As a person whose weight admittedly yoyos faster than Formula Rossa, it’s natural I took an immediate interest to Celeteque Maternity Anti Stretch Mark Cream (PHP 445 for 100ml). Mine came from Sample Room. It may seem foolish to hope that stretch marks may still fade, but call me a hopeless romantic.
Quick Specs: 100ml; manufactured in Thailand; hypo-allergenic; dermatologist tested; OB-Gynecologist-certified safe for pregnant women; according to the directions, it can be used on the abdomen, thighs, and breasts; best to start using this at the onset of pregnancy; can be used to minimize appearance of existing stretch marks
- No icky scent. If I sniff closely, I think I can get a whiff of something minty.
- No sticky feel. Someone used to shea body butter will find this surprisingly light, though the cream looks puffy right out of the tube.
- The consistency of the cream and the tube-type packaging go together, so no worries about any messes.
- If you’re really trying to prevent stretch marks, then you’d want to be liberal with your application. That said, 100 ml is sure to run out quick for those who slather this all over.
Verdict: Did it work? For existing stretch marks, not so much. Like I said, I came in with no huge expectations, and I was right not to. Prevention is still better than cure, so if you’re pregnant, in that awkward teenage growth spurt phase, or going through sudden weight-gain, it’s probably worth a try since you at least know that you exercised the necessary precautions.