Stretch marks are really inevitable, and they're nothing to be embarassed about. These narrow streaks or stripes develop on the skin if you get pregnant or gain weight, which are both perfectly natural. Of course, some women would prefer them lighter, and as long as you don't use harmful products, then experiement until you find the right one for you. Here are some products celebs have used to prevent or fade their own marks:
When Marian got pregnant, she slathered creams and oils on her tummy. "Baka maarte lang talaga 'ko. Puro baby products ang [ginamit] ko," she told PEP.ph in an interview.
She also advised against scratching when itchy."Kapag makati, nilalagyan ko ng hot water."
“Minsan sobrang kati, tiis ka talaga. Minsan kapag hindi ko matiis, kinukurot-kurot ko na lang,” she said, laughing.
Regine's smooth tummy during her pregnancy wowed her Instagram followers. Her secret? A P170 product!
"Use virgin coconut oil lang. It's very cheap and very effective.
"I get it from the supermarket for P170 for a 300-ml bottle.
"I noticed kasi most creams medyo nalalagkitan ako. But with VCO, ina-absorb agad siya ng skin."
She has further proof, "Nagka-stretch marks ako sa likod, very minimal lang yun kasi 'di ko nalalagyan masyado ng VCO, so meaning, it's very effective kase 'yung tummy, super sipag ko lagyan, 'di nagkaroon."
The product was recommended by actress Denise Laurel, her co-star in The Better Half.
Camille recommended Sanosan’s Anti-Stretch Mark Cream.
In her interview with SmartParenting.com.ph, the new mom said, "I use it at least twice a day, and I see that it’s really effective."
Stephanie tried various products before settling on these two: Mustela Double Action Stretch Mark Cream and Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil.
The host wrote about her routine on her blog Stephaniezubiri.com. Referring to the cream, she said, "I love how easily absorbed it is and it is what I use in the evenings before going to bed. I often use it with their Extreme Hydration lotion for the rest of my body. Pregnancy hormones really dry out your skin."
With regard to the oil, "It smells absolutely divine and this is what I would use in the mornings after a shower...It’s very important to continue nourishing your skin after so that it can get back as close as possible to its original form.
"One thing I wish someone told me was to also put cream and oil on other areas of my body like my hips, my butt, and my breasts."
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.