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very tight skin- are bio oils etc worth it?

(35 Posts)
feekerry Fri 14-Oct-11 19:04:50

I'm 18 weeks and bump is fast growing. By the end of the day my skin is so tight its uncomfortable. To the point where if I take a deep breath or cough I literally think i'm going to pop. Do oils or butters make a difference and help my skin stretch? Not really bothered about stretch marks just want my skin to stretch a bit easier and not feel its about to rip!

RockChick1984 Fri 14-Oct-11 19:12:00

They made my skin feel much more comfortable, expensive ones are no better than just either baby oil or cocoa butter though in my opinion. I used whatever was to hand (started off with the expensive ones as I had some as gifts) but when they ran out I found the cheaper alternatives at least as good, possibly better as I felt I could use loads at a time, bio oil etc made me feel I should only use a bit as it's much more expensive!

Trills Fri 14-Oct-11 19:13:49

Bio oil smells very nice. But in terms of moisturising I think sunflower oil would probably do the same thing. Or baby oil if you don't want to smell like chips grin

kiki22 Fri 14-Oct-11 19:22:05

I use Bio Oil and have done since the start as i'm very prone to stretch marks and it has been great i'm 25 weeks and don't have any at all yet and my skin feels great on my belly, i've heard lots of people talk about tight and uncomfortable skin but i've not had any problems with it (i'm huge btw). It is expensive i think about £15 for the big bottle but i've had it since 7 weeks and has just under half left as you don't need much.

you can put it in your bath as well just 2 or 3 drops.

feekerry Fri 14-Oct-11 19:44:40

I think it doesn't help that I haven't moisturised at all really as i'm totally put off as i've gone super hairy on my belly and rubbing cream into it is just odd. Lol.

knitterati Fri 14-Oct-11 19:52:53

I'm using some mamma mio stretch oil - expensive but smells lovely & lemony!

That said, you don't need to go expensive - my mum just used some johnsons baby lotion in her day and she only had 2 stretchmarks! Think anything to moisturise will help!

SleepyFergus Fri 14-Oct-11 20:00:05

I used a Sainbos own body butter (which smelled divine and I've never been able to get it since having DD 2 years ago). Slathered it on every morning after a shower and my tummy was as supple and soft as a ripe peach (if I do say so myself)

Save your pennies, buy a nice smelling supermarket butter and you'll be fine!

Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy, it's a lovely stage you're at now!

SleepyFergus Fri 14-Oct-11 20:00:51

Body butter that is, not flora or utterly butterly or anything....wink

feekerry Fri 14-Oct-11 20:12:50

Thanks. I hear asda do some nice butters- of the non clover type grin

edwinbear Fri 14-Oct-11 20:24:41

I used The Sanctuary Mum to Be oil with DS and had no stretch marks, am now 35 weeks with DC2 and used the same one and don't have any yet so am keeping my fingers crossed.

MissRee Fri 14-Oct-11 20:56:09

Bodyshop has an offer on all their body butters - buy one, get 50% off a second.

Chynah Fri 14-Oct-11 21:39:38

I moisturise after every shower etc anyway but during pregnancy I used Palmers cocoa butter after showers/baths and bio oil before bed. No pregnancy stretchmarks either time although I didn't put on much weight either time which probably helped too.

cravingcake Sat 15-Oct-11 12:38:18

I am prone to stretch marks (have a lovely collection at the top of my thighs thanks to puberty) so was recommended Bio Oil. I've been slathering it on daily from about 10 weeks, along with nice moisturiser/body butters that I wanted to use up.

Thought I'd done so well and then overnight at around 34 weeks my original stretch marks had babies of their own and now have more climbing up my hips, along with a nice zebra impression on the front of my (huge) bump.

I would say if you are not bothered about stretch marks then just use whatever nice moisturiser or body butter you like as it will help the skin (mine is lovely and soft).

Trills Sat 15-Oct-11 12:43:53

You're not alone cravingcake - I have lots of my hips, thighs and bum from puberty. I quite like my tiger stripes in a way.

nickelbabe Sat 15-Oct-11 12:45:58

glad someone else is having the same problems.
I'm 34 weeks now, and for the past couple of weeks, my skin has felt stretched to bursting.
It feels really bruised, too, so I have tried Arnica hand cream grin

I only had a sample, though, but it smelled nice and felt goooooooood.

didn't know about oil, so I might investigate that too (have a little samply bottle of baby oil)

louby86 Sat 15-Oct-11 12:49:28

I've been feeling like that too. Been getting strange looks from my husband when I tell him I feel like I'm going to burst! My SIL bought me a massage bar from lush and it's not felt as bad since then and I can tell when I haven't used it. I'm not buying any of the expensive ones though, like you if I get stretch marks I get them it's just the feeling uncomfortable I wanted to do something about!

RickGhastley Sat 15-Oct-11 12:49:56

If you want to try Bio Oil get it off Amazon, much cheaper than high street.

I used it with DS1 (no stretch marks despite being under consultant care for ENORMOUS BABY) now 24 weeks with DC2 and it's doing the trick again!

Tip- don't just moisturise your stomach, do your boobs, hips and bottom aswell, these bits stretch too when you are PG!

starjules Sat 15-Oct-11 13:02:07

Asda do a maternity stretch mark oil and a cream i use the cream in the morning and the oil at night and they are £2.50 for 2. I started off on bio oil but I prefer the Asda ones!

Hotpotpie Sat 15-Oct-11 14:30:26

feekerry I can totally sympathise with the hairy belly, its so bloody unattractive isnt it! I also have a collection of stretch marks on my hip that looks like a picket fence - Im feverishly lathering myself with a collection of everything with no great difference so far sad

Mother keeps calling them my baby war wounds hmm

brighthair Sat 15-Oct-11 16:54:35

I have stretch marks that get really itchy and tight despite not being pregnant grin
Therapy massage bar from Lush is lovely and safe in pregnancy or palmers cocoa butter

Rikalaily Sat 15-Oct-11 16:58:34

HomeBargains sell bio-oil under a different name and it's just as good as the 'bio-oil' brand but a fraction of the price. I had a 2nd degree burn on my arm and used it from about a week after it happened, I barely have a mark there now, not even an indent where the bottom layer of skin came off.

I wish I'd known about the stuff years ago with pregnancies 2 & 3, I'm covered in massive stretchmarks, lol.

SleepyFergus Sat 15-Oct-11 17:03:11

I think some people are more prone to stretch marks regardless of how much moisturising you do. Im sure I read you either get them or you don't, and there's not much you can do to stop them if you're going to get them.....

Just to save anyone spending a fortune on 'specialised' creams.

feekerry Sat 15-Oct-11 18:14:52

Just to clarify i'm not really that bothered about stretch marks, if I get them then so be it- its more the close to ripping tight skin that is uncomfortable and bog standard creams dont seem to be cutting it. Would rather not splash out on bio oil, just a really decent butter would do. Maybe body shop or palmers. Tho the bio oil does seem to get some good reviews. . .

twogirls1more Sat 15-Oct-11 18:42:53

I swear by Bio Oil! Worth every penny I reckon and even a small bottle seems to last ages! I'm on pregnancy no.4 and whilst I got a few stretch marks (below my belly button), in my 2nd pregnancy, I didn't use any moisturiser then. For pregnancy's no.3 and this one, (am currently 36wks,) I used Bio Oil and was fab! Am massive! (I tend to sport a 47" bump, all out front at term shock) and these last two pregnancies I've not developed any further stretch marks smile

laracroft2001 Sat 15-Oct-11 19:52:41

i completely love bio oil! I am 32+4 and was tiny before so my skin on my stomach has been stretched quite a bit but I dont have a single stretch mark yet. I also love palmers cocoa butter!

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