faster than the skin itself. That’s some serious structural change. The result is unsightly silver or red lines of various widths that can evolve over time. And they hang around for a while—sometimes forever, it seems.
So when Apothederm presented its Stretch Mark Cream that reduces the appearance of stretch marks in just two weeks, I had to wonder if it worked. After all, its clinical studies found that 70 percent of subjects saw a reduction in those for 14 days, and 90 percent saw improvement after 12 weeks.
So for the past two weeks, I’ve been slathering on the silky, easily absorbable cream. The powerful ingredients that include peptides, resveratrol, licorice extract, algae extract and sodium hyaluronate went to work. I liked the hydrating emollient enough that I spread it around to other areas just for good measure. Sure enough, after my 14 days, my skin was a little bit smoother and definitely healthier looking. The formula is said to also prevent stretch marks from forming, so it may be worth a try for those of you who might be planning on expanding your families.