I am very diligent when it comes to skincare. However, when it comes to body, erm… let’s just say I don’t use much. At all. Other than shower gels. I get ambitious sometimes, buying body lotions and I’d be enthusiastic for a month or so, before it all goes back to square one, or square zero. When I was pregnant, my skin was drier than usual. The skin on my face cleared up tremendously, but my belly was stretched out pretty quick and it was getting very uncomfortable. It was then that I discovered L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil to relieve my skin of that tight feeling, like a balloon about to burst.
The L’Occitant Almond Supple Skin Oil comes in a clear glass bottle. I’m not sure why that is, because oils should be stored in a tinted bottle to avoid exposure to light. Otherwise, oils will go bad rather quickly. Because of the clear bottle, I store this in my vanity cupboard in my shower. Right after shower, I’d use 2 pumps of it on my belly and another one around my hips. When I was heavily pregnant, I’d use more because my skin needed it. Picture below shows how much you get in 1 pump.
I like that instructions are given on how to massage in the oil. I don’t use this on my whole body because I find this oil too rich for that. This is not a dry oil. It doesn’t get absorbed immediately. I like to use this to massage my tummy and hips for a few minutes to work the oil in. The stimulation is supposed to encourage blood circulation too. I used this diligently since the start of my second trimester, until after giving birth. Of course it would be ideal to continue using it, but I didn’t. I’d also like to add that there is a sweet scent to this oil. Some might like it, but some might not. I don’t mind it, but the scent does linger for a while.
So, did it prevent stretch marks from happening? I used this diligently during my first pregnancy, and there wasn’t stretch marks. I also used this diligently during my second pregnancy, but I developed some stretch marks. Not the angry red ones which turned dark though. Just very light lines and shit loads of loose skin. My ob-gyn told me that oils and creams don’t stop stretch marks from happening, but they do help relieve the skin from the discomfort. While the bottle says “Firming and Smoothing”, I beg to differ. It’s more like comforting and richly moisturizing. It surely did NOT firm up my skin, and perhaps a little smoothing, yes.
Have you tried this? I bought this online when there was special discount so it was rather cheap. I can’t remember the retail price at our local L’Occitane stores though. Do you believe that stretch marks can be prevented just by using oils and creams? I believe it mainly depends on your genetics and how elastic your skin is. Products will just assist in helping the skin bounce back a little faster. What do you think?