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From Most Natural to Most Effective, These Are the Top Five Retinol Cream Products Ranked.
Stretch marks are an age-old problem….literally! No one is happy to see stretch marks form on their belly, hips, or butt - but sooner or later, they arrive. It’s a natural stretching of the skin that happens to almost everyone. And while there’s plenty of expensive surgeries, lasers, and chemical peels that can help rid you of the unsightly marks, we’re not all swimming in gold coins. If you’re like us, you want to find an affordable solution to stretch marks. But of course there are dozens upon dozens of beauty products that promise renewed skin and ageless beauty. How are we to know which ones work?
Well, thankfully for both of us, we did the research to find 5 stretch mark removers worth trying that won’t break the bank!
Let’s get started!
This is by far our favorite choice when it comes to products specifically for removing stretch marks. The Glow Fairy’s Retinol Body Glow Wand is a highly-condensed retinol balm that you easily apply to any area of concern on your body. The Body Glow Wand comes packed with retinol along with a handful of effective ingredients (including squalane, vitamin E, and lanolin) to help boost your skin’s moisture and collagen production and help lessen the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles, and dark spots while giving your skin a smoother and softer feel. Not only that, it was the only product on our list to offer a special 50% off discount code SECRET50, which made it one of the most affordable. So cool! The balm is easy to apply with just a few swipes needed every night on the areas of skin that need your help. Highly recommended!
Matrescence essentially made a super effective body butter. It’s great for your whole body. A mix of aloe vera, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, it surprisingly doesn’t leave your body feeling too sticky or slippery. It feels great and smells good, too, but we’re not convinced it’s the most effective solution to stretch marks. Without retinol, we wonder if it’s not just basically a super strong moisturizer. Good to have, but probably not your front line defense.
This all-over salve is a great solution for “maintenance”. Will it reverse signs of aging? Maybe. But if you’re looking for something to help maintain and keep your body feeling healthy, this is a great solution. Lauren’s All Purpose Salve is filled with helpful nutrients including lavender oil, shea butter and coconut, hemp, jojoba, sweet almond, peppermint, and patchouli oils. It’s like a hippie’s dream potion. That said, does it have what it takes to reverse and revitalize your skin? A big maybe.
It’s surprising how many companies offer creams and salves verse concentrated balms, which seem to work better. That said, ML’s cream does seem to hit some of the marks. While the last two creams relied on moisturizers to do the heavy lifting, this stretch mark removal cream uses hyaluronic acid and silicones which can help strengthen skin and reverse the signs of aging. Our only worry is the safety of the silicones. There’s little information on how these are made. Better transparency always helps when you’re putting chemicals on your skin if you ask us.
Effectiveness: 90% (for early stages)
Mederma has a great list of ingredients to help battle stretch marks. Most importantly, dimethicone (a silicone) and hyaluronic acid, both which are strong ingredients for age revival. Mederma recommends this cream for early signs of stretch marks, and is most effective when you first notice them. Keep that in mind if you’ve been dealing with stretch marks for many, many years.
While we feel we recommended some great products for your stretch marks, we believe The Glow Fairy's product was the top choice. We wanted to talk further with our investigative reporter Stephanie Marianne who helped create the rankings list and how The Glow Fairy Retinol Body Glow Wand worked for her. Stephanie tells the story.
But then my best friend, who I trust with my life, swore by The Glow Fairy Retinol Body Glow Wand. She would swipe it on every night before she went to bed. After a few weeks her stretch marks started to fade and her skin felt tighter and more vibrant. I, of course, didn’t believe her. But then she showed me a before and after. I was stunned. Week by week the stretch marks became less noticeable all together! I begged her to let me borrow her Body Glow Wand. Instead she gave me a secret 50% OFF code, SECRET50, and I ordered my own Body Glow Wand immediately.
I received a package in the next few days and applied that night. The application is super simple, just open the Body Glow Wand and swipe it on! LOL, but actually, for best effectiveness, post-shower, after your body is clean and dry. Do your nightly routine and leave the Body Glow Wand for last. Warm up the balm a little by rubbing onto your finger for an easier swipe. Then, apply the balm around the areas of your body where you see stretch marks, or where stretch marks commonly appear (hips, stomach, butt, etc). You can also apply to other areas of your body that seem to sag or skin looks rough, flakey, or scaly. Just a few swipes and voila!
I, of course, expected results immediately. But it will take a few weeks to see the real results (so I made sure to snap a few before photos). While I waited, I ended up doing a little research on the ingredients that go into the Body Glow Wand and found the retinol wasn’t the only thing helping my fine lines disappear…
Of course, there’s retinol, which helps neutralize free radicals in the skin and encourage the production of collagen. The rich source of vitamin A is so effective in helping boost collagen that it’s almost the only ingredient needed. But Glow Fairy did an amazing thing of adding the extra punches with some of these other ingredients…
This ingredient is wild! It’s a highly-effective natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help reduce wrinkles and reverse the effects of UV damage and while fighting free radicals. It’s really great at reversing skin damage, and making old, tough skin feel renewed.
Vitamin E is an essential ingredient in any skin product, and if you’re using products that don’t have it, rethink your decisions! Vitamin E basically creates a forcefield around your skin to prevent moisture loss. While doing that, it also helps fight skin damage and signs of aging.
A super moisturizer that helps repair cracked and damaged skin. While retinol and squalane are doing the heavy lifting, lanolin steps in and cleans up those small issues for even more beautiful looking skin.
So, finally, after 4 weeks, I decided to check if I could see results… and wow! The stretch marks around my hips and butt were reduced by half! And my skin as a whole felt tighter and smoother than it had in a LONG time. I was convinced.
I was officially converted into a Body Glow Wand believer! I hope you will, too!