This week is all about stretch mark creams and today we’re reviewing the self proclaimed “top brand in Europe” – Mustela Stretch Mark Cream.
There are actually a few products in their line, but the one we’re going to focus on is their Intensive Action cream, designed to both prevent stretch marks and help reduce the appearance of them once they form.
They make a bold claim to be the top European brand, so let’s see exactly what these guys have in this our official Mustela Stretch Mark Cream review.
Let’s Break It Down
What we have here is a product that is more specifically designed for women during pregnancy.
The Double Action formula is their main prevention cream, whereas the Intensive Action one we’re focusing on here is meant to both prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
It supposedly does this by remodelling the affected area of skin by using what they call an Elastoregulator, which is science speak for a set of ingredients that control the production of collagen and elastin (support fibres that help our skin become more firm and elastic).
By producing more collagen, it’s believed that our skin can return to it’s previous state prior to the damage caused by overstretching the dermis.
Unlike Mederma’s stretch mark cream which focuses only on resolving the appearance of stretch marks, Mustela have made an effort to restore skin back to its previous state.
The question is, have they been able to achieve this with their formula?
Why It’s HOT!
The great thing about Mustela’s stretch mark cream is that they have tried to focus on resolving the problem instead of just masking it.
Using regulators such as Lupeol and Arabinogalactane which act as anti-inflammatories to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, they have found a way to be slightly successful in our opinion.
It’s also completely hypoallergenic, which means allergies won’t be a threat no matter who you are.
Of course this process only works for the short term and therefore other ingredients are needed to stimulate the production of replacement skin cells while the swelling is down and that’s where we believe Mustela could do a little better.
Why It’s NOT!
We believe Mustela’s formula to be slightly less effective for the long term when it comes to repairing the damage caused by stretch marks.
Although they do use some powerful anti-inflammatories to help bring down the swelling – which for the short term does help to reduce overall appearance – there’s just something lacking to help restore damaged skin to ensure the results stay permanent.
As far as we can tell, these guys clearly focus more on the prevention side of stretch marks in relation to pregnancy, as opposed to helping remove them once they are formed.
In terms of immediate results, most people who we have spoken to that have tried Mustela’s intensive action cream, did mention they saw a change fairly rapidly.
But then after stopping application, the reduced overall appearance was short lived and we believe that’s because of the lack of restoration capabilities contained within their formula.
It’s not the worst cream on the market, but there certainly are better ones available if you’re looking for a more permanent solution.