Why Do Stretch Marks Occur To Begin With?
There are really only two reasons why stretch marks can develop in the first place. Either due to a hormonal change in the body or a stressing of the skin due to increased body mass. Both of these occur during pregnancy, which is why they are so common for mothers. Myself included…
The increase in cortisol secretion during pregnancy (a hormone produced by the adrenal gland), has been shown to decrease the skins natural elasticity. Combined with the stretching of the skin due to additional size & weight as the baby grows, almost always leads to skin tears to some degree.
What Do Pregnancy/Regular Stretch Marks Actually Look Like?
Stretch marks will usually appear as linear, thinned skin which can be found on the abdomen, breasts, hips & thighs. If viewed up close, these lines will in fact be seen as scar tissue. This comes with a slight discoloring in most cases due to a thinned epidermis layer exposing more of the blood vessels within the skin.
If you already have some stretch marks on your body, you don’t need me to tell you how self-conscious they can make you feel. I couldn’t wear a bikini for nearly a year after my first born. The prominence of the marks on my belly made me want to cover up forever!
Is There Really A Home Remedy For Stretch Marks That Works?
Let’s be honest. You can go the surgical and invasive route and opt for dermabrasion or laser resurfacing treatment. However this is undoubtedly the more expensive and painful option. I have watched a friend go through a collagen remodeling procedure and it’s horrible!
If you are anything like me (rather more squeamish), you will be looking for a more natural and home based remedy for your battle scars. Fortunately for us, this is where the topological creams come in…
Revitol Stretch Mark Cream Review
Firstly, it is important to point out that the Revitol Stretch Mark cream is one in a long line of top products from the Revitol range. They have been one of my go-to skin care brands over the years, (their eye cream & oatmeal exfoliator are amazing). So calling on them for my stretch mark solution was a no-brainer!
What I like so much about this product is that it is essentially a 2-in-1 solution. Most creams out there will either be a stretch mark prevention aid, or a reduction measure once you have already developed them. The stretch mark cream from Revitol does both!
How This Lotion Treatment Actually Works
As I just mentioned, the first purpose of this cream is prevention. It does this through increasing the production of collagen and elastin within the middle dermis layer. This improves both the strength and elasticity of the skin, reducing the likelihood of any lines appearing in the first place.
The second purpose is reducing the appearance of existing stretch marks. Again, the Revitol cream increases collagen (along with promoting overall skin health) which heavily diminishes the severity of existing lesions and cavities in the skin. A god send to those who already have these unsighlty lines!
Active Ingredients (All Natural)
In essence, improving the skins ability to withstand stretch marks & repair them (like skin scare in general), is about returning the skin to its youthful and vibrant state as much as possible. To bring back the firmness and elasticity via collagen production and repair. This is most efficiently achieved by the use of natural flexibility enhancers such as Squalene and Vitamin E.
1. Squalene Oil – Squalene is a naturally occurring compound which was historically found in fish & shark oils during the early 1900’s. However today we derive it from olive oil instead. This plant-based source is not only more potent, but entirely crulty free!
Squalene oil is used as it has been shown to increase the bodies natural healing properties as well as promote more healthy hair & skin in general.
2. Vitamin E – Is the next major compound found in this product. The inclusion of effective anti-oxidants within skin care products is essential, and Vitamin E is the daddy! There are many benefits of Vitamin E supplementation such as improved cholesterol & hormonal balance, as well as improved bone density.
However, right now we are concerned with the benefits to the skin. Vitamin E is no slouch in this department as it greatly improves the ability of cell membranes in the epidermis to regenerate.
3. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is a also must for pretty much any skin care product. The natural wound healing & skin soothing properties are of great help for us when it comes to stretch mark treatment. You can tick this one off 🙂
4. DL-Panthenol – Once again derived from plant sources, this natural compound helps moisture retention in the skin. It is easily absorbed into the skin where DL-Panthenol is converted to Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), again critical for both hair and skin health.
Other notable mentions:
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D3
**These additional compounds contain large amounts of disease-fighting, free-radical eliminating antioxidants and phytonutrients called bioflavonoids. One of which is hesperidin (found in citrus fruits), a well-known natural immune system stimulator, and booster**
Is Revitol Cream Side Effect Free?
Unfortunately, the days of chemically laden skin care & cosmetic products are still not totally behind us. However, what I like so much about the Revitol range, is that their products are almost entirely based on 100% natural ingredients. Finding such a product which also demonstrates high efficacy levels (I.e. actually works) is incredibly rare.
Whilst the Revitol Stretch Mark Cream is designed with even the most sensitive skin in mind, there is always the small possibility of an adverse effect. Someone may have an allergic reaction to aloe vera for instance. However, there are no reported cases of anyone experiencing severe side effects from applying the cream to date.
Is It Safe For Developing Babies?
Whilst the likelihood of any natural topical cream or ointment adversely effecting an unborn baby are extremely slim, it is still a very important question to pose. The Revitol creators are all to aware of this, especially with this Stretch Mark Cream, as its use by pregnant women is so prevalent.
Creams DO NOT enter the bloodstream on application, so there is no exposure to the baby. This also applies to breast feeding moms, who often fear something they are using could be finding its way into their breast milk.
Revitol is also a member of the Natural Products Association which ensures that all ingredients are 100% natural and FDA approved. Which is an added peace of mind.
What Others Are Saying About This One…
“So one of my good friends from my Lamaze class told me after her first kid she used Revitol stretch mark cream because it was the only thing that worked. I trusted her and bought some as she always looked so incredible. What she didn’t tell me is that it was going to get rid of my pregnancy marks in like… probably 10 days? I don’t remember exactly, I just remember being blown away by how quickly it worked!” – Danielle L
“What an incredible product. I originally got the Revitol Cream after doing some research into the best formula. Everything that the study said should be in a cream, I found in this product – so I pulled the trigger and ordered some. My breast stretch marks have been there since I was like 20 years old. It took it a couple weeks and it was like they were never there. Just goes to show that a good product with good ingredients can do anything :)” – Katie M
“Let me start by saying this absolutely works on me. I’m a guy, by the way, and I lost about 70 pounds in the last year. Unfortunately exercise doesn’t get rid of stretch marks. I found Revitol through a friend and it works flawlessly. I want more of it, but it’s always sold out. When they fix this I’ll give it 5 stars!” – David
Final Verdict: Is Revitol Stretch Cream Worth It?
I am all for feeling comfortable in your own skin, however it may look. Ultimately a person’s confidence should be derived from within. However that doesn’t mean we have to deal with prominent lines and marks on our stomachs, breast & hips if we don’t have to…
Fortunately, this magical blue bottle is able to help with just that! Don’t expect it to magically disappear any existing stretch marks over night though. It will require some time and consistency to obtain results you are looking for. I would say it took me around 3 weeks of 2-3 applications a day to notice a 50% reduction in my belly lesions.
The last thing I would point out is the product smell. It is certainly not bad. In fact its very neutral due to the lack of chemical color or sent enhancers. For me that’s totally fine, others need their products to smell amazing. This is the only reason I can’t give this one a full 5 stars!
Final Rating: 4 stars
**Current Discount** If you order direct from the Revitol website (listed below) you can receive 1-2 bottles free depending on how many you order. This is not offered by the other retailers who supply it (Amazon etc).
Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention F.A.Q
Q: How long does the cream take to work?
A: For me it took around 3 weeks to start seeing significant results (for others it can be faster)
Q: Is there a money back guarantee with this product?
A: Yes. Revitol always offers a 100%, 90-day satisfaction money back guarantee.
Q: Where to buy Revitol Stretch Mark cream?
A: You can get it directly from the manufacturers website here.
– Kat Maxwell