The range of products provided by Clarins for stretch marks is one of the richest and most impressive out there. Clarins is a well-established and respected skincare brand, which always delivers high-quality products.
It is with this in mind that we set about reviewing their extensive list of stretch mark products, to help you find which might work best for you.
So, let’s have a look at those yummy Clarins stretch mark creams and oils!
A Review of Clarins Products for Stretch Marks
1. Body Partner Stretch Mark Expert Review
Banking on one of their old formulas, but with added ingredients and a ‘mom-friendly’ experience, the Body Partner Stretch Mark Expert is Clarins’ latest offering in stretch mark treatment, which is why we’re starting with it, also.
To best understand this product, you need to look at the ingredient list, as well as the way it is designed to work on your skin, to assess whether it does the job or not.
How does the Stretch Mark Expert Work?
After thorough research, the Clarins Laboratories seem to have come up with a brand new plant-based blend, the PythoStretchComplex.
The PythoStretchComplex uses a potent mix of Centella Asiatica and Organic Green Banana, as well as other natural ingredients. It is concentrated to just the right proportions to work both on fading away existing stretch marks. The formula mainly targets those fresh ones that are red, brown, or purple, but also functioning well in hydrating the skin and preventing the appearance of new marks.
This Clarins stretch mark cream is a very light-weight, easily absorbed lotion that claims to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production rapidly.
Although it boosts an impressive score of over 90% in smoothing the skin and soothing irritation and sensitive skin, the only review on the Clarins website is a disappointing two stars, which isn’t a great sign. Still, we’re willing to have faith, even though there aren’t many reviews for this, being a relatively new product.
What’s in It?
Ingredient lists speak volumes, in our opinion, so let’s have a look at what goes into the Stretch Mark Expert and how it works on your stretch marks.
- Centella Asiatica – one of the best and most well-documented anti-stretch mark ingredients out there. Multiple studies have shown that this herb, also known as Gotu Kola, has been used for centuries in natural skincare, thanks to its’ antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the skin surface free of bacteria.
It also comes highly recommended for fading away stretch marks (both for use during and after pregnancy), because it can improve collagen and elastin production, as well as the regeneration of damaged skin cells.
- Green Banana – long known for its’ anti-aging properties, the banana (and particularly the green banana) is another favorite ingredient in the battle against stretch marks. It’s excellent when consumed internally, but also when applied directly to the skin.
It is rich in both potassium and vitamin A: potassium will strengthen your skin and help it retain moisture, and vitamin A is one of the #1 stretch mark treatments in the world. Why? Because it not only contributes to restoring moisture to your damaged skin, but can also smooth out rough textures, which makes it a much-lauded ingredient for acne scars, wrinkles, and indeed, stretch marks.
Vitamin A also stimulates collagen production and helps your skin renew (or, if you will, heal itself).
- Hazelnut – though less well-known, it’s a phenomenal ingredient for treating stretch marks. Hazelnut oil, specifically, is loaded with essential fatty acids that feed and nurture your skin. It contains vitamin E, which boosts your skin’s natural healing process and moisturizes, and particularly rich in oleic acid (omega 9), which acts as a potent moisturizer, deeply nourishing the molecules.
Hazelnut Oil also acts as an astringent on the skin. Stretch marked skin is, essentially, damaged and thus, more sensitive, which means it’s in even bigger need of protection than normal skin. By keeping away dirt and bacteria, the hazelnut oil creates an ideal environment for new skin cells to thrive.
Overall, Clarins’ Stretch Mark Body Expert boasts a pretty impressive ingredient list, with remarkably few of those unhealthy chemicals in the mix, which we love.
What do People Say?
We use our research, as well as customer reviews, to determine what the benefits of each product are, as well as its’ shortcomings.
- Great feeling after application;
- Although light-weight, the product’s consistency is thick enough so that you can still feel it coating and hydrating your skin;
- Fragrance-free – great for mothers who are smell-sensitive during pregnancy;
- Fast absorbing;
- Improved skin elasticity after use.
- Very few reviews – good or bad.
What can You Expect?
Thanks to its’ ingredient list, as well as the highly reputable Clarins brand, we believe that it does have some effect on stretch marks. It’s full of powerful hydrating agents, and as Clarins carries with it an excellent moisturizing record, you can expect this product to make your skin look plump and healthy.
You can also expect to see an improved level of collagen and elastin, as well as a definite improvement in your existing stretch marks because of the Centella Asiatica and the vitamin A levels in the Green Banana. As we said, vitamin A is an incredible anti-stretch mark agent, and most creams that have it are usually a worthwhile treatment, as well.
Clarins recommends an exclusive application method for optimal results. They advise rubbing the formula between your hands, to bring up its’ temperature, which in turn will make your skin accept it more easily.
Rub it in small, circular motions over the affected skin area – belly, thighs, breasts, legs, you name it. Make sure you rub it into the skin well – again, this helps with absorption and also gives your skin a little massage, which stimulates the blood flow in the specific area. Better blood flow means faster healing and skin regeneration.
Clarins also recommends using your palm (as opposed to your fingers) to smooth the cream into your skin, especially when using it on the breasts.
P.S.: The Body Partner Stretch Mark Expert is currently available in the Clarins store at clarinsusa.com, though not on Amazon.
Centella Asiatica, Banana, Hazelnut
2. Clarins Stretch Mark Control Review
One of their older formulas, Stretch Mark Control cream, is also more trusted by customers since it has had more time to gather reviews and prove its’ efficiency.
Unlike the Body Partner, this one does not specifically state that it’s approved or in any way tested by pregnant women. Still, from what we gather, it’s been used by pregnant women all over the world and doesn’t seem to have had any negative effects.
How does Clarins Stretch Mark Control Work its’ Magic?
First of all, it’s best to note that this product is advertised more for preventive care, rather than the treatment of existing stretch marks. By using its’ Centella Asiatica formula, it seeks to boost the collagen and elastin production, while firming up the skin and thus, better preparing it for stretching.
But then again, we feel it’s worth noting that prevention is a rather tricky subject, as genes heavily influence the appearance of stretch marks, and far less by what you put on your skin (though, of course, better-moisturized skin will fare better than dry skin).
By strengthening the skin barrier and improving elasticity, the Clarins Stretch Mark Control promises to fade the color of your marks, as well as help your skin face upcoming stretch marks in the future.
Clarins boasts an overwhelming 100% satisfaction rate for the hydration properties of this product, but only 77% for improving the appearance of existing stretch marks.
The Oh-so-telling Ingredients’ List
The Stretch Mark Control cream has a lot of similar ingredients with the Body Expert, though it does come out somewhat short, in the long run.
- Centella Asiatica – As mentioned earlier, Centella Asiatica is one of the most potent agents that will protect your skin against stretch marks and can effectively help fade the bright, often embarrassing colors of stretch marks.
With Centella Asiatica, you can safely say goodbye to those angry, red stretch marks that have been plaguing your appearance, and you can rest assured that your skin is overall cleaner and more moisturizer with this herb.
- Squalane – This is something that your body naturally produces, but the production slows down as you get older, making a supplement needed.
Squalane helps your skin cells regenerate, thanks to the fact that it enhances oxygenation in the organism. It also acts as a shield, when applied topically, strengthening the natural barrier of the skin and protecting it against outside factors, the damaging effect of free radicals, and the cultivation of bacteria – all this encourages cell regeneration and improves the appearance of your skin.
- Hydrogenated-Coco Glycerides – Derived from the very popular Coconut Oil, this ingredient acts as an emollient and is well-known for its’ hydrating properties. It is generally used to regulate consistency and not considered dangerous for use.
- Glycerin – Another ingredient known for its’ long-lasting moisturizing effect, glycerin, also helps smooth out the texture of your skin by filling in the little cracks that appear in dry, aged, or stretch-marked skin.;
It also helps repair damaged skin and boosts the regeneration of affected skin cells, while at the same time aiding your skin in retaining moisture, which makes it another effective cure for stretch marks.
Though containing many good ingredients, the Clarins Stretch Mark Control lotion also contains several dangerous and unhealthy ones, such as:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS),
- Isoparaffin (a mixture of mineral oils)
- Dimethicone (traps dirt and bacteria under the skin and prolonger exposure can lead to skin sensitivity and irritation).
For us, this constitutes a major minus in this otherwise good product.
What’s Everyone’s Take on It?
Some have excellent things to say about this product, while others do not, the main complaint being that it fails to do what it’s supposed to…
- Nice ingredients;
- Easily absorbed;
- Light-weight and non-greasy;
- Great tightening effect;
- Firms up saggy skin – usually an issue with stretch marks;
- Moisturizes thoroughly and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin.
- Dangerous chemicals.
Overall, the good reviews far outweighed the bad, and it seems to be a fairly good moisturizing product, though it is yet unclear how well it acts in preventing or healing stretch marks.
So, you can expect it to tighten your skin and maybe firm up your stretch-marked skin. It’s promising when it comes to moisturizing.
As before, make sure you insist on giving yourself a good massage while applying for the sake of healthy blood flow. Rub in small circles all over the affected area and use twice daily, in the morning and evening, after a hot, pore-opening shower.
P.S.: The Stretch Mark Control cream is no longer available on the Clarins USA website, but it is still on Amazon.
Centella Asiatica, Squalane, Hydrogenated-Coco Glycerides, Glycerin
3. Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer Lotion Review
The Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer employs a similar formula to the Stretch Mark Control Cream, but with a focus on helping reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks.
The Minimizer is a more budget-friendly, yet a quality option. At the time of writing, it’s seeing an awesome sale on Amazon and goes for only $33.
With its’ Centella Asiatica and Crowberry extract (a Clarins original innovation), this unisex Minimizer sets out to smooth out the overall appearance and texture of your skin, seeking to fill in the tiny cracks that might appear along with stretch marks.
It also claims to moisturize intensively and toughen up the skin, making it more elastic, and thus less prone to stretch damage. It’s also supposed to help soothe itchy, irritated skin, which can be a real problem during pregnancy.
- Crowberry – definitely not one of the most popular or well-known skincare ingredients, but by the looks of it, a most interesting and promising one.
Crowberry is a rich source of vitamin C, which is well known for its’ restorative properties when used on the skin. It’s great in treating wrinkles and stretch marks, as it protects the skin against the effect of free radicals and encourages overall health.
Crowberry is also choc-full of anti-oxidants, which again promoted a healthy skin development and regeneration, keeping it free of bacteria.
This innovative ingredient was heavily researched by Clarins Labs and proven to be efficient in treating and healing damaged skin.
- Centella Asiatica – we’re starting to sound repetitive; we know. Still, we cannot stress enough how great this herb extract is for treating and healing your skin, and its’ presence in any product raises our hopes tremendously that it genuinely affects stretch marks.
This age-old treatment boosts micro-circulation, as well as collagen production and skin repair. It’s also been known to cause tightening of stretch-marked skin, and thus improve appearance.
Sadly, we cannot offer a more in-detail review of the Minimizer’s ingredients. The ingredient list was not published by Clarins, which raises a major red flag for us, as it does not permit us to verify it against our list of dangerous chemicals or, indeed, verify the potency of its’ beneficial ingredients.
The reviews for this Minimizer, however, are excellent, averaging a 4 or higher rating on most of the websites we’ve checked.
- Scentless, which might be of use during pregnancy;
- Easily absorbed and did not leave a greasy feeling on the skin;
- Soothed itchy skin during pregnancy;
- Cheaper than other Clarins products;
- Left skin feeling super-soft and nourished;
- Does seem to have some effect in fading away colored stretch marks (as opposed to old, white ones);
- Some potent, natural ingredients, like Centella.
- No way of knowing what’s in it – some online ingredient lists that claim to be correct for this product list multiple dangerous chemicals;
- According to beautypedia.com, Crowberry is not encouraged in pregnant or lactating women and can be toxic to the skin cell. The fact that the Minimizer is advertised as safe for pregnancy raises some concern.
I can’t say I have a perfect feeling about this product. As with most stretch mark creams, there are the reviews claiming it’s great, but the Cons, for me, at least, is just too many to give it more than a passing grade.
As with any skincare product, make sure you massage it well into clean skin, to ensure proper absorption. Don’t just dump it atop the skin, but rub in. Use twice daily.
P.S.: Like the Stretch Mark Control cream, the Minimizer is no longer available through Clarins USA, but can be purchased on Amazon.
Crowberry, Centella Asiatica
4. Tonic Body Treatment Oil Review
While not technically a stretch mark product, I’ve seen the Clarins Tonic Oil recommended and mentioned by many customers treating stretch marks, which is why we include it in our list.
The Clarins oil for stretch marks, as you can see, comes with overwhelmingly positive reviews, but do they hold water?
The Idea Behind It
Oils are generally recommended for massaging the skin, especially during pregnancy, as they have a better chance at penetrating the skin layers and so can better hydrate. We have a whole article on the benefits of regularly massaging stretch-marked skin and believe it’s a very efficient approach to healing.
The Clarins Tonic Oil, a concentrated blend of 100% plant extracts, sets out to improve the elasticity of your skin while hydrating it and providing added softness and relief.
Finally, a Clarins product where we can get being the ingredient list 100%. It is truly based on only plant extracts and oils that are extremely beneficial for the skin, like:
- Rosemary Oil – a great source of anti-oxidants, it’s particularly recommended for soothing dry or itchy skin. It works well in a variety of skin problems. Rosemary oil massage also helps to open up the pores and warm up the blood vessels, thus encouraging better circulation.
- Mint Oil – another excellent way of soothing and cooling the skin, as well as keeping it clean from bacteria.
- Geranium Oil – amazing for restoring skin’s tonus and health, and promoting more rapid cell turnover and regeneration. For these reasons, it’s extremely efficient in skin affected by stretch marks.;
- Hazelnut Oil – as mentioned before, a powerful restorative and deep moisturizer that helps heal the skin and improve elasticity. It also boosts the skin’s natural water retention.
So, what’s the Scoop on It?
Truly impressive reviews for this Tonic Oil, and with good reason, as far as we can tell. We love the ingredient list and the following arguments:
- Pleasant, not too strong scent;
- Absorbs well and leaves a feeling of nourishment on the skin;
- Great ingredients, again;
- Soothes itchy skin – also useful in treating acne, apparently;
- Some say it helped prevent stretch marks.
There are, as always, a couple of against arguments, also:
- Might leave skin and hands feeling too greasy;
- Might not also work great for oily skin or sensitive areas – might be too heavy and clog pores;
- A bit pricey.
But really, we are impressed with this product and think it’s worth the extra bit of cash.
Wondering What You can Expect from This Tonic Oil?
A well-nourished, soft, and elastic skin that adapts well to rapid weight loss. In as much as any topical product can prevent stretch marks, this one has a lot of potential, and we think it’s a worthwhile moisturizer, as well.
How should I Use It?
If you’re able to give your self massages or perhaps ask a relative or friend, do that and use this oil for the massage. This warms up the skin and the vessels and makes your skin more open to all the yummy benefits of this product.
Applying it as soon as you’ve come out of the shower might also help your skin absorb it better.
Rub in smooth motions all over the skin and follow up with a stretch mark cream, if you deem it necessary – make sure you give it time to absorb, though.
Rosemary Oil, Mint Oil, Geranium Oil, Hazelnut Oil
Conclusion: Which Clarins Product to Use for Stretch Marks?
While we don’t feel confident about recommending the Stretch Mark Control cream or the Stretch Mark Minimizer, due to the ingredients, we highly recommend using the Toner Oil. Toner Oil is an efficient way to deal with stretch-marked and damaged skin.
We also recommend the Body Partner Stretch Mark Expert, despite its’ lack of reviews. We’re confident about the ingredient list and love the addition of the green banana extract, on top of the already amazing Centella Asiatica.
We also like that it’s been tested for use during pregnancy. It seems as if Clarins are stepping up their game, and we think that the Toner Oil and the Body Partner would make an awesome combo (also, a great gift idea, if you know someone who’s expecting!).
Any Lingering Questions…
Results – When can You Expect Them?
In as little as three or four weeks, apparently. Result times vary from product to product, and we recommend using a moisturizer lotion or oil as soon as you find out you’re expecting or become aware of a future weight change. Usually, products take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to show improvement.
Can I Use the Clarins Products in Pregnancy?
Yes, the Clarins products are generally safe for use during pregnancy, though we have expressed our doubts about the Crowberry ingredient.
Will the Results Last?
Yes, if you’ve gone through pregnancy/weight loss/puberty etc. and have managed to prevent stretch marks, then you won’t get them. However, it’s essential to continually keep skin hydrated, for best appearance, prevention and fading existing marks.
Once again, we recommend going with the Toner Oil for its’ high-quality, natural ingredients, and giving the Body Partner a try, also thanks to the awesome ingredients.
However, given the generally high price of Clarins products, we do believe that there are other, cheaper options out there, such as the Mustela Stretch Mark Cream – you can read an in-depth review of other stretch mark creams here.
We hope our review has helped you settle on the right product for you and your skin!