To deal with this problem, I turned to some of my favorite former pregnant ladies -- namely, my mom and sister. Both swore that the best thing to do was to get a hold of some cocoa butter and basically roll around in the stuff. I tried Palmer's, because I am, as we have previously discussed, almost horrifyingly cheap when I have the option.
Does It Work?
From that perspective, this stuff is straight-up amazing. My goal was to diminish the appearance of some faint stretch marks on my hips, and after a week or two of reasonably religious use, I really couldn't see them clearly unless I was looking. And again, if someone is that close to your hips, they're probably not scanning for blemishes. One hopes, anyway.
As an aside, if you're really eager to get rid of stretch marks, and over-the-counter products won't do, you can try retinol creams or lasers, but I'm always a big fan of giving the cheap option a shot before moving on to pricier methods.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
Ease of Use:
Again, because you're not so much getting rid of something as making it less obvious, this product works best if you use it regularly -- at least once a day works for me. There is some anecdotal evidence among my informal testers that using Palmer's Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks will actually help prevent the formation of the little buggers to begin with, and while I can't swear to that, it seems worth a try. The worst that can happen is you'll smell delicious and have well-hydrated skin, and that ain't bad.
Bang for Your Buck:
Price: $5 - 10.
Is It Worth It? Absolutely. It's one of my personal favorite cheapo products, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's dealing with stretch marks. It's a great thing to have on hand early in a pregnancy, or any time you're losing or gaining weight.*
*Here is your obligatory disclaimer: I'm not at all recommending you attempt to gain or lose weight rapidly. The best course of action is obviously to maintain a healthy weight. But if we could do that, we wouldn't need cosmetic help, and then where would beauty bloggers be? Think of the beauty bloggers, people.