Becoming a mother is a true transformation for any woman, both mentally and physically. Having two little ones, I have experienced this myself. During my pregnancies I used a few products to help my skin remaining elastic and moisturised (to name one, I was massaging my tummy and any needed areas after a shower with Weleda pregnancy oil).
Recently I received the strech mark oil from Mustela to try out. Although I am not pregnant (and don't plan to be either :-) ) and not suffering from any stretchmarks, I was still happy to test it.
As a french native I know Mustela very well. In France it is a really well-known brand aimed at babies and mothers. And for those UK citizens who are curious, Mustela will soon launch in the UK!
Product name: Mustela 9 months stretch marks oil
For: stretched skins
Price: 15€ for 100 ml
The beautiful body oil has been designed to prevent stretch marks that often occurs during pregnancy. The combination of natural plant oils such as nourishing baobab seed oil and regenerative rosehip oil ensures skin protection and regeneration. What is exclusive about this body oil is the presence of Lupeol extract, a patented actif ingredient that is supposed to increase collagen production and promote skin firmness. Its concentrated formula also contains pomegranate oil which is naturally rich in fatty acids (especially punicic acid) and anti-oxidants making it the ultimate repairing skin elixir.
I find the texture of this beautyfing oil really pleasant, fast absorbing but still onctuous. After showering, I like to spray a bit of oil in my hands, then warm it up, followed by a generous massage insisting on the areas more prone to a lack of elasticity such as belly, hips and legs. I cannot really comment on dramatic improvements (because I don't have the stretch marks :-) ), but I really find my skin less dry and more nourished. Although the scent is listed under "parfum", my skin tolerates the soft and fresh aroma well.
An excellent point to remember is that the usage of this oil is compatible with breastfeeding (make sure to properly clean and remove before feeding though).
I read on the package that some clinical trials were conducted on this oil, but I always take results with "pincette". I will soon explain my view regarding this in another post.
The packaging is simple and nothing really fancy. Well, that is what I expect from french "pharmacy" brands anyway.
Mineral oil-free and silicone-free, award winning "Victoire de la beaute 2013/2014"and pricing at around 15 euros, I think this oil is a perfect beauty tool for mamas and mamas to be and actually any of you (and me!) who definitely need lots of pampering... so great choice mesdames!
++ super soothing
- packaging not really glamorous
My overal rating: 8.5/10
Composition: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, parfum (fragance), tocopherol, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil, Lupinus albus (white lupin) seed extract.
Do you know Mustela? do you like body oils?