I’ve always had stretch marks. In my early teens, I was a pudgy thing and stretch marks made their way up and down my thighs and hips. Around 16, I lost a ton of weight and my stretch marks pretty much disappeared. But, fast forward to adulthood and you’ll see my weight go up and down repeatedly over the years. And go forward just a smidge more to 2012 and pregnancy. I gained 55 lbs during pregnancy and my stretch marks were at their worst post partum. What else got worst post partum? The bags under my eyes. I NEVER had bags under my eyes before. But when you have a kid who will fight sleep until 11pm and wake up with the sun almost every day, you’ll get bags under your eyes too.
Don’t get me wrong. I love me. And I love what my tiger strips represent. The nine months of pregnancy. The growth and development of this amazing child inside of me. The 19 hours of labor I went through. And the last 18 months of watching this kid grow. But, having these stretch marks makes me a bit self conscious of my body (combined with the massive scar I have running from my belly button to bikini line from a spinal fusion I had in 2010). My stomach is not cute.
I tried cocoa butter but didn’t even see an inkling of a change in my scar and stretch marks. But then I got my hands on Body Merry Stretch Mark cream.
I was skeptical at first but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out. So I did. Every day, once a day after my shower. A giant dollop across my stomachs and hips.
The first thing that hit me about the product was the smell. Initially, the smell of cocoa butter was a bit overwhelming but once it was rubbed in, it wasn’t noticeable at all. It has a great consistency, too – super thick, but not unmanageable. I’ve used it for about 2 weeks now and I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my scar and stretch marks. Like a doofus, I forgot to take a picture but trust me when I say that my stomach and hips were covered in stripes but now, the ones on my stomach are barely visible. My surgical scar has faded quite a bit too but I never expect it to go away (it was a bad cut).The stretch marks on my sides have also faded considerably.
Why is this working so well? Check out the ingredients:
Organic Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamins E + C + B3 + B5, Sunflower Seed Oil, Plant Stem Cells, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Gotu Kala, Algae Extract and Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract.
A natural solution with ingredients I can pronounce. Do I expect the stretch marks to go away completely? No. Am I going to continue using it? Yes. Let’s see how much more I can make my stripes fade.
Considering how good the stretch mark cream was for me, I had high hopes for the eye cream and it didn’t disappoint.
Again – the ingredients: According to the Amazon page, some of the ingredients are Peptide Complex + Amino Acid Emulsification + Antioxidants + Hyaluronic Acid + Retinol + Vitamin C (2 types!) + Vitamin E + Vitamin B5 + Aloe + Rose Hip Oil + Jojoba Oil + Coconut Oil + Beeswax + Cranberry + Licorice + Sunflower Oil + Borage Oil + Flaxseed Oil + Evening Primrose Oil + Lavender + Calendula + Chamomile + Witch Hazel + Glycolic Acid + MSM + Cocoa Butter + Cucumber + Green Tea + Bearberry + Blueberry + Oregon Grape + Eyebright + Coenzyme Q10 + Lemon + Lemongrass + Apple + Sugarcane + Grapeseed Oil + Macadamia Nut Oil + Palm Oil + Tamanu Oil + Raspberry Seed Oil + Avocado Oil.
I loved this eye cream. It was light and only a tiny amount was needed. I used it daily, just like the stretch mark cream, every morning. And darn if I didn’t see a difference super fast! I’ve never done anything for the bags under my eyes, because I didn’t think anything could be done other than getting a bit more sleep. Boy, was I wrong. The improvement is clear. Thankfully I remembered to take a before and after pic. Both pics were taken first thing in the morning. The before picture was about 2 weeks ago and the after picture was this very morning. The lighting is different in the pix, but tell me that you don’t see a difference. (Before is on the left and after on the right).
I’m sold. I’m definitely going to continue using this product.
***Note: This product was provided to me for free in exchange for a review.***