There was only one time when seeing a tiger was funny- when smoldering Bradley Cooper woke up with Stuart in “The Hangover”. Unfortunately, stretch marks that look like tiger claws on your body aren’t funny at all. Whether it was puberty’s gift to you, or your precious baby’s way into the world, these scars are a universal problem amongst women of all shapes and sizes. Women develop stretch marks at various times during life, usually marked by rapid growth and stretching of the skin (puberty, pregnancy, or other periods of weight gain). As the dermis (a layer of your skin) stretches, or is exposed to shearing forces small tears can lead to these unsightly lines. But don’t fret ladies, Mama Mio has got your back (and your belly and your hips).
Mama Mio’s “Goodbye Stretch Marks”, is a blend of peptides, fruit and algae extracts, and oils that aims to help reduce the signs of both old and new stretch marks. The ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy and while nursing, but can be used at any time- preggers or not.
The Nitty-Gritty: The product is packaged in a pump and allows you to squeeze out as much as you need. This is better than the typical tub or jar where it’s easy to waste product.The scent is generally mild, although it may be strong for some. The texture of this product is amazing! It’s a mix between whipped cream and body butter, and glides onto skin easily. Although the instructions say apply 3x/day for 12 weeks, the third application was pretty challenging. The am and pm application was pretty simple, but that mid-day one is killer. I used an alarm on my cell phone but that plan lasted for about five minutes. So unless you can be really diligent, you’ll probably manage to do two applications, maybe three on weekends.
The Results: It was easy to be skeptical, but this product is all around legitimate. You won’t see results overnight (and the company reminds you of this on their website and packaging), but after two to three times daily applications, you’ll start to notice softening and fading of your stretch marks. The vibrant white or red will fade and you will notice the marks begin to blend into your skin. It took about four weeks to start seeing results, and you may not see a change for six weeks, but be patient, and you’ll be glad you toughed it out. By week ten, the smaller stretch marks were practically invisible and larger/deeper ones were fading.
The Price: A tube of Goodbye Stretch Marks will set you back about $70. Obviously, this is not a small sum of money. Having said that, you will NOT be disappointed with the results. If you use the product as directed (paint on to your stretch marks) you will need one tube, depending on how many marks you want to work on.The natural ingredient list will also make you feel good about what you are using on your body.
The Bottom Line: Many products claim to reduce or eliminate stretch marks, but few actually deliver results. If used correctly, you’ll get great results from the Goodbye Stretch Marks cream. The price is a bit steep, but the natural ingredients and extracts make the premium worth it. Additionally,the cream has a targeted formulation that is specific for stretch mark relief and healing, making it much more effective than traditional oils or cocoa butter, which are mainly used for moisturizing. Even if you can’t manage the 3x/day application you are still likely to see benefit, so it is absolutely worth a try- you have nothing to lose except your stretch marks!